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Andrzej Szczesny

Alpine Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW2

Further personal information

Family
Wife Ilona
Residence
Rymanów, POL
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Polish
Higher education
Trade - Electrician - Vocational School for the Disabled: Busko-Zdrój, POL

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began Para alpine skiing at age 16.
Why this sport?
He joined a sports club for people with impairments at high school. He first tried volleyball, but was encouraged by the club president to try skiing at a winter camp. Despite not enjoying the sport at first, he was encouraged to continue and decided to pursue the sport.
Club / Team
START Bielsko Biala: Poland
Name of coach
Mariusz Klusak [national], POL; Michal Klusak [national], POL

International debut

Year
2000
Competing for
Poland
Location
Austria

General interest

Nicknames
Andy (Facebook page, 17 Nov 2016)
Injuries
He fractured the tibia [shinbone] in his left leg during a slalom training session in November 2016. He underwent surgery in Austria and was ruled out of competing in the 2016/17 season, eventually returning to competition during the 2019/20 season. (Facebook page, 17 Nov 2016; tvp.pl, 07 Feb 2020)

He broke his left leg while slalom training shortly before the start of the 2006 Paralympic Winter Games in Turin. (VANOC, 12 Feb 2010)
Other sports
He has competed in Para cycling at national level in Poland. (sts-timing.pl, 19 Sep 2020)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing, and to win a Paralympic medal. (tvp.pl, 07 Feb 2020)
Impairment
His right leg was amputated in 1992 at age 10 due to bone cancer. (VANOC, 12 Feb 2010; natemat.pl, 03 Feb 2013)
Other information
TELEVISION APPEARANCE
In 2015 he won the Polish version of the reality television show 'Celebrity Splash', where participants compete in the sport of diving. He donated half of his 25,000 Euros prize money to help support a child born without hands or legs. "I participated [in the show] to show that being a person with an impairment you can do many great things. I made it. I did my best and people appreciated it." (telemagazyn.pl, 26 Apr 2015; pomponik.pl, 15 May 2015; festiwalsilymarzen.pl, 2015)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games (Vancouver, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Slalom Standing Final Round 26
Men's Giant Slalom Standing Final Round 25
Men's Super Combined Standing Final Round 15
Men's Super-G Standing Final Round 30
IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships (Kangwonland, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Slalom Standing Final 2009-02-20 13
Men's Super-G Standing Run 2 2009-02-24 35
IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships (La Molina, Spain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Slalom Standing Race 1 2013-02-24 7
Men's Giant Slalom Standing Race 1 2013-02-26 19
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Super-G Standing Final Round 2014-03-09 9999
Men's Slalom Standing Final Round 2014-03-13 10
Men's Super Combined Standing Final Round 2014-03-14 9999
Men's Giant Slalom Standing Final Round 2014-03-15 22
2015 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships Panorama (Panorama, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Giant Slalom Standing Race 1 2015-03-08 17
Men's Slalom Standing Race 1 2015-03-10 11