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Lou Braz-Dagand

Alpine Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW10-2

Further personal information

Family
Daughter Elvina [2021]
Residence
Tignes, FRA
Occupation
Athlete, Consultant
Languages
English, French, Spanish
Higher education
Commercial Studies - INSEEC Business School: France

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
Before his illness he took part in able-bodied skiing competitions and freeriding, and was a keen mountain biker in the summer. He returned to the slopes as a sit-skier after recovering from his illness.
Why this sport?
He met a Para alpine skier while rehabilitating, who encouraged him to try the sport. "It's a total feeling of freedom. The differences disappear and I become the skier I was."

General interest

Hobbies
Cooking, DIY projects. (bleushandisport.com, 01 Mar 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Finishing in sixth place in slalom at the 2018/19 World Cup event in La Molina, Spain. (tous-acteurs-des-savoie.coop, 04 Feb 2020)
Hero / Idol
French skier Perrine Laffont, French wheelchair tennis player Michael Jeremiasz. (bleushandisport.com, 01 Mar 2021)
Injuries
He sustained a concussion after crashing at the 2018 European Cup event in St. Moritz, Switzerland. He returned to training two weeks later. (Facebook page, 28 Dec 2018, 15 Dec 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Nothing is impossible. You just need to believe in yourself." (lou-braz-dagand.com, 01 Apr 2017)
Other sports
He has taken part in all-terrain wheelchair racing at national level in France, winning the 2015 MB Race. He has also competed in Para athletics [sprinting and throwing events] at national level. (infosnews.fr, 05 Feb 2016; mb-race.com, 10 Jul 2015)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (tous-acteurs-des-savoie.coop, 04 Feb 2020)
Impairment
In June 2014 he was bitten by an insect [tick] that he initially believed to be harmless. Several months later he became seriously ill, and was diagnosed with Lyme disease. His condition worsened, resulting in the loss of speech and vision, and led to quadriplegia. With treatment he was able to regain his speech, vision, and the use of his arms, but his legs remain paralysed. He also required major heart surgery after the illness caused tachycardia [abnormally rapid heart rate]. (ledauphine.com, 21 Sep 2015)
Other information
OCCUPATION
He has been employed by the municipal government in Tignes, France, working to promote tourism for people with an impairment. He has also worked part-time as a consultant for a French bank. (sportecoledevie.fr, 01 Jan 2021; LinkedIn profile, 01 Jun 2020)