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FRANCOIS Frederic
Sport Para alpine skiing
NPC France   
GenderMen
Age42
Place of BirthLouviers, FRA
Height1.78 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW11
Further Personal Information
Family
Daughter Mayla [2015]
Residence
Grenoble, FRA
Languages
English, French
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began Para alpine skiing in 2003 in Alpe d'Huez, France, and participated in his first competition in the same year.
Why this sport?
He returned to skiing following his snowboard accident simply to find out if he could still do it. "It was a test, I wanted to see whether I had been too traumatised or not. At first I only did it a little, and then eventually the taste for skiing returned more and more. I must admit, when I did snowboarding I didn't like competition, but once I got a taste for it I really started to enjoy it."
Senior International Debut
Year
2006
Competing for
France
Location
Austria
General Interest
Nicknames
Fred (IPC, 10 Feb 2018)
Most influential person in career
Francois Magnin, the alpine ski manager at Grenoble Handisport in France. (Athlete, 08 Mar 2014)
Injuries
In January 2010 he broke his clavicle into three pieces at Roll Rinn, Austria. The injury prevented him from competing at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver, and he did not return to competition until February 2011. (Athlete, 08 Mar 2014; lefreda.unblog.fr, 22 Dec 2011)
Awards and honours
In 2018 he was named Knight of the National Order of Merit in France. (republicain-lorrain.fr, 11 Apr 2018)

In 2018 he was named an Honorary Citizen of the city of Vaudreuil, France. (paris-normandie.fr, 25 Apr 2018)
Other sports
He won the ski cross sitting event [Para freestyle skiing] at the 2017 National Championships in France. (ski-handisport.org, 28 Mar 2017)
Impairment
He has paraplegia after he was involved in a snowboarding accident at age 21. (lavantpost.info, 24 Apr 2018; IPC, 10 Feb 2018; Athlete, 08 Mar 2014)
Other information
RETIREMENT
He retired from international competition after the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (lavantpost.info, 24 Apr 2018)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
He has served as president of Grenoble Handisport in France. (france3-regions.francetvinfo.fr, 31 Jan 2015)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
  2014 Downhill - Sitting DNF
5 2014 Super-G - Sitting 1:25.07
10 2014 Slalom - Sitting 2:05.15
  2014 Super Combined - Sitting DNF
5 2014 Giant Slalom - Sitting 2:34.97
6 2018 Downhill - Sitting 1:26.82
3 2018 Super-G - Sitting 1:26.98
2 2018 Super Combined - Sitting 2:12.91
  2018 Giant Slalom - Sitting  DNF
3 2018 Slalom - Sitting 1:42.03
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
12 2010/2011 Downhill - Sitting 1:25.51
15 2010/2011 Super-G - Sitting 1:24.77
5 2010/2011 Super Combined - Sitting 2:12.07
10 2010/2011 Slalom - Sitting 1:40.92
20 2010/2011 Giant Slalom - Sitting 2:28.77
7 2012/2013 Downhill - Sitting 1:34.70
4 2012/2013 Super-G - Sitting 1:14.48
4 2012/2013 Slalom - Sitting 2:06.31
5 2012/2013 Super Combined - Sitting 1:50.04
4 2012/2013 Giant Slalom - Sitting 2:21.07
5 2014/2015 Downhill - Sitting 1:30.18
2 2014/2015 Super-G - Sitting 1:21.20
3 2014/2015 Super Combined - Sitting 1:58.39
6 2014/2015 Giant Slalom - Sitting 2:06.15 
4 2014/2015 Slalom - Sitting 1:56.63 
9 2016/2017 Downhill - Sitting 1:16.30
9 2016/2017 Super-G - Sitting 1:07.74
  2016/2017 Super Combined - Sitting  DNF
8 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Sitting 2:22.97
9 2016/2017 Slalom - Sitting 1:29.38
World Cup Final
Rank Year Event Result
9 2015/2016 Giant Slalom - Sitting 1:47.40
  2015/2016 Giant Slalom - Sitting  DNF
3 2015/2016 Slalom - Sitting 1:19.23
  2015/2016 Downhill - Sitting  DNF
8 2015/2016 Downhill - Sitting 1:17.10
10 2015/2016 Super-G - Sitting 1:22.25
  2015/2016 Super-G - Sitting  DNF
7 2016/2017 Downhill - Sitting 1:28.42
16 2016/2017 Super-G - Sitting 1:35.98
  2016/2017 Super-G - Sitting  DNF
  2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Sitting  DNF
7 2016/2017 Slalom - Sitting 1:37.88