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INTERNATIONAL PARALYMPIC COMMITTEE
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Alexandra Starker in an Alpine Skiing race

Alexandra Starker

Alpine Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
LW6/8-2

Further personal information

Residence
Calgary, AB, CAN
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began skiing at age four and took up alpine racing at age 12.
Name of coach
Jean-Sebastien Labrie [national]
Coach from which country?
Canada

International debut

Year
2012
Competing for
Canada

General interest

Nicknames
Sandbag (alpinecanada.org, 2013)
Hobbies
Travelling, mentoring junior athletes, playing the guitar, reading, painting. (kamloopsthisweek.com, 27 Mar 2013, paralympic.ca, 21 Jan 2014)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing on her home hill at the 2012 World Cup finals in Panorama, BC, Canada. (alpinecanada.org, 01 Dec 2012)
Most influential person in career
Her parents and coaches. (alexandrastarker.com, 01 Jan 2013)
Hero / Idol
Canadian alpine skiers John Kucera, Nancy Greene, Ken Read. (alpinecanada.org, 01 Dec 2012; cg2011.gems.pro, 2011)
Injuries
In December 2008 she broke her tibia and fibula while skiing. She was in a cast for two months before doctors decided to re-break and re-set her leg. The metal rod and screws required to support the breaks were removed in April 2010. (alexandrastarker.com, 26 Mar 2011)
Awards and honours
She was named the International Paralympic Committee's [IPC] Athlete of the Month for December 2011. (paralympic.org, 01 Jan 2012)
Other sports
She has also represented Canada's sitting volleyball team. (alexandrastarker.com, 20 Mar 2012; Twitter profile, 24 Jan 2013)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (alexandrastarker.com, 20 Mar 2012)
Impairment
She was born without part of her left arm below the elbow. (alexandrastarker.com, 26 Mar 2011)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships (La Molina, Spain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Downhill Standing Race 1 2013-02-20 7
Women's Super-G Standing Race 1 2013-02-21 7
Women's Slalom Standing Race 1 2013-02-24 3
Women's Super-Combined Standing Race 1 2013-02-25 3
Women's Giant Slalom Standing Race 1 2013-02-26 3
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Super-G Standing Final Round 2014-03-10 7
Women's Slalom Standing Final Round 2014-03-12 6
Women's Super Combined Standing Final Round 2014-03-14 9999
Women's Giant Slalom Standing Final Round 2014-03-16 10