Diego Antonio Salazar Moreno
Type of Impairment
Origin of Impairment
Further personal information
Sport specific information
Why this sport?
After his accident he focused on practising sport to get out of depression. "I passed through a big depression because my family split and I lost everything I had. I focused on sports and began practising athletics and swimming." He practised in an uphill race named 'Punta Arenas Cerro Arriba' where he was spotted by coaches Enrique Garin and Silvana Camelio who encouraged him to take up Para cross-country skiing.
He has taken part in Para athletics competitions at national level in Chile. (mindep.cl, 2020)
While serving in the Chilean army he sustained a knee dislocation injury during a road accident in 2012. The injury prevented him from moving his leg. He underwent several surgeries to try to regain movement but all of them failed. In 2014 he opted to amputate his right leg. (laprensaaustral.cl, 12 Aug 2019; paralympic.org, 05 Mar 2018)