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Jean Yves Le Meur

Alpine Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW12-2

Further personal information

Family
Three children
Residence
Crozet, FRA
Occupation
Engineer, Technician
Languages
English, French, Spanish
Higher education
Engineering

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began alpine skiing in 1990 in Mont-Saxonnex, France, two years after his train accident. Prior to this he had never skied, having lived in Africa for 17 years. However, he says he has always loved the mountains.
Why this sport?
Skiing is one of the few sports he discovered after his accident that allowed him to go fast. He initially got started by chance after finding a chair that had been modified to fit onto a set of skis. "That's how I started. It was very much a home-made contraption." He loves being in nature and wide open spaces, and the speed and sensations of the sport.
Club / Team
Faucigny Handisport: France
Name of coach
Michael Charriere [national], FRA

International debut

Year
2002
Competing for
France
Tournament
Paralympic Games
Location
Salt Lake City, UT, USA

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver at the world championships [slalom in 2009] and two World Cup gold medals in slalom in 2009 and 2014. (Athlete, 08 Mar 2014)
Most influential person in career
Pierre Tessier, a fabricator of sit-skis. (Athlete, 08 Mar 2014)
Hero / Idol
French para-skier Frederic Francois. (Athlete, 08 Mar 2014)
Injuries
In January 2015 he suffered from a rib injury while competing at the World Cup in La Molina, Spain. (blog.saga2010.org, 12 Jan 2015)

The start to his 2011/12 season was disrupted by a broken clavicle. (jeanyves.home.cern.ch, 01 Jan 2013)

He broke his wrist in 2002, and underwent several shoulder operations before the 2006 Paralympic Winter Games in Turin. (canalctv.fr, 21 Mar 2010)

He has also fractured his femur during his career. (Athlete, 08 Mar 2014)
Other sports
He has competed in the Geneve-Montreux-Geneve 24-hour sailing race on numerous occasions. He has also competed in elite para-swimming events. (VANOC, 12 Feb 2010)
Impairment
A train accident resulted in the loss of his left foot and his right leg at age 19. (canalctv.fr, 21 Mar 2010; Athlete, 08 Mar 2014)
Other information
OCCUPATION
He is an engineer at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research [CERN]. CERN is the organisation responsible for the Large Hadron Collider, a particle accelerator that runs through a 27-kilometre tunnel under the Swiss-French border. (france-paralympique.fr, 22 Feb 2014; Linkedin profile, 12 Jul 2014)

AUTHOR
He is the author of the book 'Faux Pas' which recounts his first ascent of Europe's highest mountain, Mont Blanc, in 2003 on two crutches and an artificial leg. The book is also part autobiographical. (jeanyves.web.cern.ch, 01 May 2009)

AFRICAN CHILDHOOD
He was born in Africa and spent his first 17 years there. He had never skied before moving to France. (canalctv.fr, 21 Mar 2010)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Salt Lake City 2002 Paralympic Winter Games (Salt Lake City, United States of America)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Super-G LW12 Final Round 9999
Men's Downhill LW12 Final Round 9999
Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games (Vancouver, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Slalom Sitting Final Round 37
Men's Super-G Sitting Final Round 9999
Men's Super Combined Sitting Final Round 9999
Men's Giant Slalom Sitting Final Round 19
Torino 2006 Paralympic Winter Games (Torino, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Slalom Sitting Final Round 9
Men's Giant Slalom Sitting Final Round 9999
IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships (Kangwonland, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Slalom Sitting Final 2009-02-20 2
2011 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships (Sestriere, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Super-G Sitting Final 2011-01-18 11
Men's Super-Combined Sitting Final 2011-01-19 6
Men's Slalom Sitting Final 2011-01-20 9999
Men's Giant Slalom Sitting Final 2011-01-21 25
Mixed Team Event VI/Sitting/Standing Final 2011-01-23 9999
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Slalom Sitting Final Round 2014-03-13 9999
Men's Giant Slalom Sitting Final Round 2014-03-15 9
2015 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships Panorama (Panorama, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Giant Slalom Sitting Race 1 2015-03-08 9999
Men's Slalom Sitting Race 1 2015-03-10 9999