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KRAKO Jakub
Sport Para alpine skiing
NPC Slovakia   
GenderMen
Age28
Place of BirthŽilina, TCH
Height1.77 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
B2
Guide
Branislav Brozman
Further Personal Information
Marital status
Married
Family
Wife Andrejka, son Leo [2018]
Residence
Prievidza, SVK
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, German, Slovak
Higher education
Business - University of Economics in Bratislava: Slovakia
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began skiing in 1998 at the Remata ski resort in Raztocno, Slovakia.
Why this sport?
"It is fast and dangerous, so why not?"
Club / Team
SKZP Pegas Remata: Slovakia
Name of coach
Roman Petrik [national]; Martin Makovnik
Senior International Debut
Year
2004
Competing for
Slovakia
Location
Austria
General Interest
Hobbies
Sport. (Facebook page, 12 Nov 2018)
Injuries
He suffered an injury to his left knee at the 2015 NorAm Cup in Kimberley, BC, Canada. Doctors advised him the injury was not serious and he went on to compete the following week at the 2015 World Championships in Panorama, BC, Canada. On his return to Slovakia an MRI scan showed he had torn a ligament at the front of the knee. He underwent surgery in June 2015, and did not return to the slopes until July 2016. (IPC, 10 Feb 2018; paralympic.org, 06 Jun 2017; spv.sk, 23 Mar 2016; paralympic.org, 05 Nov 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Go as fast as possible, and then faster." (Athlete, 08 Mar 2014)
Awards and honours
He was flag bearer for Slovakia at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (sportky.zoznam.sk, 07 Mar 2014)
Impairment
He has Stargardt disease, an inherited condition that affects vision. (IPC, 10 Feb 2018; Athlete, 08 Mar 2014)
Other information
NATIONAL FIRST
He became the first Slovak male athlete to claim gold at the Paralympic Winter Games after winning the visually impaired super combined event at the 2010 Games in Vancouver. Later in the Games he also triumphed in the slalom and giant slalom. (SportsDeskOnline, 16 Nov 2018; jakubkrako.com, 01 Apr 2018; sazps.sk, 02 Mar 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
4 2010 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:20.84
1 2010 Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:45.82
1 2010 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:41.99
2 2010 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:21.71
1 2010 Super Combined - Visually Impaired 2:14.61
4 2014 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:23.38
1 2014 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:20.58 
  2014 Slalom - Visually Impaired DNF
  2014 Super Combined - Visually Impaired DNF
2 2014 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:31.66 
2 2018 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:25.35
1 2018 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:26.11
  2018 Super Combined - Visually Impaired  DSQ
2 2018 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:15.59
2 2018 Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:37.54
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
5 2008/2009 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:47.98
1 2008/2009 Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:41.96
2 2008/2009 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:17.36
6 2008/2009 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:02.26
2 2008/2009 Super Combined - Visually Impaired 1:56.15
5 2010/2011 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:25.11
4 2010/2011 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:21.94
2 2010/2011 Super Combined - Visually Impaired 2:08.36
1 2010/2011 Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:28.83
2 2010/2011 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:12.10
14 2012/2013 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:32.31
10 2012/2013 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:15.34
5 2012/2013 Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:01.47
  2012/2013 Super Combined - Visually Impaired  DNF
4 2012/2013 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:16.76
12 2014/2015 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:36.81
7 2014/2015 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:15.13
4 2016/2017 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:12.72
2 2016/2017 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:05.22
3 2016/2017 Super Combined - Visually Impaired 1:52.28
  2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired  DNS
3 2016/2017 Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:29.60
World Cup Final
Rank Year Event Result
4 2016/2017 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:29.20
4 2016/2017 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:34.21
3 2016/2017 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:30.51
1 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:14.34
1 2016/2017 Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:35.54
3 2017/2018 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:18.41
6 2017/2018 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:18.46
2 2017/2018 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:19.98
2 2017/2018 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:20.32