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Inga Medvedeva

Alpine Skiing
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW2

Further personal information

Family
Daughter Elena
Residence
Yakhroma, RUS
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Russian
Higher education
Law - Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University: Kaliningrad, RUS

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began skiing at age 12 in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Russia.
Why this sport?
Her mother put her into a school for children with impairments after her accident, and it was there that she began skiing. She made the Russian national youth team in 1995 at age 16, and three years later competed at the 1998 Paralympic Winter Games in Nagano.
Club / Team
Specialised Youth School of Olympic Reserve: Shukolovo, RUS
Name of coach
Natalia Brusova [personal], RUS; Alexander Nazarov [national], RUS

International debut

Year
1998
Competing for
Russia
Tournament
Paralympic Games
Location
Nagano, JPN

General interest

Hobbies
Music, playing the piano. (sportbox.ru, 30 Dec 2013)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning two silver medals at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (Athlete, 12 Feb 2015)
Most influential person in career
Coach Nadezhda Chernova. (Athlete, 12 Feb 2015)
Hero / Idol
War veteran Toni Lochner, a German soldier who lost a leg while fighting near St Petersburg, Russia in World War II. He gave Medvedeva a special ski pole and inspired her to achieve success. (ski-medik.com, 01 Feb 2013)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Every year in our country 1000 children are born or become disabled. Often their parents are lost and don't know what to do. Believe me, the best rescue for the child is sport. Only sport can pull a child out of the vicious circle of self-pity. Only sport helps the disabled not to feel like they are not part of this party that is life." (dislife.ru, 01 Feb 2013)
Awards and honours
She holds the title of Honoured Master of Sport in Russia. (ampgirl.su, 22 Oct 2013)

For her performance at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, she was awarded the Order of Friendship by the president of Russia. (kremlin.ru, 17 Mar 2014)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2015 World Championships in Panorama, BC, Canada. (Athlete, 12 Feb 2015)
Impairment
At age 11 she was hit by a truck while returning home from school. She was knocked head-first into a column along the side of the road, and ultimately had to have a leg removed from the hip due to her injuries. The driver who hit her fled the scene but was later apprehended. (themoscowtimes.com, 2009; ski-medik.com, 01 Feb 2013)
Other information
POST-SOCHI RETIREMENT
She quit the sport out of frustration for a period of two years, before making a comeback. She planned to end her sports career again after taking part in the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. "Maybe I will do teaching or will try to find a job in commerce. But what job I will do is secondary, I primarily just want to have enough time to be a mother to my daughter." (ampgirl.su, 22 Oct 2013; rezeptsport.ru, 01 Feb 2013)

FURTHER EDUCATION
She has studied adaptive sports coaching at the Moscow State Academy of Physical Education in Malakhovka, Russia. (ampgirl.su, 22 Oct 2013; VK profile, 15 Jan 2014)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Nagano 1998 Paralympic Winter Games (Nagano, Japan)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Slalom LW2 Final Round 6
Women's Giant Slalom LW2 Final Round 6
Women's Super-G LW2 Final Round 9999
Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games (Vancouver, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Slalom Standing Final Round 6
Women's Giant Slalom Standing Final Round 9999
Women's Super Combined Standing Final Round 8
Women's Super-G Standing Final Round 10
Torino 2006 Paralympic Winter Games (Torino, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Slalom Standing Final Round 9
Women's Giant Slalom Standing Final Round 13
Women's Super-G Standing Final Round 12
Salt Lake City 2002 Paralympic Winter Games (Salt Lake City, United States of America)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Downhill LW2 Final Round 3
Women's Slalom LW2 Final Round 9999
Women's Giant Slalom LW2 Final Round 5
Women's Super-G LW2 Final Round 9999
IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships (La Molina, Spain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Downhill Standing Race 1 2013-02-20 4
Women's Super-G Standing Race 1 2013-02-21 3
Women's Slalom Standing Race 1 2013-02-24 4
Women's Super-Combined Standing Race 1 2013-02-25 7
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Downhill Standing Final Round 2014-03-08 2
Women's Super-G Standing Final Round 2014-03-10 9999
Women's Slalom Standing Final Round 2014-03-12 2
Women's Super Combined Standing Final Round 2014-03-14 5
Women's Giant Slalom Standing Final Round 2014-03-16 6
2015 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships Panorama (Panorama, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Downhill Standing Race 1 2015-03-04 5
Women's Super-G Standing Race 1 2015-03-05 8
Women's Super-Combined Standing Race 1 2015-03-07 6
Women's Giant Slalom Standing Race 1 2015-03-08 9
Women's Slalom Standing Race 1 2015-03-10 4