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male Para Nordic skier Benjamin Daviet

Benjamin Edouard Daviet

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Since winning his first major international medal at Sochi 2014, France’s Benjamin Daviet has been on an upward curve in the men’s Nordic skiing standing category.

Most recently, he won five golds across biathlon and cross-country events at the first two World Cups of the 2018/19 season.

Daviet has firmly placed among the best skiers in the world for two years now.

In 2018, he enjoyed the best performance of his life by winning two golds and one silver in biathlon, and one gold and one silver in cross-country at the Paralympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.

One year before, an incredible performance saw him leave with three world titles - two from cross-country and one in biathlon – from Finsterau, Germany. He also won the men's biathlon standing World Cup.

While working as a plumber during the summer months and as a mechanic on cable cars during the winter, Daviet lives the other side of his life training hard on the trails.

He has been on the French team since 2011 and just three years later he reached his first World Cup podiums right before his appearance in Sochi.

His first World Championships podiums came in 2015 where he reached the top three four times, including gold in the relay.

The following season he rose to second and third in the cross-country skiing and biathlon overall rankings respectively.

Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW2

Further personal information

Residence
Le Grand-Bornand, FRA
Occupation
Serves in the Army
Languages
French

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began practising the sport at age 21.
Why this sport?
"For the beauty of sport."
Club / Team
Handisport Annecien [FRA] / Equipe de France Militaire de Ski [FRA]:
Training Regime
His training programme involves biking, roller skiing and weight training.

International debut

Year
2011
Competing for
France

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Winning his first Paralympic medal [bronze] in the mixed 4x2.5km open relay at the 2014 Games in Sochi. Winning gold in the mixed 4x2.5k open relay at the 2015 World Championships in Cable, WI, United States of America, and winning his first Paralympic gold medal in the biathlon sprint event at the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang. (paralympic.org, 31 Oct 2016; ledauphine.com, 17 Dec 2018)
Hero / Idol
Norwegian biathlete Ole Einar Bjorndalen, French biathlete Martin Fourcade. (ski-nordique.net, 17 Nov 2016)
Awards and honours
He was the recipient of the 2018 Chef Brigadier Alexis Vastine Award, which is given to the Best High Performance Athlete of the Year within the French army sports team. (defense.gouv.fr, 12 Oct 2018)

In 2018 he was named a Knight of the National Order of the Legion of Honour by the French government, in recognition of his performances at the 2018 Paralympic Games in Pyeongchang. (nordicmag.info, 11 Apr 2018)

He was France's flag bearer at the closing ceremony of the 2018 Paralympic Games in Pyeongchang. (paralympic.org, 18 Mar 2018)
Other sports
He competed in cross-country skiing and biathlon at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (paralympic.org, 2016)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2019 World Championships in Prince George, BC, Canada. (rcf.fr, 04 Dec 2018)
Impairment
He injured his left knee in a moped accident at age 17. While in hospital he acquired a nosocomial infection [Hospital Acquired Infection], which permanently affected the use of the knee. (ski-nordique.net, 17 Nov 2016; Athlete, 07 Mar 2014)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships Solleftea (Solleftea, Sweden)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Sprint - Classic Standing Final 2013-02-25 7
Men's Long Distance - Free Style Standing Final 2013-02-27 9999
Men's Short Distance Standing Final 2013-02-28 14
Men's Middle Distance Standing Final 2013-03-01 10
Men's Middle Distance - Classic Standing Final 2013-03-05 5
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 7.5 km Standing Final Round 2014-03-08 7
Men's 12.5 km Standing Final Round 2014-03-11 9
Men's 1 km Sprint Standing Semifinal 2014-03-12 7
4x2.5 km Open Relay Final Round 2014-03-15 3
Men's 10 km Standing Final Round 2014-03-16 8
2015 IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships Cable (Cable, United States of America)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Short Distance Standing Race 1 2015-01-24 2
Men's Long Distance - Free Style Standing Race 1 2015-01-25 2
Men's Sprint - Classic Standing Race 1 2015-01-28 2
Men's Long Distance Standing Race 1 2015-01-30 3
Open Relay Final 2015-02-01 1
2017 IPC Nordic skiing World Championships Finsterau, GER (Finsterau, Germany)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Middle Distance Standing Final 2017-02-11 2
Men's Long Distance Standing Final 2017-02-14 1
Open Relay Final 2017-02-15 1
Men's Sprint Standing Final 2017-02-18 3
Men's Middle Distance - Free Style Standing Final 2017-02-19 1
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 7.5km Standing Final 2018-03-10 1
Men's 20km Free Standing Final 2018-03-12 2
Men's 12.5km Standing Final 2018-03-13 1
Men's 15km Standing Final 2018-03-16 2
4x2.5km Open Relay Final 2018-03-18 1
Prince George 2019 World Para Nordic Skiing Championships (Prince George, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Middle Distance Standing Final 2019-02-16 1
Men's Middle Distance - Free Style Standing Final 2019-02-17 1
Men's Sprint - Free Style Standing Final 2019-02-18 1
Men's Sprint Standing Final 2019-02-20 1
Men's Long Distance Standing Final 2019-02-21 1
Open Relay Final 2019-02-23 2
Men's Long Distance - Classic Standing Final 2019-02-24 5