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Martin Falch

Alpine Skiing
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW4

Further personal information

Residence
Siculiana, ITA
Occupation
Factory Worker
Languages
English, German, Swedish

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He learned to ski as a boy and took up the sport again following his accident.
Why this sport?
He was living in a ski area and decided to try something new.
Club / Team
Ski Club Arlberg: Austria
Name of coach
Eric Digruber [national], AUT

International debut

Year
2000
Competing for
Austria

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze at the 2002 Paralympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City. (Athlete, 20 Nov 2013)
Most influential person in career
His wife, who died from cancer in 2009. (Athlete, 20 Nov 2013)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Try the impossible to reach the possible." (Facebook profile, 21 Nov 2013)
Awards and honours
He was named 2013 Disabled Sportsman of the Year at the 2014 Tirol Sports Gala in Innsbruck, Austria. (skiclubarlberg.at, 29 Apr 2015)
Other sports
He has competed in triathlon, and finished 12th in the TRI-5 at the 2013 World Championships. (tirol.orf.at, 13 Jan 2015; SportsDeskOnline, 28 Feb 2014)
Impairment
He had a below-knee amputation following an accident at work. (Athlete, 20 Nov 2013)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Salt Lake City 2002 Paralympic Winter Games (Salt Lake City, United States of America)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Slalom LW4 Final Round 3
Torino 2006 Paralympic Winter Games (Torino, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Giant Slalom Standing Final Round 26
Men's Slalom Standing Final Round 17
Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games (Vancouver, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Slalom Standing Final Round 12
Men's Giant Slalom Standing Final Round 22
2011 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships (Sestriere, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Slalom Standing Final 2011-01-20 13
Men's Giant Slalom Standing Final 2011-01-21 15
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Slalom Standing Final Round 2014-03-13 13
Men's Giant Slalom Standing Final Round 2014-03-15 11