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Elena Kratter

Alpine Skiing | Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Classification
T63

Further personal information

Residence
Bern, SUI
Occupation
Athlete, Technician
Languages
English, German

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up Para athletics in 2019.
Why this sport?
She switched to athletics following a knee injury she suffered while skiing.
Training Regime
She trains six times a week.

General interest

Hobbies
Sailing, bouldering, meeting friends, reading. (elenakratter-blog.ch, 27 May 2018; swissparalympic.ch, 01 Jan 2021)
Injuries
She had a knee injury while competing at the 2019 World Para Alpine Skiing Championships in Slovenia and Italy. (Instagram profile, 31 Jan 2019)

She sustained a minor knee injury in December 2018. (Instagram profile, 18 Dec 2018)

She fractured a vertebra after falling during a skiing training session in November 2016. She returned to skiing competition five months later at the 2017 Swiss Championships in Veysonnaz. (elenakratter-blog.ch, 22 May 2017, 18 Nov 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Summer athletes are made in winter." (elenakratter-blog.ch, 27 May 2018; swissparalympic.ch, 01 Jan 2021)
Awards and honours
She won the 2009 Zurich Newcomer Award in Switzerland. (velostuderus.ch, 16 Jul 2012)
Other sports
She represented Switzerland in Para alpine skiing at the 2019 World Championships in Slovenia and Italy. She has also sailed in the laser class at an elite level. (plusport.ch, 23 Jan 2019; sailing-news.ch, 19 Jun 2012)
Impairment
Her right leg was amputated below the knee following complications shortly after she was born. (Athlete, 20 Nov 2013; sporthilfe.ch, 01 Dec 2011; swissparalympic.ch, 01 Jan 2021)
Other information
OCCUPATION
She works as an orthopaedic technician in Bern, Switzerland, and builds her own prostheses. "I was shown everything in detail, so I knew very early on what I wanted to do later." (Instagram profile, 12 Jul 2021; swissparalympic.ch, 01 Jan 2021; plusport.ch, 22 Mar 2021; LinkedIn profile, 07 Jul 2021)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Kranjska Gora/Sella Nevea 2019 World Para Alpine Skiing Championships (Kranjska Gora/Sella Nevea, Slovenia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Giant Slalom Standing Race 1 2019-01-22 6
Women's Slalom Standing Race 1 2019-01-24 10
Women's Super-Combined Standing Race 1 2019-01-31 9999
Women's Super-G Standing Race 1 (from SC) 2019-01-31 9999