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PLANKER Florian
Sport Para alpine skiing, Para ice hockey
NPC Italy   
GenderMen
Age42
Place of BirthBolzano, ITA
Height1.88 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Further Personal Information
Family
Wife Evelina, 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
Ulrich Larch [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, 27 Jan 2019)
Hobbies
Collecting mushrooms, hiking. (comitatoparalimpico.it, 08 Feb 2018)
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 wife Helina. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
Italian alpine skier Isolde Kostner. (Athlete, 08 Mar 2014)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
He uses the same hockey sticks if he reaches next stage of a competition, and replaces them if not. (comitatoparalimpico.it, 08 Feb 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Always give the maximum and use your head." (comitatoparalimpico.it, 08 Feb 2018)
Awards and honours
He was flag bearer for Italy at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (paralympic.org, 09 Mar 2018)
Other sports
He represented Italy in Para alpine skiing at the 1998 Paralympic Winter Games in Nagano, and 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; esquire.com, 09 Mar 2018; VANOC, 21 Mar 2010)
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
1 2011 Team  
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