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PITONAK Dusan
Sport Wheelchair Curling
NPC Slovakia   
GenderMen
Age53
Place of BirthŠtrba, TCH
Height1.82 m
Weight 92 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Further Personal Information
Marital status
Married
Family
Wife Anastazia, son Christopher
Residence
Slovakia
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Slovak
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2007 in Bratislava, Slovakia.
Why this sport?
He did not like the idea that he would be less active after his injury so he got involved in a number of sports. He tried handcycling, monoskiing, javelin and discus before taking up curling, which he felt was the Paralympic sport in which Slovakia was most competitive.
Club / Team
Wheelchair Curling Club: Dubnica, SVK
Name of coach
Frantisek Pitonak [national], SVK
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Third
Handedness
Right
Senior International Debut
Year
2008
Competing for
Slovakia
Location
Prague, CZE
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Finishing in sixth place at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (Athlete, 18 Feb 2018)
Other sports
He competed in Nordic combined before his injury and won a bronze medal in the men's team event at the 1985 World Junior Championships. (spv.sk, 16 Aug 2017; zivot.azet.sk, 27 Sep 2009)
Impairment
He became paralysed in March 1986 after falling during ski jumping training in Falun, Sweden. Gusty winds had caused him to lose control in the air. His foot slammed into his back when he hit the ground, crushing several vertebrae in his spine. "I did not remember anything until I woke up in the hospital and asked the nurse where I was." (sport.pravda.sk, 04 Feb 2012)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
6 2014 Team  
9 2018 Team  
World Championship
Rank Year Event Result
4 2011/2012 Team  
7 2012/2013 Team  
4 2014/2015 Team  
9 2015/2016 Team