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Henrieta Farkasova

Henrieta Farkasova

Alpine Skiing
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Henrieta Farkasova is arguably the most dominance force in alpine skiing. Most recently, she left the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games as the most decorated athlete with four golds and one silver in the women´s vision impaired alongside guide Natalia Subrtova.

She also claimed the Crystal Globe after ending top of the World Cup standings, defending the title from the previous season. In 2017, Farkasova also shone by winning four golds at the World Championships in Tarvisio, Italy.

She showed early in her career what she was capable of achieving, winning two golds and one silver at her maiden World Championships in 2009.

Vancouver 2010 was her first Winter Paralympics, leaving Canada with three golds and one silver after an outstanding performance.

She also stood out at the 2011 World Championships in Sestriere, Italy, claiming four titles. She added two more golds to her Worlds haul in La Molina, Spain, in 2013.

Farkasova took up alpine skiing in high school and has not stopped since.

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
B3
Guide
Natalia Subrtova, SVK, from 2008

Further personal information

Residence
Bratislava, SVK
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Hungarian, Slovak
Higher education
Social Work Studies - University of Trnava: Slovakia

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began the sport at age 17 at a high school ski camp in Levoca, Slovakia.
Why this sport?
"I had never thought or dreamt of being a ski racer, since I don't even come from a mountainous area. However, I felt mesmerised by the sport from the very first moment."
Name of coach
Dusan Saradin [national], SVK; Karol Kral [ski], SVK

International debut

Year
2004
Competing for
Slovakia
Tournament
European Cup
Location
Austria

General interest

Nicknames
Hena (IPC, 18 Jan 2018)
Hero / Idol
US alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin. (IPC, 18 Jan 2018)
Injuries
She injured her right knee after crashing during the downhill event at the 2019 World Championships in Slovenia and Italy. (paralympic.org, 31 Jan 2019)

She experienced trouble with her back in 2017. (pyeongchang2018.com, 11 Mar 2018)

She was unable to compete for two-and-a-half years due to a knee injury she suffered in Austria in October 2014. She returned to competition at the 2017 World Championships in Tarvisio, Italy. (teraz.sk, 01 Feb 2017)

At the 2013 World Championships in Molina, Spain, she crashed and broke her wrist and three ribs. (paralympic.org, 14 Oct 2013)

She has suffered multiple facial bone fractures during her career. (IPC, 18 Jan 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Don't pity yourself." (IPC, 18 Jan 2018)
Awards and honours
She was named 2018 Para Athlete of the Year at the 2019 Laureus World Sports Award ceremony in Monaco. (paralympic.org, 19 Feb 2019)

She was named Slovakia's flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. She was also the nation's flag bearer at the closing ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (pyeongchang2018.com, 09 Mar 2018; paralympic.org, 16 Mar 2014)

She was named the 2017 and 2018 Paralympic Athlete of the Year in Slovakia. (spv.sk, 21 Dec 2018; IPC, 18 Jan 2018)

She has received the Ludovit Stur Order [first class] from the Slovakian government. (sport.aktualne.cz, 17 Dec 2018; IPC, 18 Jan 2018)

She has been presented with the Award of the Secretary of Education of Slovakia. (IPC, 18 Jan 2018)
Ambitions
To win gold in slalom at the Paralympic Winter Games. (Athlete, 12 Jan 2019)
Impairment
She has a visual impairment. Doctors believe it may be linked to the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, as there is no history of vision problems in her family. (pluska.sk, 25 Mar 2010)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games (Vancouver, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Downhill Visually impaired Final Round 2
Women's Super-G Visually impaired Final Round 1
Women's Super Combined Visually impaired Final Round 1
Women's Giant Slalom Visually impaired Final Round 1
Women's Slalom Visually impaired Final Round 5
IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships (Kangwonland, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Slalom VI Final 2009-02-20 4
Women's Giant Slalom VI Final 2009-02-21 6
Women's Super-G VI Final 2009-02-23 2
Women's Super-Combined VI Final 2009-02-23 2
Women's Super-G VI Run 2 2009-02-24 1
Women's Downhill VI Final 2009-02-28 1
2011 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships (Sestriere, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Downhill VI Final 2011-01-16 1
Women's Super-G VI Final 2011-01-18 9999
Women's Super-Combined VI Final 2011-01-19 1
Women's Slalom VI Final 2011-01-20 1
Women's Giant Slalom VI Final 2011-01-21 1
Mixed Team Event VI/Sitting/Standing Final 2011-01-23 3
IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships (La Molina, Spain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Downhill VI Race 1 2013-02-20 1
Women's Super-G VI Race 1 2013-02-21 6
Women's Slalom VI Race 1 2013-02-24 1
Women's Super-Combined VI Race 1 2013-02-25 9999
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Downhill Visually Impaired Final Round 2014-03-08 1
Women's Super-G Visually Impaired Final Round 2014-03-10 9999
Women's Slalom Visually Impaired Final Round 2014-03-12 3
Women's Super Combined Visually Impaired Final Round 2014-03-14 9999
Women's Giant Slalom Visually Impaired Final Round 2014-03-16 1
2017 IPC Alpine skiing World Championships Tarvisio, ITA (Tarvisio, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Downhill VI Race 1 2017-01-25 2
Women's Super-G VI Race 1 2017-01-26 1
Women's Super-Combined VI Race 1 2017-01-28 1
Women's Giant Slalom VI Race 1 2017-01-30 1
Women's Slalom VI Race 1 2017-01-31 1
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Downhill Visually Impaired Final 2018-03-10 1
Women's Super-G Visually Impaired Final 2018-03-11 1
Women's Super Combined Visually Impaired Final 2018-03-13 1
Women's Giant Slalom Visually Impaired Final 2018-03-14 1
Women's Slalom Visually Impaired Final 2018-03-18 2
Kranjska Gora/Sella Nevea 2019 World Para Alpine Skiing Championships (Kranjska Gora/Sella Nevea, Slovenia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Giant Slalom VI Race 1 2019-01-22 1
Women's Slalom VI Race 1 2019-01-24 1
Women's Downhill VI Race 1 2019-01-30 9999