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VICTOR Stephani
Sport Para alpine skiing
NPC Switzerland   
GenderWomen
Age49
Place of BirthAmes, IA, USA
Height1.63 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW12-2
Further Personal Information
Marital status
Married
Family
Husband Marcel Kuonen
Residence
Park City, UT, USA
Occupation
Motivational Speaker
Languages
English, German
Higher education
Film - University of Southern California: Los Angeles, CA, USA
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She first took part in the sport in 1999 in Park City, UT, United States of America.
Why this sport?
"I found the two loves of my life on the same day - my coach who became my husband, Marcel Kuonen, and adaptive ski racing."
Name of coach
Ralf Jegler [national]
Senior International Debut
Year
2001
Competing for
United States
Tournament
World Cup
Location
Snowbasin, UT, USA
General Interest
Nicknames
Hollywood (Athlete, 04 Jan 2011)
Injuries
She crashed during the women's super G at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. She was airlifted from the slopes, required stitches for facial injuries and was ruled out of the rest of the competition. (sltrib.com, 12 Mar 2014)

An injury involving her adductor muscle and femur kept her out of racing in 2011 and for most of 2012. She returned to competition in 2013. (teamusa.org, 15 Oct 2013)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"It really doesn't matter how much you weigh, where you work, how many kids you have, what you look like or how many medals you've won. What really matters is how authentically you live your values, serve your fellow human beings, rise up from life's challenges, pain and disappointment. The moment is now, to wake up and become more of who you truly are." (IPC, 10 Feb 2018)
Awards and honours
She was named the 2009 Paralympic Sportswoman of the Year by the United States Olympic Committee [USOC]. (skiracing.com, 22 Jan 2010)

She was named Adaptive Athlete of the Year by Ski Racing Magazine in 2007 and 2009. (teamusa.org, Mar 2014)

She took part in the torch relay ahead of the 2002 Paralympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City. (teamusa.org, Mar 2014)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (IPC, 10 Feb 2018)
Impairment
In 1995 she was standing in front of a house with a friend when an out-of-control car veered into the driveway and pinned her against another vehicle. Both of her legs were amputated, and she required 12 reconstructive operations. (argonautnews.com, 23 Mar 2016; teamusa.org, Mar 2014; Athlete, 04 Jan 2011)
Other information
REPRESENTING SWITZERLAND
After competing in four Paralympic Winter Games for the United States of America, she gained Swiss citizenship in 2017 and announced her intentions to compete for Switzerland. "For me, the receipt of the Swiss passport has made a dream come true. I will start for Switzerland in the future. This beautiful country has become my second home. This is the perfect opportunity to thank my long-time Swiss coach and husband Marcel Kuonen." (rro.ch, 09 Oct 2017; luzernerzeitung.ch, 24 Sep 2017)

RETIREMENT AND COMEBACK
She retired from the sport following a crash at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, but announced her return to competition in 2016. (luzernerzeitung.ch, 24 Sep 2017)

DOCUMENTARY MAKER
She has made a documentary about her recovery, named 'The Lengths I Will Go'. She said she took up Para skiing to get "a stellar ending" to her documentary. (stephanivictor.com, 19 Feb 2013)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
3 2002 Downhill LW10-12 1:48.43
4 2006 Super-G - Sitting 1:37.80
1 2006 Slalom - Sitting 2:16.69
4 2010 Downhill - Sitting 1:36.99
2 2010 Slalom - Sitting 2:12.63
2 2010 Giant Slalom - Sitting 3:01.78
5 2010 Super-G - Sitting 1:40.36
1 2010 Super Combined - Sitting 2:40.71
  2014 Super-G - Sitting DNF
  2018 Downhill - Sitting  DNF
6 2018 Super-G - Sitting 1:40.01
  2018 Super Combined - Sitting  DSQ
4 2018 Giant Slalom - Sitting 2:30.53
  2018 Slalom - Sitting  DNF
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
3 2003/2004 Downhill LW10-12 1:32.58
2 2003/2004 Super-G LW10-12 1:38.22
  2003/2004 Giant Slalom LW10-12  DSQ
1 2003/2004 Slalom LW10-12 1:47.78
  2008/2009 Downhill - Sitting  DNF
1 2008/2009 Slalom - Sitting 2:07.86
1 2008/2009 Giant Slalom - Sitting 2:26.12
2 2008/2009 Super-G - Sitting 1:06.65
1 2008/2009 Super Combined - Sitting 2:07.63
4 2012/2013 Super-G - Sitting 1:26.13
5 2012/2013 Slalom - Sitting 2:49.45
6 2012/2013 Super Combined - Sitting 2:28.13
5 2012/2013 Giant Slalom - Sitting 2:55.25
World Cup Final
Rank Year Event Result
6 2016/2017 Downhill - Sitting 1:47.05
6 2016/2017 Super-G - Sitting 1:45.39
8 2016/2017 Super-G - Sitting 1:44.05
4 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Sitting 2:33.82
7 2016/2017 Slalom - Sitting 2:06.64
  2017/2018 Downhill - Sitting  DNF
  2017/2018 Downhill - Sitting  DNS