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Manuel Pozzerle competes at the 2015 IPC Snowboard World Championships in La Molina, Spain.

Manuel Pozzerle

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Men’s snowboard-cross SB-UL world champion Manuel Pozzerle started snowboarding in 1996 thanks to a school friend.

However, he was not successful until a motorbike accident in September 2008 left him without his left hand.

Just one year after entering the Italian championships for the first time, he became the 2014 national champion.

In 2014-15, Pozzerle really settled into his stride. An overall third-place finish in the IPC Snowboard World Cup standings crowned a season in which he won his first world title in La Molina, Spain.

The 36-year-old repeated the third place in the overall rankings in 2015-16, following a second and a third-place finish in the snowboard-cross and the banked slalom World Cup, respectively.

Pozzerle will be looking to shine once again at the 2017 World Para Snowboard World Championships in Big White, Canada.

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
SB-UL

Further personal information

Family
Wife Sara, daughter Nives [2016]
Residence
Verona, ITA
Occupation
Technician
Languages
Italian

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began snowboarding in 1996, and took up Para snowboard in 2013.
Why this sport?
A friend got him involved in the sport.
Club / Team
Sportdipiu: Turin, ITA
Name of coach
Igor Confortin [national], ITA

International debut

Year
2014
Competing for
Italy

General interest

Hobbies
Boxing, longboarding, skateboarding, playing video games, reading comics and science fiction books. (paralympic.org, 02 Jan 2017)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning the silver medal in the SB-UL snowboard cross at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (il-cosmo.com, 22 Mar 2018)
Awards and honours
In 2018 received acknowledgements from both the city of Verona, and the region of Piedmont in Italy, for his performances at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (veronasera.it, 24 Mar 2018; sportfair.it, 11 May 2018)
Impairment
His left hand was amputated as the result of a motorcycle accident in September 2008. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018; gazzetta.it, 16 Mar 2016)
Other information
OCCUPATION
He works as an aeronautical technician. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018)

Results

Unit Date Rank
2015 IPCAS Para Snowboard World Championships La Molina (La Molina, Spain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Snowboard Cross SB-UL Race 1 2015-02-24 1
Men's Banked Slalom SB-UL Race 1 2015-02-28 3
2017 IPC Snowboard World Championships Big White, CAN (Big White, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Snowboard Cross SB-UL Race 1 2017-02-04 6
Men's Banked Slalom SB-UL Race 1 2017-02-07 4
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Snowboard Cross SB-UL Final 2018-03-12 2
Men's Banked Slalom SB-UL Final 2018-03-16 6
Pyha 2019 World Para Snowboard Championships (Pyha, Finland)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Banked Slalom SB-UL Race 1 2019-03-27 6
Men's Snowboard Cross SB-UL Race 1 2019-03-30 8