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CORRADINI Melania
Sport Para alpine skiing
NPC Italy   
GenderWomen
Age31
Place of BirthCles, ITA
Height1.73 m
Weight 61 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
LW6/8-1
Further Personal Information
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Italian, Spanish
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She first tried skiing at age five, and was introduced to Para alpine skiing at age 16.
Why this sport?
"When I was five my mother put me on skis, she gave me the passion for snow and skiing. In 2004 she took my brother to a race in Val di Fiemme and discovered there were also Paralympic competitions, so I started racing on the circuit."
Name of coach
Davide Gros [national], ITA
Senior International Debut
Year
2003
Competing for
Italy
General Interest
Nicknames
Melly (solowattaggio.com, 29 Dec 2017)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a silver medal in the super-G at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver. (redbull.com, 15 Jan 2016)
Hero / Idol
Austrian alpine skier Hermann Maier, Italian motor racing driver and Para road cyclist Alex Zanardi. (redbull.com, 15 Jan 2016)
Injuries
An injury prevented her from competing at the 2015 World Championships in Panorama, BC, Canada. (fisip.it, 04 Mar 2015)

During a practice run at the 2014 World Cup event in Panorama, BC, Canada, she fractured her left collarbone and was unable to compete at the event. (comitatoparalimpico.it, 13 Jan 2014)

In November 2012 she suffered an injury to the cruciate ligament in her knee. She underwent surgery on the injury in March 2013, and began skiing again in July 2013. (superabile.it, 26 Nov 2013; italian.ruvr.ru, 15 Mar 2013)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I look at what I have and not at what I am missing. I have always enjoyed challenges since I was a child." (ildolomiti.it, 09 Oct 2017)
Awards and honours
In January 2017 she received a commemorative plaque from the mayor of Ville d'Anaunia, Italy, in recognition of the commitment and perseverance she has showed in her career. (ansa.it, 03 Jan 2017)

She was Italy's flag bearer during the opening ceremony of the 2006 Paralympic Winter Games in Turin. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2014)
Impairment
She was born without her left arm. (redbull.com, 15 Jan 2016)
Other information
BIONIC ARM
In July 2017 she used for the first time a bionic arm, a prosthesis that integrates with her muscles and nervous system. I am still a beginner, but this is a great honour and hope. For the first time I will have the opportunity to try and live with both hands. She had tried a prosthetic arm as a child, but she discontinued its use because she found it very uncomfortable. (ognisportoltre.it, 21 Dec 2017; Facebook profile, 23 Jul 2017; giornaletrentino.it, 23 Jul 2017)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
4 2010 Downhill - Standing 1:30.70
8 2010 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:48.28
2 2010 Super-G - Standing 1:31.92
7 2010 Super Combined - Standing 2:38.01
  2014 Downhill - Standing  DNF
8 2014 Super-G - Standing 1:38.57
  2014 Super Combined - Standing DNS
  2014 Giant Slalom - Standing DNF
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
5 2003/2004 Downhill LW3,6/8,9 1:30.58
4 2003/2004 Super-G LW3,6/8,9 1:37.32
5 2003/2004 Giant Slalom LW3,6/8,9 2:35.42
  2003/2004 Slalom LW3,6/8,9  DNF
2 2008/2009 Downhill - Standing 1:59.96
5 2008/2009 Slalom - Standing 1:59.27
2 2008/2009 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:19.67
3 2008/2009 Super-G - Standing 1:06.57
1 2008/2009 Super Combined - Standing 2:05.41
4 2010/2011 Downhill - Standing 1:30.94
4 2010/2011 Super-G - Standing 1:28.09
  2010/2011 Super Combined - Standing  DNF
4 2010/2011 Slalom - Standing 1:47.67
5 2010/2011 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:27.73
6 2012/2013 Downhill - Standing 1:44.13
6 2012/2013 Super-G - Standing 1:24.27
  2012/2013 Super Combined - Standing  DNS
7 2012/2013 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:32.83
6 2016/2017 Super-G - Standing 1:13.65
  2016/2017 Super Combined - Standing  DSQ
5 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:35.37