PyeongChang 2018 was a highly-positive experience for Paralympic debutant Arthur Bauchet. The French teenage sensation claimed four alpine skiing silvers in the men’s super-combined, super-G, downhill and slalom standing.
He will most surely continue to be a one to watch in the years to come.
It was only his second season as a competitive athlete. On his debut season, he also delivered an outstanding performance by winning gold in the men’s giant slalom and slalom standing at the World Championships in Tarvisio, Italy. He also added silver in the super-G.
Bauchet also ended seventh in the 2016-17 World Cup overall rankings and third in the super-G.
He has hereditary spastic paraplegia, a condition affecting his spinal cord that causes weakness and tremors in his legs and makes him fatigued.
Further personal information
Sport specific information
A sports complex in Grimaud, France, has been named after him. (varmatin.com, 08 Apr 2019)
He competed in able-bodied skiing until age 10, when the symptoms of his impairment began impacting his ability to walk. "From age 10, the symptoms of my impairment began to manifest. I kept competing, but as my condition deteriorated, my father would have to carry me towards the end of a race, and I would end up on crutches more often than I was able to stand on my skis. At age 14, things got even worse. I could no longer walk and barely sit up. After many months of testing, I was finally diagnosed with a damaged spinal cord, which caused a failure to the nervous system in the lower half of my body. This leads to uncontrollable tremors, painful cramps, balance issues, and of course, an inability to ski. In 2015 I underwent a heavy treatment that allowed me to walk again with the aid of crutches, and to ski again. I got into Para skiing in 2016 after I moved to Briancon with my mother." (arthurbauchet.com, 01 Apr 2020)
|Men's Downhill Standing||Race 1||2017-01-25||5|
|Men's Super-G Standing||Race 1||2017-01-26||2|
|Men's Super-Combined Standing||Race 1||2017-01-28||8|
|Men's Giant Slalom Standing||Race 1||2017-01-30||1|
|Men's Slalom Standing||Race 1||2017-01-31||1|
|Men's Downhill Standing||Final||2018-03-10||2|
|Men's Super-G Standing||Final||2018-03-11||2|
|Men's Super Combined Standing||Final||2018-03-13||2|
|Men's Giant Slalom Standing||Final||2018-03-14||9999|
|Men's Slalom Standing||Final||2018-03-17||2|
|Men's Giant Slalom Standing||Race 1||2019-01-21||1|
|Men's Slalom Standing||Race 1||2019-01-23||1|
|Men's Downhill Standing||Race 1||2019-01-30||3|
|Men's Super-Combined Standing||Race 1||2019-01-31||1|
|Men's Super-G Standing||Race 1 (from SC)||2019-01-31||2|