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Jasper Balcaen

Alpine Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW9-1

Further personal information

Residence
Maarkedal, BEL
Occupation
Manager, Student
Languages
English, French, German
Higher education
Social Work Studies - Hogeschool West-Vlaanderen: Kortrijk, BEL

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He first tried the sport at age three while on holiday with his family in Zinal, Switzerland.
Why this sport?
"My family was very into skiing and every year we went on a ski holiday."

International debut

Year
2008
Competing for
Belgium
Tournament
European Cup
Location
La Molina, ESP

General interest

Nicknames
Le Petit Phantome [The Little Phantom - he was given this name by some French athletes because when he started competing he was very small]. (Athlete, 23 Jun 2016)
Hobbies
Basketball. (Facebook page, 31 Dec 2018)
Most influential person in career
His parents. (Athlete, 23 Jun 2016)
Hero / Idol
Belgian sailor Lander Balcaen [his older brother]. (Athlete, 23 Jun 2016)
Injuries
In early 2016 he underwent knee ligament surgery. (Athlete, 23 Jun 2016)

In November 2015 he suffered a back injury while competing at an international event in Landgraaf, Netherlands. (paralympic.be, 24 Nov 2015)

In January 2014 he had an epileptic seizure and had to stay in hospital for a few days. It took him two months to fully recover. (Athlete, 23 Jun 2016; Facebook profile, 12 Jan 2014)

In 2012 he underwent hip surgery, which took him one year to recover from. (Athlete, 23 Jun 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Chase your dreams and believe you can even if others don't." (Athlete, 23 Jun 2016)
Awards and honours
He was flag bearer for Belgium at the closing ceremony of the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (paralympic.org, 18 Mar 2018)
Famous relatives
His older brother Lander has competed in sailing [laser] at international level. (Athlete, 23 Jun 2016; SportsDeskOnline, 18 Sep 2014)
Impairment
He has paralysis on the right side of his body as the result of a brain haemorrhage. (Athlete, 23 Jun 2016)
Other information
RETIREMENT
He announced his retirement from international competitions through his Facebook page in December 2018. (Facebook page, 12 Dec 2018)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships (La Molina, Spain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Slalom Standing Race 1 2013-02-24 12
Men's Giant Slalom Standing Race 1 2013-02-26 20
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Slalom Standing Final Round 2014-03-13 29
Men's Giant Slalom Standing Final Round 2014-03-15 23
2015 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships Panorama (Panorama, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Giant Slalom Standing Race 1 2015-03-08 22
Men's Slalom Standing Race 1 2015-03-10 12
2017 IPC Alpine skiing World Championships Tarvisio, ITA (Tarvisio, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Super-G Standing Race 1 2017-01-26 22
Men's Super-Combined Standing Race 1 2017-01-28 15
Men's Giant Slalom Standing Race 1 2017-01-30 16
Men's Slalom Standing Race 1 2017-01-31 12
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Super Combined Standing Final 2018-03-13 9999
Men's Giant Slalom Standing Final 2018-03-14 9999
Men's Slalom Standing Final 2018-03-17 15