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Haiyuan Zhang

Alpine Skiing | Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired

Further personal information

Residence
China
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Mandarin
Higher education
Sport and Recreation Studies - Shenyang Sport University: China

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up Para alpine skiing in 2016 in Shenyang, People's Republic of China.
Why this sport?
She was curious about Para alpine skiing.
Club / Team
Liaoning Province [alpine skiing]: China
Name of coach
Dario Capelli [alpine skiing, national], ITA; Leon Svetlin [alpine skiing, national], BIH

International debut

Year
2017 [Para alpine skiing]
Competing for
China
Location
Austria

General interest

Nicknames
Yuanzi, Jessica [for non-Chinese coaches]. (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022; blog.sina.com.cn, 14 May 2015)
Hobbies
Sports. (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal and breaking the T42 long jump world record at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens. (Athlete, 03 Mar 2022)
Most influential person in career
Para alpine skiing coach Leon Svetlin, and her mother. (Athlete, 03 Mar 2022; 02 Mar 2022)
Hero / Idol
US skier Mikaela Shiffrin. (Athlete, 03 Mar 2022)
Injuries
In January 2022 she dislocated her right shoulder during training. (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
She spends time thinking and relaxing before competitions. (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Whether the results are good or bad, just don't stop." (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022)
Awards and honours
She was the final torch bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2010 Asian Para Games in Guangzhou, People's Republic of China. She jointly lit the flame in the cauldron with Chinese Para athlete Zhang Lixin. (gzdaily.dayoo.com, 12 Dec 2010)

In 2004 she was named an Outstanding Athlete by the China Disabled Persons' Federation. (cdpf.org.cn, 29 Sep 2004)
Other sports
She has represented the People's Republic of China in Para athletics and Para alpine skiing. In athletics, she won gold in the T42 long jump at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens and competed in the same discipline at the 2008 Games in Beijing. She has an LW12-2 classification in alpine skiing and competed at the 2021 Asia Cup event in Yanqing, People's Republic of China. (SportsDeskOnline, 15 Feb 2022; IPC, 15 Feb 2022; chinanews.com, 23 Mar 2021)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the Paralympic Winter Games. (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022)
Impairment
She lost her left leg at age five after she was involved in a car accident. (gzdaily.dayoo.com, 13 Dec 2010)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Long Jump F42 Final Round 5