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Sport Para alpine skiing, Wheelchair Basketball
NPC Netherlands   
Place of BirthLeiderdorp, NED
Height1.15 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Further Personal Information
Leiderdorp, NED
Dutch, English, German
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport at age seven on a bi-unique ski at the artificial ski slope in Huizen, Netherlands. After a year he began using a monoski.
Why this sport?
"The speed and control you can have on the slope is amazing. We don't have mountains in Holland so it's always nice to travel to them."
Name of coach
Falco Teitsma [national], NED; Nick Elsewaerd [national], NED
Training Regime
He trains at the National Sports Centre Papendal in Arnhem, Netherlands. He has sessions twice a day, five days a week.
Senior International Debut
Competing for
Landgraaf, NED
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Finishing third on his World Cup debut. (Athlete, 29 Sep 2016)
Hero / Idol
Dutch Para alpine skier Kees-Jan van der Klooster. (IPC, 10 Feb 2018)
He fell and broke his wrist during the 2012 Christmas period. He was in plaster for four weeks. (, 16 Apr 2013)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"You can't buy happiness but you can buy a lift pass." (IPC, 10 Feb 2018)
Awards and honours
He was named the International Paralympic Committee [IPC] Athlete of the Month for January 2017. (, 09 Feb 2017)

He has been nominated as Paralympian of the Year in the Netherlands, and as Sportsman of the Year in Leiderdorp, Netherlands. (IPC, 10 Feb 2018)
Other sports
He has represented the Netherlands at U18 and U22 level in wheelchair basketball. (, 2012)
To win gold at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (Instagram profile, 08 Sep 2017)
He was born without shinbones, which resulted in both of his legs being amputated above the knee at age one. (IPC, 10 Feb 2018;, 2016;, 2012)
Other information
He became the first Dutch athlete to win a Paralympic medal in alpine skiing by claiming victory in sitting super combined at the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang. He also became the first Dutch Para alpine skier to win a world title when he won gold in sitting super combined at the 2017 World Championships in Trevisio, Italy. (, 13 Mar 2018;, 05 Feb 2017;, 28 Jan 2017)

He has served as an ambassador for the Johan Cruyff Foundation in the Netherlands. (Twitter profile, 21 Jul 2017)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para alpine skiing
Rank Year Event Result
  2018 Downhill - Sitting  DNF
7 2018 Super-G - Sitting 1:27.63
1 2018 Super Combined - Sitting 2:11.59
  2018 Giant Slalom - Sitting  DSQ
  2018 Slalom - Sitting  DNF
World Championships - Para alpine skiing
Rank Year Event Result
11 2016/2017 Downhill - Sitting 1:16.70
13 2016/2017 Super-G - Sitting 1:08.59
1 2016/2017 Super Combined - Sitting 1:51.25
1 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Sitting 2:16.75
1 2016/2017 Slalom - Sitting 1:24.61
World Cup Final - Para alpine skiing
Rank Year Event Result
  2015/2016 Giant Slalom - Sitting  DNF
  2015/2016 Giant Slalom - Sitting  DNF
7 2015/2016 Slalom - Sitting 1:21.43
  2016/2017 Downhill - Sitting  DNF
2 2016/2017 Super-G - Sitting 1:30.07
1 2016/2017 Super-G - Sitting 1:25.39
2 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Sitting 2:12.31
2 2016/2017 Slalom - Sitting 1:32.28
6 2017/2018 Downhill - Sitting 1:16.97
6 2017/2018 Downhill - Sitting 1:15.23
9 2017/2018 Super-G - Sitting 1:23.52
4 2017/2018 Super-G - Sitting 1:18.90