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VEGA Santiago
Sport Para alpine skiing
NPC Chile   
GenderMen
Age21
Place of BirthSantiago, CHI
Height1.70 m
Weight 68 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
LW4
Further Personal Information
Residence
United States
Occupation
Athlete, Paramedic
Languages
English, German, Spanish
Higher education
Biomedical Science - University of Utah: Salt Lake City, UT, USA
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began skiing at age two in El Colorado, Chile.
Why this sport?
The sport is popular in his family. "I love to feel the adrenaline. It is the only sport where I feel free, where I belong."
Club / Team
National Ability Centre: Park City, UT, USA
Name of coach
Carlos Torres [national], CHI; Erik Leirfallom [personal], USA, from 2016
Training Regime
He trains with the national team at the La Parva Ski Centre in Chile. He also has training camps of three to four months in Canada, Argentina and the United States of America.
Senior International Debut
Year
2014
Competing for
Chile
Tournament
Paralympic Games
Location
Sochi, RUS
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (Athlete, 06 Mar 2018)
Most influential person in career
His grandfather. (Athlete, 06 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
Canadian free skier and base jumper Shane McConkey, who died in 2009. (Athlete, 06 Mar 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"You have only one life, live it fully." (Athlete, 08 Mar 2014)
Awards and honours
He was Chile's flag bearer at the closing ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (paralympic.org, 16 Mar 2014)
Ambitions
To finish in the top 20 of the giant slalom at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (paralympic.org, 02 Mar 2018)
Impairment
He was born with agenesis in his right leg, which caused the limb not to form fully. As a result it was amputated below the knee. (Athlete, 06 Mar 2018; condor.cl, 24 Jan 2014)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
32 2014 Slalom - Standing 2:28.63
  2014 Giant Slalom - Standing DNF
  2018 Giant Slalom - Standing  DNF
  2018 Slalom - Standing  DNF
World Cup Final
Rank Year Event Result
  2017/2018 Downhill - Standing  DNF
19 2017/2018 Downhill - Standing 1:27.06
  2017/2018 Super-G - Standing  DNS
  2017/2018 Super-G - Standing  DNS