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AVANESYAN Mher
Sport Para alpine skiing
NPC Armenia   
GenderMen
Age37
Height1.77 m
Weight 65 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW5/7-1
Further Personal Information
Residence
Armenia
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Armenian, English, Russian
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began skiing at age 12 in Tsagkhadzor, Armenia.
Why this sport?
"Through sport I feel independent and self-reliant."
Club / Team
Armenian Association for the Disabled Pyunic: Yerevan, ARM
Name of coach
Raffi Derderian
Senior International Debut
Year
1998
Competing for
Armenia
Tournament
Paralympic Games
Location
Nagano
General Interest
Hobbies
Hunting. (Vancouver, 21 Mar 2010)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 1998 Paralympic Winter Games in Nagano. (Athlete, 15 Mar 2014)
Hero / Idol
Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova. (Athlete, 15 Mar 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Train hard and always serve as an example to others." (Athlete, 15 Mar 2014)
Awards and honours
As the sole Armenian athlete, he was chosen as flag bearer for the opening ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (paralympic.org, 07 Mar 2014)
Other sports
He has also represented Armenia in para-sailing. At the 2000 Paralympic Games in Sydney he finished 10th in the mixed three-person sonar class. (Vancouver, 21 Mar 2010)
Impairment
He had both arms amputated at age seven after touching a high-voltage wire at a power station. (Vancouver, 21 Mar 2010; stvartanchurch.com, 09 Dec 2011)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
9 1998 Slalom LW1,3,5/7 2:24.77
7 1998 Giant Slalom LW1,3,5/7 3:21.46
10 1998 Super-G LW1,3,5/7 1:31.47
48 2006 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:26.43
  2006 Slalom - Standing  DSQ
36 2010 Slalom - Standing 2:19.53
  2010 Giant Slalom - Standing  DNF
34 2014 Slalom - Standing 2:30.34
  2014 Giant Slalom - Standing DNF