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Jochi Roethlisberger

Alpine Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
LW5/7-1

Further personal information

Residence
Unterseen, SUI
Occupation
Athlete, Information Technology
Languages
English, French, German

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He first tried skiing in the 1992/93 northern hemisphere winter in Sorenberg, Switzerland.
Why this sport?
Skiing was a family tradition. "I love it. Skiing is my religion, and the mountains are my church."
Club / Team
Skiclub Habkern: Switzerland
Name of coach
Bjorn Bruhin [national], SUI; Tanja Frieden, SUI

International debut

Year
2004
Competing for
Switzerland
Location
Switzerland

General interest

Nicknames
Jochi, Chicken, Fifty [because he wears a protection vest like rapper 50 Cent]. (jochi.ch, 12 Dec 2012; Athlete, 04 Jan 2011)
Hobbies
Skiing, running, driving, longboard, trail running, kayaking. (jochi.ch, 12 Dec 2012; Athlete, 04 Jan 2011)
Memorable sporting achievement
Finishing in the top 10 at the 2013 World Championships in La Molina, Spain, and qualifying for the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games. (Athlete, 08 Mar 2014)
Most influential person in career
His first coach Reini Linder. (Athlete, 20 Nov 2013)
Hero / Idol
US alpine skier Ted Ligety, former South African President Nelson Mandela. (Athlete, 08 Mar 2014; Athlete, 04 Jan 2011)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
He always races while wearing a bandana. (Athlete, 04 Jan 2011)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"The sky's the limit. Impossible is just an opinion." (jochi.ch, 12 Dec 2012; Athlete, 04 Jan 2011)
Ambitions
To compete at a Paralympic Winter Games, to run a mountain marathon, and to continue enjoying his life. (Athlete, 20 Nov 2013)
Impairment
He was born with arthrogryposis multiplex congenita [AMC]. The condition has resulted in underdeveloped arms and fingers, as well as stiff joints. (shredoptics.com, 07 Jun 2011)

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 9
Men's Giant Slalom Standing Race 1 2013-02-26 17
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Super-G Standing Final Round 2014-03-09 16
Men's Slalom Standing Final Round 2014-03-13 23
Men's Super Combined Standing Final Round 2014-03-14 9999
Men's Giant Slalom Standing Final Round 2014-03-15 19