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VALEANU Laura
Sport Para alpine skiing
NPC Romania   
GenderWomen
Age28
Place of BirthSibiu, ROU
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW4
Further Personal Information
Residence
Munich, GER
Occupation
Athlete, Doctor
Languages
English, German, Romanian
Higher education
Medicine - Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich: Germany
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began skiing at age five, and took up Para skiing in December 2006.
Why this sport?
She was a national champion in alpine skiing in Romania before her accident. While in hospital her friends introduced her to Para skiing by giving her a DVD of the 2006 Paralympic Winter Games in Turin, and encouraged her she could return to the sport.
General Interest
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Never give up. The trick is to combine your waking rational abilities with the infinite possibilities of your dreams. If you can do that, you can do anything." (Facebook page, 08 Aug 2016)
Awards and honours
She was chosen as Romania's flag bearer for the opening ceremony of the Paralympic Winter Games in 2010 and 2014. (paralympic.org, 07 Mar 2014; IPC, Mar 2010)

She received an award for Tenacity, Will and Courage at the 2010 Sibiu Sports Gala in Romania. (tribuna.ro, 13 Dec 2010)
Other sports
Before her accident she competed in able-bodied alpine skiing at national level in Romania. (viitorulromaniei.ro, 26 Aug 2016)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (Facebook page, 10 Jan 2018)
Impairment
In September 2006 she was involved in a motorcycle accident in Sibiu, Romania, when she was hit from the side by a car. She had to have her right leg amputated below the knee. (viitorulromaniei.ro, 26 Aug 2016; gsp.ro, 04 Jan 2010)
Other information
NATIONAL FIRST
In 2010 she became the first athlete in any sport to represent Romania at the Paralympic Winter Games when she competed in alpine skiing in Vancouver. (SportsDeskOnline, 21 Mar 2010)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
  2010 Slalom - Standing  DNF
14 2010 Giant Slalom - Standing 3:06.04
5 2014 Slalom - Standing 2:10.13
7 2014 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:54.23
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
8 2012/2013 Slalom - Standing 2:34.90
9 2012/2013 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:42.23
  2014/2015 Downhill - Standing  DNF
5 2014/2015 Super-G - Standing 1:36.25
  2014/2015 Super Combined - Standing  DSQ
8 2014/2015 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:25.79 
3 2014/2015 Slalom - Standing 2:09.55 
9 2016/2017 Downhill - Standing 1:24.66
7 2016/2017 Super-G - Standing 1:14.67
6 2016/2017 Super Combined - Standing 2:14.38
8 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:42.47
  2016/2017 Slalom - Standing  DNF
World Cup Final
Rank Year Event Result
7 2015/2016 Giant Slalom - Standing 1:56.70
2 2015/2016 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:00.05
4 2015/2016 Slalom - Standing 1:32.08
5 2015/2016 Downhill - Standing 1:24.78
5 2015/2016 Downhill - Standing 1:24.83
5 2015/2016 Super-G - Standing 1:31.80
5 2015/2016 Super-G - Standing 1:35.19
6 2016/2017 Downhill - Standing 1:42.07
  2016/2017 Super-G - Standing  DNF
5 2016/2017 Super-G - Standing 1:40.51
5 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:31.68
7 2016/2017 Slalom - Standing 2:01.59