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Jernej Slivnik

Alpine Skiing


Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Athlete, Student
Croatian, English, Slovene
Higher education
Kinesiology - University of Ljubljana: Slovenia

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began skiing at age two. Following his accident, he was introduced to Para skiing in 2009 in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia.
Why this sport?
He was introduced to Para skiing at a demonstration camp organised by Slovenian Para alpine skier Gal Jakic. "When I sat down in the monoski for the first time after the accident, I fell in love with this sport again, this time for good. After 10 years, I can say that skiing is my way of life and I can't imagine a day without skiing anymore."
Name of coach
Roman Podlipnik [personal], SLO
Training Regime
He has up to six or seven training sessions each week, spending more time on the snow in winter and more in the gym in summer.

International debut

Competing for
Landgraaf, NED

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (, 30 May 2018)
Most influential person in career
Slovenian Para alpine skier Gal Jakic. (Athlete, 08 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
Slovenian ice hockey player Anze Kopitar, Slovenian Para swimmer Darko Duric. (, 30 May 2018; Athlete, 08 Mar 2018;, 09 Mar 2020;, 14 Jun 2020)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Sport is fun for me as I meet new people, broaden my horizons and prove to myself that I can always be better." (, 2018)
Awards and honours
He was flag bearer for Slovenia at the opening ceremony of the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. He had carried out the same role at the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang. (IPC Entries, 04 Mar 2022;, 09 Mar 2018)

In 2016 he received the Most Promising Athlete award from the Sports Association for Persons with Disabilities of Slovenia and the Slovenian Paralympic Committee [ZSIS-POK]. (, 17 Dec 2016)
To win a medal at the Paralympic Winter Games, and to compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (Instagram profile, 29 Nov 2021;, 09 Mar 2020)
He was involved in a traffic accident at age five that resulted in paraplegia. His father and his sister both died in the accident. (, 09 Mar 2020; Athlete, 08 Mar 2018;, 11 May 2014)
Other information
He receives support from his friend and idol, Slovenian ice hockey player Anze Kopitar, who also comes from Slivnik's hometown of Jesenice, Slovenia. "We're good friends. He's my neighbour and we have known each other since I was born. He's still my idol and probably will be until the end of my career. He's supporting me and what I'm doing and this means a lot." (, 23 Jan 2019)

He has served as an ambassador for the Slovenian Paralympic Committee's 'Become an Athlete' programme. The scheme aims to support the inclusion of young people with an impairment in different sporting activities. (, 2018)


Unit Date Rank
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Giant Slalom Sitting Final 2018-03-14 9999
Men's Slalom Sitting Final 2018-03-17 12
Kranjska Gora/Sella Nevea 2019 World Para Alpine Skiing Championships (Kranjska Gora/Sella Nevea, Slovenia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Giant Slalom Sitting Race 1 2019-01-21 17
Men's Slalom Sitting Race 1 2019-01-23 10