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Claire Petit

Alpine Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Leg length difference
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
LW2

Further personal information

Residence
Rotterdam, NED
Occupation
Student
Languages
Dutch, English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began Para alpine skiing at age four.
Why this sport?
"My rehabilitation doctor, where I was learning to walk with a prosthesis at the time, took me to the Association of Disabled Wintersport Athletes where she worked as a counsellor. That's how I came into contact with Para skiing. I had a lot of fun right away, soon joined the best training group and then progressed to the advanced training courses in the Netherlands. I was scouted there by the Dutch Ski Association, who brought me into the talent recognition group."
Name of coach
Nick Elsewaerd [national], NED; Falco Teitsma [national], NED
Training Regime
She trains at the Olympic Training Centre in Papendal, Netherlands.

General interest

Hobbies
Shopping with friends. (winnendoejezo.nl, 15 Jan 2020)
Hero / Idol
US alpine skier Lindsey Vonn. (winnendoejezo.nl, 15 Jan 2020)
Injuries
She underwent shoulder surgery in mid-2021. (wintersport.nl, 07 Sep 2021)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"You can be good at a sport, but if you can't handle the pressure or can't come back after a setback, then you're not going to make it to the top." (winnendoejezo.nl, 15 Jan 2020)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (winnendoejezo.nl, 15 Jan 2020)
Impairment
She was born without a right thigh, so that leg is shorter than the other and she walks with a prosthesis. At age nine she had an operation that made her heel function as a knee. (winnendoejezo.nl, 15 Jan 2020)
Other information
SKI FREEDOM
She enjoys the freedom that Para alpine skiing gives her. "I can really experience freedom and speed, because I never had that as a small child. Others could experience that in running, for example, but I couldn't. So when I discovered Para skiing, I was just free to do whatever I wanted and I could determine the speed myself. Of course I also sometimes go to the edge, or even over the edge, causing me to fall or sustain an injury. But it is really fantastic if you can ski right on that edge and then come down with the fastest time." (winnendoejezo.nl, 15 Jan 2020)