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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
Languages
Polish
Higher education
Trade - Electrician - Vocational School for the Disabled: Busko-Zdroj, POL

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began para-skiing at age 16.
Why this sport?
At age 16 he started to attend a high school in Busko-Zdroj, Poland, where he joined a sports club for children with impairments. He first tried volleyball, but in winter he was encouraged by the club president to attend a winter camp to try skiing. He did not enjoy the sport at first, however an official continued insisting that he give it one more chance. The second camp was more successful for him and he decided to start training.

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. (Facebook page, 17 Nov 2016)

He broke his left leg while slalom training shortly before the start of the 2006 Paralympic Winter Games in Turin. (VANOC, 12 Feb 2010)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (pomponik.pl, 15 May 2015)
Impairment
His right leg was amputated in 1992 at age 10 due to bone cancer. (VANOC, 12 Feb 2010; natemat.pl, 03 Feb 2013)

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