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Linda van Impelen

Alpine Skiing
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW11

Further personal information

Residence
Emst, NED
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Dutch, English, German, Spanish
Higher education
Leisure Management - Saxion University of Applied Sciences: Deventer, NED

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began skiing at age six, and took up Para alpine skiing in 2010.
Why this sport?
She had skied before her accident and wanted to continue with the sport. She was also in contact with Dutch Para alpine skier Kees-Jan van der Klooster during her rehabilitation.
Name of coach
Falco Teitsma [national], NED; Nick Elsewaerd [national], NED

International debut

Year
2013
Competing for
Netherlands

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Placing first in giant slalom at the 2018 World Cup event in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia. (Athlete, 07 Mar 2018)
Most influential person in career
Coach Nick Elsewaerd. (Athlete, 07 Mar 2018)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (nederlandseskivereniging.nl, 2017)
Impairment
In 2009 she was involved in a car accident while she was doing an internship in Australia. The accident resulted in paraplegia. (Athlete, 07 Mar 2018; lindavanimpelen.nl, 15 Nov 2017)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
She has served as an ambassador for Ekso Bionics. The company manufactures therapeutic devices that can help improve the strength and mobility of people with paraplegia. (barrierefrei-magazin.de, 2016)

Results

Unit Date Rank
2017 IPC Alpine skiing World Championships Tarvisio, ITA (Tarvisio, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Downhill Sitting Race 1 2017-01-25 9999
Women's Super-G Sitting Race 1 2017-01-26 9999
Women's Super-Combined Sitting Race 1 2017-01-28 9999
Women's Giant Slalom Sitting Race 1 2017-01-30 9999
Women's Slalom Sitting Race 1 2017-01-31 9999
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Super-G Sitting Final 2018-03-11 7
Women's Super Combined Sitting Final 2018-03-13 9999
Women's Giant Slalom Sitting Final 2018-03-14 2
Women's Slalom Sitting Final 2018-03-18 9999