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Floris Meijer

Alpine Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW10-2

Further personal information

Occupation
Coach
Languages
Dutch, English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para alpine skiing about a year after his accident.
Why this sport?
Prior to his accident he was a ski instructor in Austria and competed at international level.
Name of coach
Nick Elsewaerd [national], NED; Falco Teitsma [national], NED

General interest

Hobbies
Handcycling, spending time in the mountains, freeskiing. (Facebook page, 20 Dec 2018)
Injuries
In October 2016 he required hospital treatment after sustaining a head injury in a crash during training. (Facebook page, 17 Oct 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"My perseverance to become as independent as can be is what makes me feel a human being again. A person first, disabled for sure, but with the ability to reach the top." (tedxvenlo.com, 01 Nov 2019)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (florismeijer.nl, 09 Jul 2018)
Impairment
He has complete paraplegia after a freestyle skiing accident in 2012. "While flying mid-air taking a risky full free style ski-jump, in a split second I knew I was flying too high and too far to execute the jump and land it to perfection." (tedxvenlo.com, 01 Nov 2019; florismeijer.nl, 14 Feb 2017)
Other information
WHEELCHAIR TRAINER
He is a trainer for the Wheelchair Skills Team Foundation in the Netherlands. The foundation teaches people, especially children, wheelchair skills to help them cope with day to day situations. "95% of our students can take to the streets independently after four lessons of our training. They turn from a child with a disability into a cool skater who can do tricks. That is a boost for their self-confidence. Playing with their chair makes them happy and parents get another child back. Children with disabilities often start to believe themselves that they cannot do things, but there is much more they can do than everyone thinks." (bosscheomroep.nl, 23 Oct 2020)

Results

Unit Date Rank
2017 IPC Alpine skiing World Championships Tarvisio, ITA (Tarvisio, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill Sitting Race 1 2017-01-25 9999
Men's Super-G Sitting Race 1 2017-01-26 10
Men's Super-Combined Sitting Race 1 2017-01-28 9999
Men's Giant Slalom Sitting Race 1 2017-01-30 14
Men's Slalom Sitting Race 1 2017-01-31 9999
Kranjska Gora/Sella Nevea 2019 World Para Alpine Skiing Championships (Kranjska Gora/Sella Nevea, Slovenia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Giant Slalom Sitting Race 1 2019-01-21 12
Men's Slalom Sitting Race 1 2019-01-23 8
Men's Downhill Sitting Race 1 2019-01-30 8
Men's Super-Combined Sitting Race 1 2019-01-31 9999
Men's Super-G Sitting Race 1 (from SC) 2019-01-31 11