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IMPELEN Linda
Sport Para alpine skiing
NPC Netherlands   
GenderWomen
Age33
Place of BirthHelmond, NED
Height1.73 m
Weight 62 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW11
Further Personal Information
Residence
Emst, NED
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Dutch, English, German, Spanish
Higher education
Leisure Management - Saxion University of Applied Sciences: Deventer, NED
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began skiing at age six, and took up Para alpine skiing in 2010.
Why this sport?
She had skied before her accident and wanted to continue with the sport. She was also in contact with Dutch Para alpine skier Kees-Jan van der Klooster during her rehabilitation.
Name of coach
Falco Teitsma [national], NED; Nick Elsewaerd [national], NED
Senior International Debut
Year
2013
Competing for
Netherlands
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Placing first in giant slalom at the 2018 World Cup event in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia. (Athlete, 07 Mar 2018)
Most influential person in career
Coach Nick Elsewaerd. (Athlete, 07 Mar 2018)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (nederlandseskivereniging.nl, 2017)
Impairment
In 2009 she was involved in a car accident while she was doing an internship in Australia. The accident resulted in paraplegia. (Athlete, 07 Mar 2018; lindavanimpelen.nl, 15 Nov 2017)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
She has served as an ambassador for Ekso Bionics. The company manufactures therapeutic devices that can help improve the strength and mobility of people with paraplegia. (barrierefrei-magazin.de, 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
7 2018 Super-G - Sitting 1:42.83
  2018 Super Combined - Sitting  DSQ
2 2018 Giant Slalom - Sitting 2:29.24
  2018 Slalom - Sitting  DSQ
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
  2016/2017 Downhill - Sitting  DSQ
  2016/2017 Super-G - Sitting  DNF
  2016/2017 Super Combined - Sitting  DNS
  2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Sitting  DNF
  2016/2017 Slalom - Sitting  DNS
World Cup Final
Rank Year Event Result
4 2016/2017 Downhill - Sitting 1:42.03
5 2016/2017 Super-G - Sitting 1:43.08
5 2016/2017 Super-G - Sitting 1:37.91
  2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Sitting  DNF
5 2016/2017 Slalom - Sitting 2:00.20