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Enrique Plantey

Alpine Skiing


Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Partner Triana
Athlete, Business Owner, Public Servant
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." He was inspired to take up the sport professionally after a trip to Colorado, United States of America. "There I saw more people like me, Para alpine skiing competitions, and athletes who competed at the Paralympic Games. So at age 21, it all clicked and I decided to go pro."
Name of coach
Matias O'Reilly [personal]

International debut

Competing for
Copper Mountain, CO, USA

General interest

Enri (Facebook page, 02 Aug 2017)
Travelling, socialising with friends, surfing. (, 01 Jun 2020;, 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)
Most influential person in career
His mother. (, 12 Nov 2021)
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." (, 16 Jul 2019)
Awards and honours
He was named flag bearer for Argentina for the opening ceremony of the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. He performed the same role at the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang. (OIS, 02 Mar 2022;, 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. (, 01 Jun 2017)
To compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (Instagram profile, 10 Nov 2020)
He was involved in a car accident at age 11, 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. (OIS, 02 Mar 2022;, 07 Sep 2020; Athlete, 09 Mar 2018;, 13 Sep 2015)
Other information
In 2020 he and his partner Triana launched an Instagram account named 'Sexistimos' [a mix of 'sex' and the Spanish term for 'we exist'] to provide information to people with impairments about having sex. They offer advice as well as host livestreams with sexologists and therapists, and are also writing a practical guide. "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." (OIS, 02 Mar 2022;, 25 Oct 2020; Paradeportes YouTube channel, 14 Oct 2021)

He and Argentinian Para golfer Mariano Tubio founded a company named 3PI Mobility, which produces a component used to transform wheelchairs into tricycles. 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;, 01 Jun 2020;, 27 Oct 2019;, 01 Jun 2017;, 01 Jun 2017)


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