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Anna Beninati

Alpine Skiing


Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Park City, UT, USA
Athlete, Coach
Higher education
Music Studies - Colorado State University: United States

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She first tried a sit-ski in 2011, just two months after her accident.
Why this sport?
"Skiing was the thing that turned my recovery around. I went skiing for the first time two months after the loss of my legs. My mom was complaining about me always in the house, and so she told me you need to do something with your life because you're driving me nuts. I thought I'd go skiing a couple times a year. But I did one run down and thought, 'Where can I buy this equipment and make it part of my life?'"
Club / Team
National Ability Center: United States

General interest

Rush (Facebook profile, 28 Dec 2018)
Horse riding. (, 2016)
Hero / Idol
Swiss Para alpine skier Stephani Victor. (, 2016)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
She arrives at the start line early so that she can listen to music and dance. "I have a pre-race playlist for every event, my slalom songs are very different from my super G songs. I prop my ski rig up on my outriggers, so my arms are free, and I dance to the music." (, 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"When I'm skiing, I'm able-bodied again. When I'm in my sit-ski, I'm whole. The fact that I don't have legs doesn't mean anything on the ski hill." (, 21 Apr 2016)
To compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (, 01 Mar 2018)
In September 2011 she attempted to jump onto a moving train but slipped and fell under it, crushing her legs in the process. She lost nearly all of her left leg and her right leg above the knee. "It was a surreal moment. I saw my legs getting crushed, the train going over my legs. For a long time I would have nightmares of a red background with white splinters. I remember thinking, 'What have I done?' I felt my femur snap. I remember thinking I was going to die." (, 27 Oct 2012)
Other information
She works as an instructor for Wasatch Adaptive Sports in Snowbird, UT, United States of America. She also gives talks at prisons and youth detention centres about the consequences of making bad decisions. (Facebook profile, 28 Dec 2018;, 01 Mar 2018)


Unit Date Rank
Kranjska Gora/Sella Nevea 2019 World Para Alpine Skiing Championships (Kranjska Gora/Sella Nevea, Slovenia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Giant Slalom Sitting Race 1 2019-01-22 9999
Women's Slalom Sitting Race 1 2019-01-24 5
Women's Downhill Sitting Race 1 2019-01-30 9999
Women's Super-Combined Sitting Race 1 2019-01-31 5
Women's Super-G Sitting Race 1 (from SC) 2019-01-31 5