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TARABA Wojciech
Sport Para alpine skiing, Para snowboard
NPC Poland   
GenderMen
Age32
Place of BirthKraków, POL
Height1.74 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
SB-LL2
Further Personal Information
Residence
Kraków, POL
Occupation
Office Worker
Languages
English, Polish
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para snowboard in 2012.
Why this sport?
He was involved in snowboarding prior to his accident. After his rehabilitation he took up skateboarding and mountain biking, but began to miss snowboarding. He was encouraged to return to the sport by coach Malgorzata Kelm.
Club / Team
START Bielsko-Biala: Poland
Name of coach
Malgorzata Kelm [national], POL
Senior International Debut
Year
2012
Competing for
Poland
Location
Landgraaf, NED
General Interest
Nicknames
Wojtas, Wojtek (dziennikpolski24.pl, 01 Sep 2017; start.bielsko.pl, 21 Jan 2014)
Hobbies
Enduro mountain biking, reading. (polandbusinessrun.pl, 01 Dec 2017)
Memorable sporting achievement
Placing 11th in both the SB-LL2 snowboard cross and banked slalom at the 2015 World Championships in La Molina, Spain, and finishing 15th in standing snowboard cross at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (Athlete, 08 Mar 2018)
Most influential person in career
Coach Malgorzata Kelm. (Athlete, 08 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
Norwegian snowboarder Terje Hakonsen. (Athlete, 08 Mar 2018)
Injuries
He required surgery on his eye socket after crashing in training at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (przegladsportowy.pl, 17 Mar 2018)
Awards and honours
He was Poland's flag bearer at the closing ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (paralympic.org, 16 Mar 2014)
Impairment
In 2004 he fractured the tibia and fibula bones in his right leg in a snowboarding accident. Four months later, his leg had to be amputated below the knee due to medical malpractice. (tvp.pl, 26 Feb 2014; skimagazyn.pl, 2014)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
He works in a real estate office. (polandbusinessrun.pl, 01 Dec 2017; dziennikpolski24.pl, 01 Sep 2017)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships - Para snowboard
Rank Year Event Result
11 2014/2015 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
11 2014/2015 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 1:38.87
15 2016/2017 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
17 2016/2017 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 1:18.69
Paralympic Games - Para snowboard
Rank Year Event Result
15 2014 Snowboardcross - Standing 2:02.17
World Cup Finals - Para snowboard
Rank Year Event Result
13 2016/2017 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
13 2016/2017 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
16 2017/2018 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 1:12.33
15 2017/2018 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 1:27.12