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LÍSCH Claudia
Sport Para alpine skiing
NPC Austria   
GenderWomen
Age30
Place of BirthVienna, AUT
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW11
Further Personal Information
Residence
Innsbruck, AUT
Occupation
Public Servant, Student
Languages
English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
Higher education
Political Science - University of Innsbruck: Austria
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began skiing at age three. She took up Para alpine skiing in 1998 in Kaunertal, Austria.
Why this sport?
She was inspired to try Para skiing after watching a race on television in 1996. "I love being outside and a sunny day on a perfectly prepared slope is the best feeling in the world."
Name of coach
Eric Digruber [national], AUT; Chris Ebenbichler [fitness]
Senior International Debut
Year
2001/02
Competing for
Austria
General Interest
Hobbies
Watching tennis, playing the flute, taking part in quizzes and trivia competitions, politics. (Facebook page, 03 Sep 2017; paralympic.org, 03 Jan 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning two gold medals at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver. (pyeongchang2018.com, 09 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
Swiss tennis player Roger Federer, US tennis player Andre Agassi. (IPC, 10 Feb 2018)
Injuries
She missed most of the 2015/16 season due to a broken femur in her left leg. She sustained the injury in a car accident in December 2015. (IPC, 10 Feb 2018; perfecthealth.at, 01 May 2017)

She broke her nose when slalom skiing in 2013. (IPC, 10 Feb 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Smile, never lose the courage and continue fighting." (perfecthealth.at, 01 May 2017)
Awards and honours
She was named flag bearer for Austria at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (pyeongchang2018.com, 09 Mar 2018)

She was named the Female Para Athlete of the Year at the 2014 Night of Sports Gala in Vienna, Austria. (paralympic.org, 31 Oct 2014)

She was received the Para Athlete of the Year award at the 2014 Lower Austria Sports Gala. (noe.orf.at, 23 Oct 2014)

She was named the 2013 Sportswoman of the Year by the Austrian Paralympic Committee [OBSV]. (derstandard.at, 23 Nov 2013)
Ambitions
To win gold in downhill at the 2018 Paralympic Games in Pyeongchang. (IPC, 10 Feb 2018; tips.at, 09 Mar 2017)
Impairment
She has paraplegia as the result of a car accident she was involved in at age five. (IPC, 10 Feb 2018; xn--gesnderleben-flb.at, 01 Mar 2010)
Other information
QUIZ MASTER
She enjoys taking part in quizzes, and has taken part in international competitions. "I do it for fun because it takes my mind off skiing when times are tough. For the moment it's just a hobby. [There is] a lot of studying. I have to do a lot Wikipedia reading." (pyeongchang2018.com, 11 Mar 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
7 2006 Super-G - Sitting 1:44.35
3 2006 Downhill - Sitting 1:50.34
3 2010 Downhill - Sitting 1:29.89
1 2010 Slalom - Sitting 2:12.05
8 2010 Giant Slalom - Sitting 3:23.13
1 2010 Super-G - Sitting 1:33.89
2 2010 Super Combined - Sitting 2:44.28
  2014 Downhill - Sitting DNF
2 2014 Super-G - Sitting 1:31.20 
5 2014 Slalom - Sitting 2:24.55
  2014 Super Combined - Sitting DNF
2 2014 Giant Slalom - Sitting 2:55.91 
  2018 Downhill - Sitting  DNF
2 2018 Super-G - Sitting 1:35.71
  2018 Super Combined - Sitting  DNF
3 2018 Giant Slalom - Sitting 2:29.30
  2018 Slalom - Sitting  DNF
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
4 2003/2004 Downhill LW10-12 1:38.42
5 2003/2004 Super-G LW10-12 1:49.50
9 2003/2004 Giant Slalom LW10-12 3:02.89
  2003/2004 Slalom LW10-12  DNF
  2008/2009 Downhill - Sitting  DNF
4 2008/2009 Slalom - Sitting 2:14.30
2 2008/2009 Giant Slalom - Sitting 2:33.06
5 2008/2009 Super-G - Sitting 1:11.11
2 2008/2009 Super Combined - Sitting 2:09.68
3 2010/2011 Downhill - Sitting 1:35.35
3 2010/2011 Super-G - Sitting 1:29.03
2 2010/2011 Super Combined - Sitting 2:33.11
2 2010/2011 Slalom - Sitting 1:52.62
2 2010/2011 Giant Slalom - Sitting 2:32.43
4 2012/2013 Downhill - Sitting 1:44.76
1 2012/2013 Super-G - Sitting 1:18.86
  2012/2013 Slalom - Sitting  DNF
1 2012/2013 Super Combined - Sitting 2:04.29
1 2012/2013 Giant Slalom - Sitting 2:29.70
1 2014/2015 Downhill - Sitting 1:33.29
  2014/2015 Super-G - Sitting  DNF
1 2014/2015 Super Combined - Sitting 2:04.79
2 2014/2015 Giant Slalom - Sitting 2:17.02 
1 2014/2015 Slalom - Sitting 2:03.28 
2 2016/2017 Downhill - Sitting 1:18.28
1 2016/2017 Super-G - Sitting 1:08.97
2 2016/2017 Super Combined - Sitting 2:06.25
1 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Sitting 2:22.12
3 2016/2017 Slalom - Sitting 1:36.84
World Cup Final
Rank Year Event Result
  2016/2017 Downhill - Sitting  DNF
2 2016/2017 Super-G - Sitting 1:37.36
4 2016/2017 Super-G - Sitting 1:37.70
2 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Sitting 2:27.49
4 2016/2017 Slalom - Sitting 1:56.53
1 2017/2018 Downhill - Sitting 1:21.41
3 2017/2018 Downhill - Sitting 1:22.26
  2017/2018 Super-G - Sitting  DNF
5 2017/2018 Super-G - Sitting 1:35.58