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BAYINDIRLI Erik
Sport Para alpine skiing
NPC Turkey   
GenderMen
Age56
Height1.78 m
Weight 80 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW11
Further Personal Information
Marital status
Married
Family
Wife Malia, one child Esat H Hilmi Bayindirli
Residence
Park City, UT, USA
Languages
English, French, Spanish, Turkish
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He first skied at age three. He began para-alpine skiing in 1981 at age 19 at the Winter Park ski resort in Colorado, United States.
Why this sport?
"About six months after my injury I heard about adaptive skiing. I tried it, loved it, and then I tried racing and I loved it even more. I've been racing ever since. I would credit skiing, disabled skiing and ski racing to saving my life, because I was pretty depressed [after my accident]. With disabled skiing I am up to speed with everyone else. I can get on a chair lift by myself and ski all day."
Training Regime
He trains at the National Ability Center in Park City, UT, United States.
Senior International Debut
Year
1989
Competing for
United States
Tournament
World Cup
Location
Kimberley, BC, CAN
General Interest
Nicknames
Ebay, Erik (Athlete, 07 Mar 2014)
Hobbies
Jewellery, inventing adaptive equipment, waterskiing, tennis. (Athlete, 07 Mar 2014)
Most influential person in career
US alpine skier Bode Miller. (Athlete, 07 Mar 2014)
Hero / Idol
US alpine skier Ted Ligety. (Athlete, 07 Mar 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"The right equipment is key." (Athlete, 07 Mar 2014)
Ambitions
To invent something that changes the world. (Athlete, 07 Mar 2014)
Impairment
He broke his back in a car crash in August 1981 at age 19. He has full arm function, full finger function, partial trunk control, no leg function and is unable to walk. "I was probably going way too fast, more than 100 miles an hour in a car that wasnít rated for that, and which had crappy tyres. I think the right rear [tyre] blew out. I lost control of the car and it quickly started rolling, probably five times. I got ejected from the car which landed on top of me.Ē (vimeo.com, 01 Jun 2012; spinalpedia.com, 06 Sep 2007)
Other information
HISTORIC PARALYMPIANS
In Sochi in 2014, along with his teammate Mehmet Cekic, he was part of the first ever delegation of Turkish athletes to compete at a Paralympic Winter Games. (paralympic.org, 2014)

REPRESENTING TURKEY IN 2014
The son of Turkish parents, he competed in the 2006 Paralympic Winter Games in Turin for the United States. However, he was not selected for the 2010 US Paralympic team. "I was totally miffed at not being able to go and represent the US in 2010. I felt I had the results. I hadnít seen any disabled skiing coming out of Turkey so I decided that if I am going to work four years to go to the Paralympics itís going to be for a country thatís never been, and maybe by the same token bring disabled skiing and ski racing to Turkey. I canít think of a greater honour to be able to do that and take Turkey to the Paralympics in 2014." (teamusa.org, 01 Jan 2010; vimeo.com, 01 Jun 2012; theskichannel.com, 19 Mar 2006)

BUILDING HIS OWN MONOSKIS
After discovering monskis he decided to build his own. He built a monoski with an additional shock absorber for his legs. "When I came up with this my super G points were about 140 World Cup points and after the first two races I completed with this device my points went from 140 to under 100, which qualified me for the World Cup at that point. In fact when I got home from those races they drug-tested me because they couldnít believe the performance according to the points." (vimeo.com, 01 Jun 2012)

TRADE
He is a trained jeweller. (disaboom.com, 10 Oct 2013; Athlete, 07 Mar 2014)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
18 2014 Giant Slalom - Sitting 3:00.04
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
  2008/2009 Downhill - Sitting  DSQ
16 2008/2009 Slalom - Sitting 2:10.69
18 2008/2009 Giant Slalom - Sitting 2:33.23
33 2008/2009 Super-G - Sitting 1:15.84
  2008/2009 Super Combined - Sitting  DNS
11 2012/2013 Downhill - Sitting 1:36.13
19 2012/2013 Super-G - Sitting 1:17.81
  2012/2013 Slalom - Sitting  DNF
11 2012/2013 Super Combined - Sitting 2:06.56
8 2012/2013 Giant Slalom - Sitting 2:35.95