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Christoph Kunz

Alpine Skiing
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW10-1

Further personal information

Family
Wife Stephanie, son Elio [2013], daughter Livia [2015], twins Nino and Noah [2017]
Residence
Reichenbach, SUI
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, French, German

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He first tried skiing as a child in Switzerland, and began training regularly at age 13. He returned to the sport through mono-skiing after his accident in 2000, and entered his first race during the 2002/03 season.
Name of coach
Gregory Chambaz [national]

International debut

Year
2002
Competing for
Switzerland
Location
Austria

General interest

Hobbies
Travelling with his family. (paralympic.org, 11 Mar 2017)
Most influential person in career
His wife Stephanie, and coach Stefan Grunder. (Athlete, 08 Mar 2014)
Injuries
He sustained a triple fracture to his right foot after crashing while competing in super G at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. He was able to continue competing at the Games because he does not have any feeling in his lower limbs. (christophkunz.ch, 21 Mar 2018; rts.ch, 15 Mar 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Give your best, even when the situation is difficult." (IPC, 10 Feb 2018)
Awards and honours
In 2014 he received a special achievement award from the Swiss Paralympic Committee. (swissparalympic.ch, 24 Oct 2014)

He was flag bearer for Switzerland at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (paralympic.org, 07 Mar 2014)

He was named the 2010 Swiss Disabled Sportsman of the Year. (IPC, 10 Feb 2018)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2019 World Championships in Slovenia and Italy. (christophkunz.ch, 21 Mar 2018)
Impairment
He has paraplegia as the result of a motorcycle accident in 2000. (IPC, 10 Feb 2018)
Other information
GOLDEN MILESTONE
His gold medal win at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi was Switzerland's 50th gold medal at a Paralympic Winter Games. (sochi2014.com, 15 Mar 2014)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Torino 2006 Paralympic Winter Games (Torino, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Super-G Sitting Final Round 20
Men's Slalom Sitting Final Round 20
Men's Giant Slalom Sitting Final Round 8
Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games (Vancouver, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Slalom Sitting Final Round 44
Men's Downhill Sitting Final Round 1
Men's Super-G Sitting Final Round 9999
Men's Giant Slalom Sitting Final Round 2
IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships (Kangwonland, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Super-G Sitting Final 2009-02-23 17
Men's Super-Combined Sitting Final 2009-02-23 14
Men's Super-G Sitting Run 2 2009-02-24 6
Men's Downhill Sitting Final 2009-02-28 5
2011 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships (Sestriere, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill Sitting Final 2011-01-16 9999
Men's Super-G Sitting Final 2011-01-18 7
Men's Super-Combined Sitting Final 2011-01-19 9999
Men's Giant Slalom Sitting Final 2011-01-21 3
IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships (La Molina, Spain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill Sitting Race 1 2013-02-20 9999
Men's Super-G Sitting Race 1 2013-02-21 9999
Men's Slalom Sitting Race 1 2013-02-24 9999
Men's Super-Combined Sitting Race 1 2013-02-25 9999
Men's Giant Slalom Sitting Race 1 2013-02-26 3
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill Sitting Final Round 2014-03-08 9
Men's Super-G Sitting Final Round 2014-03-09 9999
Men's Slalom Sitting Final Round 2014-03-13 9999
Men's Super Combined Sitting Final Round 2014-03-14 9999
Men's Giant Slalom Sitting Final Round 2014-03-15 1
2015 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships Panorama (Panorama, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill Sitting Race 1 2015-03-04 9999
Men's Super-G Sitting Race 1 2015-03-05 8
Men's Giant Slalom Sitting Race 1 2015-03-08 5
2017 IPC Alpine skiing World Championships Tarvisio, ITA (Tarvisio, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill Sitting Race 1 2017-01-25 4
Men's Super-G Sitting Race 1 2017-01-26 1
Men's Super-Combined Sitting Race 1 2017-01-28 4
Men's Giant Slalom Sitting Race 1 2017-01-30 9999
Men's Slalom Sitting Race 1 2017-01-31 9999
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill Sitting Final 2018-03-10 9999
Men's Super-G Sitting Final 2018-03-11 9999
Men's Super Combined Sitting Final 2018-03-13 10
Men's Giant Slalom Sitting Final 2018-03-14 6
Kranjska Gora/Sella Nevea 2019 World Para Alpine Skiing Championships (Kranjska Gora/Sella Nevea, Slovenia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Giant Slalom Sitting Race 1 2019-01-21 5
Men's Super-Combined Sitting Race 1 2019-01-31 9999
Men's Super-G Sitting Race 1 (from SC) 2019-01-31 9