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Hilmi Esat Bayindirli

Alpine Skiing


Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Wife Malia, one child Esat H Hilmi Bayindirli
Park City, UT, USA
English, French, Spanish, Turkish

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He first skied at age three. He began para-alpine skiing in 1981 at age 19 at the Winter Park ski resort in Colorado, United States.
Why this sport?
"About six months after my injury I heard about adaptive skiing. I tried it, loved it, and then I tried racing and I loved it even more. I've been racing ever since. I would credit skiing, disabled skiing and ski racing to saving my life, because I was pretty depressed [after my accident]. With disabled skiing I am up to speed with everyone else. I can get on a chair lift by myself and ski all day."
Training Regime
He trains at the National Ability Center in Park City, UT, United States.

International debut

Competing for
United States
World Cup
Kimberley, BC, CAN

General interest

Ebay, Erik (Athlete, 07 Mar 2014)
Jewellery, inventing adaptive equipment, waterskiing, tennis. (Athlete, 07 Mar 2014)
Most influential person in career
US alpine skier Bode Miller. (Athlete, 07 Mar 2014)
Hero / Idol
US alpine skier Ted Ligety. (Athlete, 07 Mar 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"The right equipment is key." (Athlete, 07 Mar 2014)
To invent something that changes the world. (Athlete, 07 Mar 2014)
He broke his back in a car crash in August 1981 at age 19. He has full arm function, full finger function, partial trunk control, no leg function and is unable to walk. "I was probably going way too fast, more than 100 miles an hour in a car that wasn’t rated for that, and which had crappy tyres. I think the right rear [tyre] blew out. I lost control of the car and it quickly started rolling, probably five times. I got ejected from the car which landed on top of me.” (, 01 Jun 2012;, 06 Sep 2007)
Other information
In Sochi in 2014, along with his teammate Mehmet Cekic, he was part of the first ever delegation of Turkish athletes to compete at a Paralympic Winter Games. (, 2014)

The son of Turkish parents, he competed in the 2006 Paralympic Winter Games in Turin for the United States. However, he was not selected for the 2010 US Paralympic team. "I was totally miffed at not being able to go and represent the US in 2010. I felt I had the results. I hadn’t seen any disabled skiing coming out of Turkey so I decided that if I am going to work four years to go to the Paralympics it’s going to be for a country that’s never been, and maybe by the same token bring disabled skiing and ski racing to Turkey. I can’t think of a greater honour to be able to do that and take Turkey to the Paralympics in 2014." (, 01 Jan 2010;, 01 Jun 2012;, 19 Mar 2006)

After discovering monskis he decided to build his own. He built a monoski with an additional shock absorber for his legs. "When I came up with this my super G points were about 140 World Cup points and after the first two races I completed with this device my points went from 140 to under 100, which qualified me for the World Cup at that point. In fact when I got home from those races they drug-tested me because they couldn’t believe the performance according to the points." (, 01 Jun 2012)

He is a trained jeweller. (, 10 Oct 2013; Athlete, 07 Mar 2014)


Unit Date Rank
IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships (Kangwonland, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Slalom Sitting Final 2009-02-20 16
Men's Giant Slalom Sitting Final 2009-02-21 18
Men's Super-G Sitting Run 2 2009-02-24 33
IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships (La Molina, Spain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill Sitting Race 1 2013-02-20 11
Men's Super-G Sitting Race 1 2013-02-21 19
Men's Slalom Sitting Race 1 2013-02-24 9999
Men's Super-Combined Sitting Race 1 2013-02-25 11
Men's Giant Slalom Sitting Race 1 2013-02-26 8
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Giant Slalom Sitting Final Round 2014-03-15 18