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Arly Aristides Velasquez Penaloza

Alpine Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW10-1

Further personal information

Residence
Mexico City, MEX
Occupation
Athlete, Business Owner, Motivational Speaker
Languages
English, Spanish

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began skiing in 2009 while he was on holiday in Canada.
Why this sport?
He was into mountain biking before his accident, and after his rehabilitation he wanted to get back into sports. "I was depressed and that made me return to sport. I tried a lot of sports before I found skiing. It helped me return to the mountains and be surrounded by nature again."
Name of coach
He regularly trains in Park City, UT, United States of America.

General interest

Hobbies
Playing drums and the bass guitar. (e-consulta.com, 11 Feb 2022)
Most influential person in career
His mother and his sister. (animal.mx, 12 Feb 2022)
Injuries
He required back surgery after he was involved in a crash while competing at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. He was put into an induced coma for three days due to complications during surgery. He began experiencing problems with his speech and vision following the surgery, which kept him away from the sport for two years. (joya937.mx, 22 Oct 2018; paralympic.org, 29 Nov 2017; animal.mx, 12 Feb 2022)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
He always takes a moment to think about his mother, his sister and also his late father and grandmother before every competition. "I remember her laughing and him dancing. It makes me smile and relaxes me." (revisaccesos.com, 2014; paralympic.org, 29 Nov 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"People's strongest power is their will power." (aztecatrece.com, 09 Jun 2017)
Awards and honours
He was named Mexico's flag bearer for the opening ceremony of the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (IPC Entries, 04 Mar 2022)

He was flag bearer for Mexico at both the opening ceremony and the closing ceremony of the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. He also carried out the same duty for the opening ceremony at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (paralympic.org, 18 Mar 2018, 07 Mar 2014; pyeongchang2018.com, 09 Mar 2018)
Other sports
He has also competed in Para cycling. (conade.gob.mx, 08 Jul 2012)
Ambitions
To win Mexico's first medal at the Paralympic Winter Games. (arlyvelasquez.com, 11 Apr 2017)
Impairment
In 2001 a mountain bike accident resulted in spinal cord injuries. (arlyvelasquez.com, 11 Apr 2017; record.com.mx, 22 Jan 2014; revistaccesos.com, 2014)
Other information
GOING IT ALONE
He was Mexico's sole representative at the Paralympic Winter Games in 2014, 2018, and 2022, and was one of two Mexican athletes at the 2010 Games in Vancouver. "It [Beijing 2022] is the fifth time [Mexico has appeared at the Paralympic Winter Games] but it's my fourth Paralympics. If it was not for my stubbornness to keep competing, pushing, challenging myself on the mountain, Mexican representation wouldn't be here. I love it." Mexico does not have an official Para alpine skiing team, which means he is responsible for organising everything for himself outside of training and competition. He has also built his own skiing equipment in the past, using carbon fibre. "I'm my own team manager. I'm my own administrative assistant, also my own marketing person, my own everything. That's the most challenging part. I decided to build my own equipment because it is an expensive sport. I invest in material and spend many hours building it. I am very proud of it." (paralympic.org, 07 Mar 2022; SportsDeskOnline, 08 Mar 2022; pyeongchang2018.com, 09 Mar 2018; revistaccesos.com, 2014)

BEGINNINGS
While on holiday in Banff, AB, Canada, he tried monoskiing for the first time on New Year's Day in 2009, and decided he wanted to pursue the sport further. When he returned to Mexico, he sold all his possessions, including his car, before travelling north again. At the US border he bought an old truck and drove to Utah, where he began training. 14 months later he competed at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver. "At the beginning, for many years, a lot of people in Mexico thought that I was going for holidays. And I was like, 'I cannot show you videos or pictures, but I'm pretty sure that this is nothing like a holiday. They didn't quite understand until [my friend] was recording and showing what is really happening." (paralympic.org, 05 Jun 2020)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
In 2020 he launched an organic bakery business based in Mexico. (Facebook profile, 22 Sep 2021; Panuino Facebook page, 20 Jul 2020)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games (Vancouver, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Giant Slalom Sitting Final Round 26
Men's Slalom Sitting Final Round 33
IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships (La Molina, Spain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill Sitting Race 1 2013-02-20 12
Men's Super-G Sitting Race 1 2013-02-21 15
Men's Slalom Sitting Race 1 2013-02-24 9999
Men's Super-Combined Sitting Race 1 2013-02-25 9999
Men's Giant Slalom Sitting Race 1 2013-02-26 9999
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill Sitting Final Round 2014-03-08 9999
Men's Super-G Sitting Final Round 2014-03-09 11
Men's Giant Slalom Sitting Final Round 2014-03-15 9999
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill Sitting Final 2018-03-10 9999
Men's Super-G Sitting Final 2018-03-11 17
Men's Giant Slalom Sitting Final 2018-03-14 9999
Kranjska Gora/Sella Nevea 2019 World Para Alpine Skiing Championships (Kranjska Gora/Sella Nevea, Slovenia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Giant Slalom Sitting Race 1 2019-01-21 15
Men's Downhill Sitting Race 1 2019-01-30 9999
Men's Super-Combined Sitting Race 1 2019-01-31 9999