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SANA Eleonor
Sport Para alpine skiing
NPC Belgium   
GenderWomen
Age21
Place of BirthWoluwe, BEL
Height1.56 m
Weight 49 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
B2
Guide
Chloe Sana [sister]
Further Personal Information
Residence
Court-Saint-Étienne, BEL
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
French
Higher education
Physical Education - Saint Etienne College: Court-Saint-Étienne, BEL
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began competing in Para alpine skiing in 2014.
Why this sport?
She wanted to be involved in competition.
Club / Team
Embarquement Immediat: Liège, BEL
Name of coach
Stefan Sazio, FRA
Senior International Debut
Year
2014
Competing for
Belgium
Tournament
International Tournament
Location
Landgraaf, NED
General Interest
Hobbies
Shopping, watching television series, spending time with friends. (bestrong.be, Feb 2015)
Memorable sporting achievement
Placing first in downhill at the 2016 World Cup event in Tignes, France. (Athlete, 07 Mar 2018)
Most influential person in career
Her guide and sister Chloe Sana. (Athlete, 07 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
US alpine skier Lindsey Vonn. (Athlete, 07 Mar 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I never lose. Either I win, or I learn." [South African politician Nelson Mandela] (bestrong.be, Feb 2015)
Awards and honours
She was named the flag bearer for Belgium at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (pyeongchang2018.com, 09 Mar 2018)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (Facebook page, 12 Dec 2017)
Impairment
She was born with bilateral retinoblastoma, a cancer of the retina in the eye. (leblogdesamisdesaveugles.wordpress.com, 04 Mar 2016; Athlete, 07 Mar 2018)
Other information
NATIONAL FIRST
She became the first female athlete representing Belgium to win a medal at the Paralympic Winter Games by claiming a bronze in the visually impaired downhill event at the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang. (pyeongchang2018.com, 11 Mar 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
3 2018 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:31.60
4 2018 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:36.00
6 2018 Super Combined - Visually Impaired 2:35.92
6 2018 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:33.89
8 2018 Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:05.63
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
  2014/2015 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired DSQ
  2014/2015 Slalom - Visually Impaired DNF
3 2016/2017 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:19.02
2 2016/2017 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:14.34
4 2016/2017 Super Combined - Visually Impaired 2:08.80
4 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:37.15
6 2016/2017 Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:43.74
World Cup Final
Rank Year Event Result
4 2016/2017 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:40.03
7 2016/2017 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:50.58
5 2016/2017 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:40.63
5 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:33.92
5 2016/2017 Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:56.81