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SKUPIEN Witold
Sport Para biathlon, Para cross-country
NPC Poland   
GenderMen
Age29
Place of BirthNowy Targ, POL
Height1.87 m
Weight 78 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW5/7
Further Personal Information
Residence
Kluszkowce, POL
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Polish
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began the sport in January 2012 in Szklarska Poreba, Poland.
Why this sport?
"Former Polish Para Nordic skier Marian Damian invited me to try the sport."
Club / Team
KS Obidowiec Obidowa: Poland
Name of coach
Jan Ziemianin [national], POL; Wojciech Suchwalko [personal]
Senior International Debut
Year
2014
Competing for
Poland
Tournament
World Cup
Location
Vuokatti, FIN
General Interest
Hobbies
Playing football, listening to music. (paralympic.org, 28 Jul 2017)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in the standing 1km sprint freestyle at the 2017 World Championships in Finsterau, Germany. (Athlete, 08 Mar 2018)
Most influential person in career
Coach Wojciech Suchwalko. (Athlete, 08 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
Norwegian cross-country skier Petter Northug. (Athlete, 08 Mar 2018)
Injuries
In January 2014 he fractured his collarbone at the World Cup event in Oberstdorf, Germany. (Facebook profile, 21 Jan 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"You've got to work harder and harder to get better and better." (Athlete, 10 Mar 2014)
Other sports
He competed in biathlon and cross-country skiing at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (paralympic.org, 2016)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (paralympic.org, 17 Aug 2017)
Impairment
At age 11 he was electrocuted in an accident which resulted in the loss of his right arm below the elbow and a part of his left hand. (katarzyna-rogowiec.pl, 12 Dec 2013; Athlete, 10 Mar 2014)
Other information
CROSS-COUNTRY PRIORITY
Although he has competed in both biathlon and cross-country at the highest level, he says cross-country is his main priority. "I also compete in biathlon but it's like a bonus, so I don't take it as seriously." (paralympic.org, 17 Aug 2017)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
19 2014 7.5km Sprint - Standing 28:26.4
16 2014 12.5km Middle - Standing 41:56.4
18 2014 15km Individual - Standing 49:43.2
11 2018 7.5km Sprint - Standing 23:57.5
Paralympic Games (Overall) - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
18 2014 1km Sprint Freestyle - Standing 4:44.46
6 2014 4 x 2.5km Relay Open 28:01.6
20 2014 10km Freestyle - Standing 30:43.8
5 2018 20km Freestyle - Standing 55:44.1
Semifinal 2018 Sprint Classic Style - Standing 4:56.4
6 2018 10km Classic Style - Standing 31:22.4
9 2018 4 x 2.5km Relay Open 26:08.4
World Championships - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
13 2014/2015 7.5km Sprint - Standing 23:32.3
13 2014/2015 12.5km Middle - Standing 40:51.7
11 2016/2017 12.5km Middle - Standing 38:17.2
7 2016/2017 7.5km Sprint - Standing 21:13.0
World Championships - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
12 2014/2015 20km - Standing 49:49.0
17 2014/2015 1km Sprint - Standing  
5 2014/2015 4 x 2.5km Relay Open 30:20.6
2 2016/2017 1km Sprint - Standing  
7 2016/2017 4 x 2.5km Relay Open 26:38.8
6 2016/2017 20km - Standing 1:00:08.2
4 2016/2017 10km - Standing 23:10.0