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SANTACANA MAIZTEGUI Jon
Sport Para alpine skiing
NPC Spain   
GenderMen
Age38
Place of BirthSan Sebastián, ESP
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Classification
B2
Guide
Miguel Galindo
Further Personal Information
Residence
San Sebastián, ESP
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Spanish
Higher education
Physiotherapy - National Physical Education Institute of Catalonia: Barcelona, ESP
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began skiing in 1990.
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the downhill event at the Paralympic Winter Games in 2010 and 2014. (sesalen.es, 31 Oct 2018)
Injuries
In 2015 he began suffering from a chronic injury in his back that continues to cause him pain. (noticiasdegipuzkoa.com, 14 Jan 2018)

In September 2013 he ruptured his Achilles tendon and could not return to training until January 2014. (marca.com, 17 Jan 2014)

In September 2012 he injured his leg and was unable to ski for three months. (paralympic.org, 12 Feb 2013)

He fractured the tibia and fibula bones in his lower leg two months before the 2006 Paralympic Winter Games in Turin. (noticiasdegipuzkoa.com, 14 Jan 2018)
Awards and honours
In 2018 he received the GaituzSport Award from the Basque Country government in Bilbao, Spain. GaituzSport is a social innovation project that aims to promote social integration for people with an impairment. (irekia.euskadi.eus, 03 May 2018)

He was named the 2014 Sportsman of the Year by the Sports Press Association of Guipuzcoa, Spain. (parasport-news.com, 30 Dec 2014)

He received the Royal Order Gold Medal for Sports Excellence from Spain's Minister of Sport in 2014. (paralympic.org, 02 Dec 2014)

He was flag bearer for Spain at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (paralympic.org, 07 Mar 2014)

He was named the International Paralympic Committee [IPC] Athlete of the Month for January 2011 in recognition of his performances at the 2011 World Championships in Sestriere, Italy. He won three gold medals and two silver medals at the event. (paralympic.org, 2012)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2019 World Championships in Slovenia and Italy. (20minutos.es, 03 May 2018)
Impairment
He has 5% vision as the result of Stargardt disease. The condition causes progressive vision loss. (abc.es, 27 Jan 2017)
Other information
RETIREMENT PLANS
He intends to retire from the sport after competing at the 2019 World Championships in Slovenia and Italy. "It gives you vertigo because you have invested a large part of your life in something and spent a lot of time living in a bubble of objectives and challenges, isolated from society in your work and training. But I've always set goals and I've achieved them in sports, so why not do it in life?" (20minutos.es, 03 May 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
3 2002 Downhill B1-3 1:30.79
3 2002 Super-G B1-3 1:20.21
1 2002 Giant Slalom B3 2:26.46
1 2010 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:18.23
2 2010 Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:46.91
2 2010 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:42.20
5 2010 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:23.21
  2010 Super Combined - Visually Impaired  DNF
1 2014 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:21.76
4 2014 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:22.27
2 2014 Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:46.82 
  2014 Super Combined - Visually Impaired DNF
4 2014 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:34.82
4 2018 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:27.40
4 2018 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:29.01
2 2018 Super Combined - Visually Impaired 2:15.13
7 2018 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:20.34
  2018 Slalom - Visually Impaired  DNF
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
  2003/2004 Downhill B1-3  DNF
4 2003/2004 Super-G B1-3 1:27.14
  2003/2004 Giant Slalom B1-3  DNF
  2003/2004 Slalom B1-3  DNF
2 2008/2009 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:44.52
  2008/2009 Slalom - Visually Impaired  DNQ
  2008/2009 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired  DNF
2 2008/2009 Super-G - Visually Impaired 59.79
1 2008/2009 Super Combined - Visually Impaired 1:35.69
2 2010/2011 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:21.59
1 2010/2011 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:19.20
1 2010/2011 Super Combined - Visually Impaired 2:07.43
2 2010/2011 Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:29.11
1 2010/2011 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:10.78
1 2012/2013 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:25.14
1 2012/2013 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:10.49
  2012/2013 Slalom - Visually Impaired  DNF
  2012/2013 Super Combined - Visually Impaired  DNF
1 2012/2013 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:12.32
  2014/2015 Downhill - Visually Impaired  DSQ
4 2014/2015 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:25.46
3 2014/2015 Super Combined - Visually Impaired 2:03.32
2 2014/2015 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:09.88
3 2014/2015 Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:53.05
2 2016/2017 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:11.55
  2016/2017 Super-G - Visually Impaired  DNF
4 2016/2017 Super Combined - Visually Impaired 1:57.20
3 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:14.86
2 2016/2017 Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:25.09
5 2018/2019 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:13.27
  2018/2019 Slalom - Visually Impaired  DNF
World Cup Final
Rank Year Event Result
3 2015/2016 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:47.27
3 2015/2016 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:48.38
2 2015/2016 Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:14.70
7 2015/2016 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:17.33
7 2015/2016 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:16.04
6 2015/2016 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:21.80
2 2015/2016 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:22.85
7 2016/2017 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:34.61
6 2016/2017 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:37.55
6 2016/2017 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:34.93
3 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:18.22
3 2016/2017 Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:36.06
6 2017/2018 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:19.71
2 2017/2018 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:15.93
4 2017/2018 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:23.25
3 2017/2018 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:21.43