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Markus Salcher

Alpine Skiing
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Despite not repeating his double gold medal-performance from Sochi 2014, Markus Salcher still showed good form at PyeongChang 2018. The Austrian alpine skier claimed double bronze in the men´s downhill and super-G standing.

He also ended third in the overall World Cup standings.

A year before, Salcher enjoyed a successful World Championships in Tarvisio, Italy, just over the border from his home town of Klagenfurt. His exceptional talent for speed came to the fore, and he left with golds in super-G and downhill, regaining the titles he won in 2013.

The Austrian, born with the right side of his body paralysed, is one of the younger standing skiers on the national team.

A graduate of World Para Alpine Skiing’s 2006 development camp, at age 22 the young hopeful surprised doubters in 2013-14 by finishing atop the world rankings after capturing world titles in the men’s downhill and super-G.

Salcher has gone from strength to strength, climbing the world rankings since competing at Vancouver 2010.

The Austrian carries alpine skiing in his blood. His father was a coach of the Austrian team at Torino 2006 and his brother Moritz also competes in alpine skiing for an Austrian sports club.

In 2015-16, Salcher finished second in the overall men's standing World Cup, helped by wins in super-G and downhill.

In 2016-17 he improved to first place in both disciplines. He also claimed the overall men's standing World Cup.

Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
LW9-1

Further personal information

Residence
Klagenfurt, AUT
Occupation
Customs Officer
Languages
English, German
Higher education
Media and Communications - University of Klagenfurt: Austria

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He first tried skiing at age two in Nassfeld, Austria.
Why this sport?
"My family is a very much into skiing and my dad was trainer of the local skiing team."
Club / Team
SV Tropolach: Austria
Name of coach
Roland Helmberger [national]

International debut

Year
2007
Competing for
Austria
Location
Abtenau, AUT

General interest

Hobbies
Playing squash, biking, swimming, spending time with friends. (markussalcher.at, 01 Jun 2017; paralympic.org, 26 Dec 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning World Cup titles. (IPC, 10 Feb 2018)
Most influential person in career
His father. (paralympic.org, 10 Oct 2013)
Hero / Idol
Austrian alpine skier Matthias Mayer. (IPC, 10 Feb 2018)
Injuries
In 2008 he broke the tibia bone in his right leg. (IPC, 10 Feb 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Every success starts with the decision to try." (IPC, 10 Feb 2018)
Awards and honours
In 2018 he was named Male Para Athlete of the Year in the Carinthia region of Austria. (kleinezeitung.at, 22 Dec 2018)

He was named Male Para Athlete of the Year in Austria in 2014 and 2017. (IPC, 10 Feb 2018; paralympic.org, 31 Oct 2014)

He was flag bearer for Austria at the closing ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (sochi2014.com, 15 Mar 2014)

He was named Athlete of the Month for January 2014 by the International Paralympic Committee [IPC]. (paralympic.org, 11 Feb 2014)
Famous relatives
His father was a coach of the Austria alpine skiing team at the 2006 Paralympic Winter Games in Turin. His brother Moritz has competed in alpine skiing at club level in Austria. (meinbezirk.at, 21 Jan 2014; paralympic.org, 10 Oct 2013)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2019 World Championships in Slovenia and Italy. (kleinezeitung.at, 08 Dec 2018)
Impairment
He was born with hemiplegia due to a lack of oxygen at birth. The condition affects the right side of his body. (IPC, 10 Feb 2018; paralympic.org, 10 Oct 2013; voelk.com, 25 Apr 2012)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
In 2017 he began serving as an ambassador for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. (IPC, 10 Feb 2018)

OCCUPATION
For six months of the year he works at an airport, checking luggage for banned substances. (paralympic.org, 26 Dec 2016)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games (Vancouver, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Slalom Standing Final Round 20
Men's Giant Slalom Standing Final Round 9999
Men's Super Combined Standing Final Round 9
Men's Super-G Standing Final Round 8
2011 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships (Sestriere, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill Standing Final 2011-01-16 5
Men's Super-G Standing Final 2011-01-18 9
Men's Super-Combined Standing Final 2011-01-19 9
Men's Slalom Standing Final 2011-01-20 9999
Men's Giant Slalom Standing Final 2011-01-21 6
Mixed Team Event VI/Sitting/Standing Final 2011-01-23 6
IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships (La Molina, Spain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill Standing Race 1 2013-02-20 1
Men's Super-G Standing Race 1 2013-02-21 1
Men's Super-Combined Standing Race 1 2013-02-25 11
Men's Giant Slalom Standing Race 1 2013-02-26 8
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill Standing Final Round 2014-03-08 1
Men's Super-G Standing Final Round 2014-03-09 1
Men's Giant Slalom Standing Final Round 2014-03-15 3
2015 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships Panorama (Panorama, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill Standing Race 1 2015-03-04 6
Men's Super-G Standing Race 1 2015-03-05 4
Men's Super-Combined Standing Race 1 2015-03-07 2
Men's Giant Slalom Standing Race 1 2015-03-08 2
2017 IPC Alpine skiing World Championships Tarvisio, ITA (Tarvisio, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill Standing Race 1 2017-01-25 1
Men's Super-G Standing Race 1 2017-01-26 1
Men's Super-Combined Standing Race 1 2017-01-28 3
Men's Giant Slalom Standing Race 1 2017-01-30 7
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill Standing Final 2018-03-10 3
Men's Super-G Standing Final 2018-03-11 3
Men's Super Combined Standing Final 2018-03-13 9999
Men's Giant Slalom Standing Final 2018-03-14 5
Kranjska Gora/Sella Nevea 2019 World Para Alpine Skiing Championships (Kranjska Gora/Sella Nevea, Slovenia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Giant Slalom Standing Race 1 2019-01-21 11
Men's Downhill Standing Race 1 2019-01-30 2
Men's Super-G Standing Race 1 (from SC) 2019-01-31 3
Men's Super-Combined Standing Race 1 2019-01-31 9999