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CLARION Thomas
Sport Para biathlon, Para cross-country
NPC France   
GenderMen
Age37
Place of BirthSallanches, FRA
Height1.82 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Further Personal Information
Family
One son
Residence
Bonneville, FRA
Occupation
Physiotherapist
Languages
French
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He learned to ski in 1988 in Haute-Savoie, France.
Why this sport?
He was initially inspired to get into elite sport by the French female biathlon team that won gold in the relay at the 1992 Olympic Winter Games in Albertville. He enjoys being outside in nature, the sensation of skiing, keeping fit, and also believes the sport helps him to forget his impairment. "Adrenalin removes all fear, and I'm totally focused on my technique and skiing smoothly. Nothing else matters but living in the moment."
Senior International Debut
Year
2008
Competing for
France
Tournament
World Cup
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning two bronze medals at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (Athlete, 07 Mar 2018)
Most influential person in career
French Nordic combined athletes Fabrice Guy and Sylvain Guillaume. (Athlete, 07 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
French biathlete Martin Fourcade. (Athlete, 07 Mar 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"In competition there is always a first and a last. What matters is not being second of yourself." (malakoffmederic.com, Feb 2017)
Awards and honours
He was named Knight of the National Order of the Legion of Honour by the French government in 2018. He was previously named a Knight of the National Order of Merit by the French government in 2014. (nordicmag.info, 11 Apr 2018; legifrance.gouv.fr, 20 Apr 2014)
Other sports
He claimed two bronze medals in cross-country skiing at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, and has been involved in Para swimming at club level in France. (SportsDeskOnline, 16 Mar 2014; ffnatation.fr, 06 Jun 2010)
Impairment
At age 20 he lost his sight due to retinitis pigmentosa. (Athlete, 07 Mar 2014)
Other information
RETIREMENT
He retired from competitive Nordic skiing in late 2018. "The high-level ski adventure stops for me. I have decided to put an end to my practice." (Facebook page, 28 Nov 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
8 2010 3km Pursuit - Visually Impaired  
5 2010 12.5km Individual - Visually Impaired 47:56.4
15 2014 7.5km Sprint - Visually Impaired 30:04.3
Paralympic Games - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
6 2010 20km Freestyle - Visually Impaired 1:01:57.4
  2010 10km Classic Style - Visually Impaired  DNS
6 2010 1 x 4 + 2 x 5km Relay Open 42:10.8
15 2010 1km Sprint Classic Style - Visually Impaired  
10 2014 1km Sprint Freestyle - Visually Impaired 4:32.26
3 2014 4 x 2.5km Relay Open 25:30.3 
3 2014 10km Freestyle - Visually Impaired 27:52.3 
3 2018 20km Freestyle - Visually Impaired 53:52.3
Semifinal 2018 Sprint Classic Style - Visually Impaired 4:43.8
4 2018 10km Classic Style - Visually Impaired 28:25.8
1 2018 4 x 2.5km Relay Open 22:46.6
World Championships - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
10 2008/2009 3.6km Pursuit - Visually Impaired  
6 2008/2009 12.5km Individual - Visually Impaired 50:27.8
8 2010/2011 3km Pursuit - Visually Impaired 12:07.5
6 2010/2011 7.5km Sprint - Visually Impaired 27:33.2
7 2010/2011 12.5km Individual - Visually Impaired 50:44.1
6 2012/2013 7.5km Sprint - Visually Impaired 26:25.3
12 2012/2013 12.5km Middle - Visually Impaired 49:06.1
13 2012/2013 15km Individual - Visually Impaired 45:38.8
11 2014/2015 7.5km Sprint - Visually Impaired 22:17.5
World Championships - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
10 2008/2009 20km Classic Style B1-3 1:07:01.3
6 2008/2009 1 x 4 + 2 x 5km Relay Open 48:52.6
9 2008/2009 10km Freestyle B1-3 28:09.1
5 2010/2011 10km - Visually Impaired 26:02.7
8 2010/2011 20km - Visually Impaired 1:05:33.5
  2010/2011 1km Sprint - Visually Impaired  DNS
5 2010/2011 1 x 4 + 2 x 5km Relay Open 48:48.1
6 2012/2013 20km - Visually Impaired 56:05.6
4 2012/2013 4 x 2.5km Relay Open 26:34.4
6 2012/2013 10km - Visually Impaired 29:55.5
2 2014/2015 20km - Visually Impaired 45:29.8
8 2014/2015 1km Sprint - Visually Impaired  
1 2014/2015 4 x 2.5km Relay Open 27:10.6
5 2014/2015 10km - Visually Impaired 28:37.0
3 2016/2017 1km Sprint - Visually Impaired  
1 2016/2017 4 x 2.5km Relay Open 23:55.9
5 2016/2017 20km - Visually Impaired 1:04:01.7
2 2016/2017 10km - Visually Impaired 22:45.6