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MAYRHOFER Patrick
Sport Para snowboard
NPC Austria   
GenderMen
Age31
Place of BirthRohrbach, AUT
Height1.73 m
Weight 65 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
SB-UL
Further Personal Information
Marital status
Married
Family
Wife Isabella
Residence
Vienna, AUT
Occupation
Technician
Languages
English, German
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began snowboarding in 2000 through a school course. He was introduced to Para snowboard in 2012.
Why this sport?
He had been snowboarding for 15 years before his accident. In 2012 he was at an exhibition about prosthetics where the Austrian Paralympic Committee had a booth. He talked to them and chose to pursue Para snowboard.
Name of coach
Jean-Claude Keipes [national]
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Being selected to compete at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, and winning gold in the SB-UL banked slalom at the 2015 World Championships in La Molina, Spain. (Athlete, 09 Mar 2018)
Most influential person in career
His wife Isabella. (Athlete, 09 Mar 2018)
Injuries
In February 2017 he suffered a knee injury during a training run which ruled him out for the rest of the year. (Facebook page, 13 Oct 2017; oepc.at, 02 Aug 2017)
Awards and honours
He was named the 2015 Sportsman with an Impairment of the Year in Austria. (parasport.at, 30 Oct 2015)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (oepc.at, 02 Aug 2017)
Impairment
In February 2008 he was working as an electrical engineer on a high-voltage power supply at a cement plant in Austria. He touched a 6000-volt power line, severely damaging his left hand and losing the thumb and part of the middle finger of his right hand. Doctors tried to reconstruct his left hand without success, so in July 2010 his left arm was amputated about 17 centimetres below the elbow. (Athlete, 09 Mar 2018; tips.at, 06 Jul 2011)
Other information
OCCUPATION
He works as a prosthetic technician. (Athlete, 09 Mar 2018)

PIONEER
He received worldwide media attention in 2011 when Austrian scientists fitted him with a pioneering bionic left arm, the first of its kind to be fitted in Europe. The hand is connected to his body through a socket containing electrodes that are in direct contact with the skin. The electrodes receive neuroelectrical signals from his brain's nervous system, allowing him to move the hand, grasp objects, ride a bicycle, go rock climbing and eat with a knife and fork. "I can do so many things I could not do before, like brush my teeth and tie my shoe laces." (dw.de, 2012; tips.at, 06 Jul 2011; bbc.com, 18 May 2011)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
5 2014/2015 Snowboard Cross - Upper Limb Impaired  
1 2014/2015 Banked Slalom - Upper Limb Impaired 1:31.65
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
5 2018 Snowboard Cross - Upper Limb Impaired  
2 2018 Banked Slalom - Upper Limb Impaired 51.36
World Cup Finals
Rank Year Event Result
4 2015/2016 Snowboard Cross - Upper Limb Impaired  
1 2015/2016 Snowboard Cross - Upper Limb Impaired  
1 2015/2016 Banked Slalom - Upper Limb Impaired 57.00
  2017/2018 Snowboard Cross - Upper Limb Impaired  DNS
3 2017/2018 Banked Slalom - Upper Limb Impaired 1:17.59