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Maurizio Nicoli

Alpine Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW10-2

Further personal information

Residence
Wetzikon, SUI
Languages
English, French, German, Italian
Higher education
Trade - Mechanic

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He first tried skiing in 1982 in Lavorgo, Switzerland. He discovered monoski six months after his accident in 1998.
Why this sport?
Skiing was the sport he was best at as a child.
Name of coach
Bjorn Bruhin [national]
Coach from which country?
Switzerland
Training Regime
In the summer he trains using a handbike and then gets back onto the slopes by the end of August.

International debut

Year
2009
Competing for
Switzerland

General interest

Hobbies
Cycling, tennis, cooking. (swissparalympic.ch, 17 Feb 2014)
Memorable sporting achievement
The feeling of freedom he has each time he skis. (Athlete, 20 Nov 2013)
Most influential person in career
His former girlfriend. (Athlete, 20 Nov 2013)
Hero / Idol
Swiss tennis player Roger Federer. (Athlete, 08 Mar 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Sport is everything." (Athlete, 08 Mar 2014)
Ambitions
To compete at a Paralympic Winter Games. (Athlete, 20 Nov 2013)
Impairment
He was involved in a helicopter crash in September 1997 in which two people died. He has used a wheelchair since. (ftia.ch, 01 Apr 2012; cooperazione.ch, 02 Jan 2012)
Other information
ACCESSIBILITY IN SWITZERLAND
He has noticed a big change in how easy it is to get into buildings for wheelchair users since he first had his accident in 1997. "The accessibility of buildings used to be very limited, but things have improved. Today there are ramps, stair lifts everywhere. I am self-sufficient, I drive the car, I have an almost normal life. Maybe sometimes I happen to be in a store and ask someone to hand me a box of cookies from a high shelf too. I see it as an opportunity to have a chat rather than a source of discomfort." (cooperazione.ch, 02 Jan 2012)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships (La Molina, Spain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Super-G Sitting Race 1 2013-02-21 13
Men's Slalom Sitting Race 1 2013-02-24 9999
Men's Super-Combined Sitting Race 1 2013-02-25 9999
Men's Giant Slalom Sitting Race 1 2013-02-26 9999
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Super-G Sitting Final Round 2014-03-09 12
Men's Slalom Sitting Final Round 2014-03-13 9999
Men's Super Combined Sitting Final Round 2014-03-14 9999
Men's Giant Slalom Sitting Final Round 2014-03-15 9999