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Martin France

Alpine Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Impaired range of motion
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
LW9-1

Further personal information

Residence
Hurbanovo, SVK
Occupation
Motivational Speaker
Languages
Czech, English, French, Hungarian, Slovak
Higher education
Management, Tourism - University of Economics in Bratislava: Slovakia

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began Para alpine skiing in 1995 in Slovakia.
Why this sport?
His parents introduced him to the sport.
Club / Team
Pegas Remata: Handlová, SVK
Name of coach
Roman Petrik [national], SVK

General interest

Nicknames
Vojnik (vancouver2010.com, 01 Mar 2010)
Hobbies
Para taekwondo, painting, music, computers, cars. (Facebook profile, 02 Oct 2021; smesirovni.sk, 20 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Finishing fourth in giant slalom at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (Athlete, 04 Jan 2019)
Most influential person in career
His family. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
US alpine skier Bode Miller. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Don't fall down. Smile. I am always smiling. No matter what happens, we must smile because there is only one life and the only thing to do is just smile." (paralympic.org, 15 Oct 2021)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the Paralympic Winter Games. (smesirovni.sk, 20 Nov 2019)
Impairment
He was born with underdeveloped upper and lower limbs. (spv.sk, 01 Mar 2014)
Other information
RETIREMENT PLANS
He will retire from competitive Para alpine skiing after the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. "The biggest motivation is to get one medal, just one medal because I was fourth three times. Every athlete who has a medal or some success in his sport, he has a good feeling and I would like to have that too. I want the medal. After Beijing, I will end my career. If I win a medal, or if I don't win a medal, I will finish. Everything must end somewhere." (paralympic.org, 15 Oct 2021)

PAINTING
He enjoyed painting as a child, and returned to his hobby more seriously in 2020 thanks to his brother. He draws inspiration from street art and graffiti, and particularly enjoys depicting animals. "My brother was in New York [United States of America] for a trip and he wanted to buy a painting from some man in Central Park. He did not buy it because it was too expensive so I told him that I will paint the same painting for him. It took one year, the painting that I made. It was a frog. When I finished this painting I was really excited, so I made more and more paintings. I sold three or four paintings last month [speaking in March 2022], so it's pretty good. I would like to do it 100% after the [2022] Paralympics. I just bought a new house. It's a ruin, but there is a place where I can paint." (OIS, 08 Mar 2022; paralympic.org, 15 Oct 2021)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Torino 2006 Paralympic Winter Games (Torino, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Super-G Standing Final Round 26
Men's Slalom Standing Final Round 7
Men's Giant Slalom Standing Final Round 4
Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games (Vancouver, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill Standing Final Round 19
Men's Super-G Standing Final Round 11
Men's Super Combined Standing Final Round 16
Men's Giant Slalom Standing Final Round 15
Men's Slalom Standing Final Round 24
IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships (Kangwonland, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Slalom Standing Final 2009-02-20 16
Men's Giant Slalom Standing Final 2009-02-21 16
Men's Super-Combined Standing Final 2009-02-23 22
Men's Super-G Standing Final 2009-02-23 24
Men's Super-G Standing Run 2 2009-02-24 16
Men's Downhill Standing Final 2009-02-28 3
2011 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships (Sestriere, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill Standing Final 2011-01-16 15
Men's Super-G Standing Final 2011-01-18 16
Men's Super-Combined Standing Final 2011-01-19 15
Men's Slalom Standing Final 2011-01-20 17
Men's Giant Slalom Standing Final 2011-01-21 16
Mixed Team Event VI/Sitting/Standing Final 2011-01-23 3
IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships (La Molina, Spain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill Standing Race 1 2013-02-20 10
Men's Super-G Standing Race 1 2013-02-21 5
Men's Slalom Standing Race 1 2013-02-24 6
Men's Super-Combined Standing Race 1 2013-02-25 10
Men's Giant Slalom Standing Race 1 2013-02-26 6
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Super-G Standing Final Round 2014-03-09 8
Men's Slalom Standing Final Round 2014-03-13 14
Men's Super Combined Standing Final Round 2014-03-14 8
Men's Giant Slalom Standing Final Round 2014-03-15 4
2015 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships Panorama (Panorama, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill Standing Race 1 2015-03-04 10
Men's Super-G Standing Race 1 2015-03-05 8
Men's Super-Combined Standing Race 1 2015-03-07 11
Men's Giant Slalom Standing Race 1 2015-03-08 5
Men's Slalom Standing Race 1 2015-03-10 8
2017 IPC Alpine skiing World Championships Tarvisio, ITA (Tarvisio, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill Standing Race 1 2017-01-25 16
Men's Super-G Standing Race 1 2017-01-26 9
Men's Super-Combined Standing Race 1 2017-01-28 10
Men's Giant Slalom Standing Race 1 2017-01-30 4
Men's Slalom Standing Race 1 2017-01-31 11
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill Standing Final 2018-03-10 16
Men's Super-G Standing Final 2018-03-11 6
Men's Super Combined Standing Final 2018-03-13 8
Men's Giant Slalom Standing Final 2018-03-14 4
Men's Slalom Standing Final 2018-03-17 11
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 6
Men's Slalom Standing Race 1 2019-01-23 5
Men's Downhill Standing Race 1 2019-01-30 17
Men's Super-Combined Standing Race 1 2019-01-31 7
Men's Super-G Standing Race 1 (from SC) 2019-01-31 9