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PLANKER Florian
Sport Para alpine skiing, Para ice hockey
NPC Italy   
GenderMen
Age41
Place of BirthBolzano, ITA
Height1.88 m
Weight 80 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Further Personal Information
Marital status
* unknown *
Family
Daughter Iana
Residence
Selva di Val Gardena, ITA
Occupation
Bank Employee
Languages
English, German, Italian
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began playing Para ice hockey in 2007 in Bolzano, Italy.
Why this sport?
He had played ice hockey prior to his accident.
Club / Team
South Tyrol Eagles: Italy
Name of coach
Gottfried Kasslatter [club]; Massimo Da Rin [national], ITA
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Defence
Senior International Debut
Year
2007
Competing for
Italy
Tournament
European Championships
Location
Turin, ITA
General Interest
Nicknames
Flok (Facebook profile, 21 Mar 2017)
Memorable sporting achievement
Claiming gold in Para ice hockey at the 2011 European Championships in Solleftea, Sweden, and winning bronze in alpine skiing at the 2002 Paralympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018)
Most influential person in career
His late friend Tommi, who he played ice hockey with. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
Italian alpine skier Isolde Kostner. (Athlete, 08 Mar 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Give your all and never give up." (Athlete, 08 Mar 2014)
Awards and honours
He was selected as Italy's flag bearer for the opening ceremony of the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (paralympic.org, 22 Nov 2017)
Other sports
He won a bronze medal in alpine skiing [LW2 super G] at the 2002 Paralympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City. Prior to his accident he played able-bodied ice hockey in Italy's second tier league. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018; VANOC, 21 Mar 2010)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (pyeongchang2018.com, 05 Mar 2018)
Impairment
At age 17 his left leg was amputated above the knee after he was involved in a motorcycle accident. (Athlete, 08 Mar 2014)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para ice hockey
Rank Year Event Result
7 2010 Team  
6 2014 Team  
4 2018 Team  
World Championship - Para ice hockey
Rank Year Event Result
6 2008 Team  
7 2009 Team  
6 2012 Team  
6 2013 Team  
5 2015 Team  
5 2017 Team  
European Championships - Para ice hockey
Rank Year Event Result
2 2016 Team  
Paralympic Games - Para alpine skiing
Rank Year Event Result
6 1998 Downhill LW2 1:13.63
23 1998 Slalom LW2 2:27.26
  1998 Giant Slalom LW2  DSQ
  1998 Super-G LW2  DNF
7 2002 Downhill LW2 1:33.08
16 2002 Slalom LW2 1:48.21
5 2002 Giant Slalom LW2 2:35.67
3 2002 Super-G LW2 1:23.18
27 2006 Downhill - Standing 1:31.77
16 2006 Super-G - Standing 1:20.05
  2006 Giant Slalom - Standing  DNF
41 2006 Slalom - Standing 1:53.64
World Championships - Para alpine skiing
Rank Year Event Result
3 2003/2004 Downhill LW2 1:21.80
4 2003/2004 Super-G LW2 1:27.56
  2003/2004 Giant Slalom LW2  DNF
6 2003/2004 Slalom LW2 1:55.40
14 2008/2009 Downhill - Standing 1:56.01
  2008/2009 Slalom - Standing  DNF
25 2008/2009 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:22.76
4 2008/2009 Super-G - Standing 1:04.28
16 2008/2009 Super Combined - Standing 2:02.20