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Luca Tavasci

Nordic Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
LW8

Further personal information

Residence
Samedan, SUI
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English, German, Italian
Higher education
Civil Engineering - Chur University of Applied Sciences: Switzerland

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began the sport in 2010 in Samedan, Switzerland.
Why this sport?
He chose cross-country skiing because of his love of nature. He also wanted to stay active during the winter.
Club / Team
PluSport: Volketswil, SUI
Name of coach
Rilana Perl [national]
Training Regime
During summer he combines his training with cycling, running, roller skiing and gym sessions.

International debut

Year
2016
Competing for
Switzerland

General interest

Hobbies
Mountain biking. (services.datasport.com, 27 Aug 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Placing 11th in the standing 20km at the 2017 World Championships in Fintserau, Germany, and finishing in the top 500 at the 2016 Engadin Skimarathon in Switzerland. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
Norwegian cross-country skier Petter Northug. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Keep moving forward." (engadinerpost.ch, 06 Nov 2012)
Awards and honours
He was named 2018 Para Athlete of the Year of the Grisons Canton in Switzerland. (suedostschweiz.ch, 08 Jun 2018)
Other sports
He has competed in mountain biking at national level. (greenhope.ch, 19 Mar 2014)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (procapgrischun.ch, 01 Aug 2018)
Impairment
He was born without a left hand. (engadinerpost.ch, 06 Nov 2012; Athlete, 05 Mar 2018)
Other information
ILLNESS
He was diagnosed with lymphatic cancer in February 2012. Two days before the diagnosis he took part in a 70-kilometre cross-country mountain bike race. During his chemotherapy he watched a lot of race videos, and two weeks after his last chemotherapy session he took part in a mountain bike race. ''When watching the videos I kept saying to myself that I have to become healthy again and shall fight for it. At my first race I did not go fast, it was all about the experience to compete in a race again.'' (engadinerpost.ch, 06 Nov 2012)

Results

Unit Date Rank
2017 IPC Nordic skiing World Championships Finsterau, GER (Finsterau, Germany)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Long Distance - Classic Standing Final 2017-02-16 11
Men's Middle Distance - Free Style Standing Final 2017-02-19 22
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 20km Free Standing Final 2018-03-12 14
Men's 1.5km Sprint Classic Standing Final 2018-03-14 11
Men's 10km Classic Standing Final 2018-03-17 16