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Enrique Plantey

Alpine Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW11

Further personal information

Family
Partner Triana
Residence
Buenos Aires, ARG
Occupation
Business Owner
Languages
English, Spanish

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport at age 16 in San Martin de los Andes, Argentina.
Why this sport?
He was approached by the chief of the Argentinian Para alpine skiing team, who invited him to take part in a sport clinic. "I fell in love with the mountain environment, the speed and the feeling of independence."

International debut

Year
2010
Competing for
Argentina
Location
Copper Mountain, CO, USA

General interest

Nicknames
Enri (Facebook page, 02 Aug 2017)
Hobbies
Travelling, socialising with friends, surfing. (paradeportes.com, 01 Jun 2020; infobae.com, 16 Jul 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Finishing second at a European Cup event, and winning his first international medal at a competition in Pra Loup, France. (Athlete, 09 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
Argentinian footballer Ariel Ortega. (Athlete, 09 Mar 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I am a person who follows his instinct, and I try to be very faithful to what I want to do." (infobae.com, 16 Jul 2019)
Awards and honours
He was Argentina's flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (pyeongchang2018.com, 09 Mar 2018)

In 2017 he received an acknowledgement from the Association for the Fight against Infantile Paralysis [ALPI] in Argentina in recognition of being a role model for people with an impairment. (clarin.com, 01 Jun 2017)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (Instagram profile, 10 Nov 2020)
Impairment
He was involved in a car accident at age 12, which resulted in paraplegia. His father Beto and brother Nicholas died in the accident when a van struck them at the side of the road. (lmneuquen.com, 07 Sep 2020; Athlete, 09 Mar 2018; lanacion.com.ar, 13 Sep 2015)
Other information
SEXISTIMOS
In 2020 he and partner Triana launched an Instagram account named 'Sexistimos' to provide information to people with impairments about having sex. The pair also plan to launch a practical guide in 2021. "A lot of people are writing, 'Thank you for this space because I have a lot of questions and I don't know how to talk about them'. A lot of people have really basic questions like, 'If I want to sleep with a woman, how can I do it?' or they mention fears about their disability. For example, 'How can I move from my wheelchair to the bed?' Simple things that we can answer based on how I do it or someone else does it." (paralympic.org, 25 Oct 2020)

RETIREMENT PLANS
He has stated he will retire from Para alpine skiing after the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing after not getting the results he wanted [11th was his best finish] at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. "I thought that Pyeongchang 2018 was my last Paralympic Winter Games. But I was left with a bittersweet feeling in sports. Now I want revenge and I'm going to retire after Beijing 2022." (paradeportes.com, 01 Jun 2020)

BUSINESS
He and Para golfer Mariano Tubio founded a company named '3PI Mobility' that produces a metallic complement that can be adapted to a wheelchair to transform it into a tricycle. It works with a pedal and chain system that can be operated by hand. "Besides creating a company, what I like the most about this is the social thing, being able to do something that can really change the lives of people in wheelchairs. It changed me, now I come to work every day by bike and I don't depend on anything. It gives you freedom to move. It is very gratifying to receive messages from those who are using it, grateful and happy." (Instagram profile, 10 Nov 2020; paradeportes.com, 01 Jun 2020; lmneuquen.com, 27 Oct 2019; clarin.com, 01 Jun 2017; bienal.alpi.org.ar, 01 Jun 2017)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Giant Slalom Sitting Final Round 2014-03-15 19
2017 IPC Alpine skiing World Championships Tarvisio, ITA (Tarvisio, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Super-G Sitting Race 1 2017-01-26 22
Men's Super-Combined Sitting Race 1 2017-01-28 9999
Men's Giant Slalom Sitting Race 1 2017-01-30 9999
Men's Slalom Sitting Race 1 2017-01-31 15
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Super-G Sitting Final 2018-03-11 9999
Men's Super Combined Sitting Final 2018-03-13 9999
Men's Giant Slalom Sitting Final 2018-03-14 9999
Men's Slalom Sitting Final 2018-03-17 11