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VELASQUEZ PENALOZA Arly
Sport Para alpine skiing
NPC Mexico   
GenderMen
Age30
Place of BirthCancún, MEX
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW10-1
Further Personal Information
Residence
Park City, UT, USA
Occupation
Athlete, Motivational Speaker
Languages
English, Spanish
Higher education
Universidad Tecnologica de Mexico: Mexico City, MEX
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began the sport in 2009 while on holiday in Canada.
Why this sport?
He was into mountain biking before his accident, and after his rehabilitation he wanted to get back into sports. "I was depressed and that made me return to sport. I tried many sports until I found skiing. It helped me return to the mountains and be surrounded by nature again."
Name of coach
Marcel Kuonen [advisor], SUI, from 2016
Training Regime
In the winter months he trains in Park City, UT, United States of America. In the summer months he mostly does handcycling and gym training in Mexico City, Mexico. For the 2017/18 season he was based in Europe.
General Interest
Injuries
He crashed while competing at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi that obliged him to undergo surgery and stay out of the sport for a year. (paralympic.org, 29 Nov 2017)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
He always takes a moment to think about his mother, his sister and also his late father and grandmother before every competition. "I remember her laughing and him dancing. It makes me smile and relaxes me." (revisaccesos.com, 2014; paralympic.org, 29 Nov 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"People's strongest power is their will power." (aztecatrece.com, 09 Jun 2017)
Awards and honours
He was chosen as Mexico's flag bearer for the opening ceremony of the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. He also carried out the same duty at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (pyeongchang2018.com, 09 Mar 2018; paralympic.org, 07 Mar 2014)
Other sports
He has also competed in Para cycling. (conade.gob.mx, 08 Jul 2012)
Ambitions
To win Mexico's first medal at the Paralympic Winter Games. (arlyvelasquez.com, 11 Apr 2017)
Impairment
In 2001 a mountain bike accident resulted in spinal cord injuries. (record.com.mx, 22 Jan 2014; revistaccesos.com, 2014; arlyvelasquez.com, 11 Apr 2017)
Other information
GOING IT ALONE
Mexico does not have an official Para alpine skiing team, which means he is responsible for organising everything for himself outside of training and competition. "I'm my own team manager. I'm my own administrative assistant, also my own marketing person, my own everything. That's the most challenging part." (pyeongchang2018.com, 09 Mar 2018)

EQUIPMENT BUILDER
He has built his own skiing equipment in the past, using carbon fibre. "I decided to build my own equipment because it is an expensive sport. I invest in material and spend many hours building it. I am very proud of it." (revistaccesos.com, 2014)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
33 2010 Slalom - Sitting 3:17.41
26 2010 Giant Slalom - Sitting 3:58.55
  2014 Downhill - Sitting DNF
11 2014 Super-G - Sitting 1:30.57
  2014 Giant Slalom - Sitting DNF
  2018 Downhill - Sitting  DNF
17 2018 Super-G - Sitting 1:32.67
  2018 Giant Slalom - Sitting  DNF
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
12 2012/2013 Downhill - Sitting 1:36.59
15 2012/2013 Super-G - Sitting 1:16.76
  2012/2013 Slalom - Sitting  DNF
  2012/2013 Super Combined - Sitting  DNF
  2012/2013 Giant Slalom - Sitting  DNF
World Cup Final
Rank Year Event Result
  2016/2017 Downhill - Sitting  DNF
  2016/2017 Super-G - Sitting  DNF
  2016/2017 Super-G - Sitting  DNF
  2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Sitting  DNF
  2016/2017 Slalom - Sitting  DNS
  2017/2018 Downhill - Sitting  DNF
  2017/2018 Downhill - Sitting  DNF
  2017/2018 Super-G - Sitting  DNF
  2017/2018 Super-G - Sitting  DNF