Maxime Montaggioni was a hot favourite for Paralympic gold but his dreams were crushed when he got injured during training at PyeongChang 2018. But he seems to have put that disappointment behind him with an outstanding return to competition during the 2018-19 season.
Montaggioni has made a statement return to the sport since his PyeongChang 2018 accident by sweeping both snowboard-cross races at the 2019 World Cup in Big White, Canada. He went three for four at the next World Cup in La Molina, Spain; also taking top honours in banked slalom.
The Frenchman caused a shock at the 2017 World Championships when he upset USA’s gold-medal favourite Mike Minor in banked slalom. He then went head-to-head with Minor for the boarder-cross title but came up short.
The following season was Montaggioni’s strongest as he came away with the overall World Cup crystal globe in the men’s SB-UL category that set him up for success in PyeongChang. But it was not meant to be.
Montaggioni was born without his right hand and remembered being teased by other kids. It was when he was around 14 years old that he realised he had to live with his impairment. He picked up taekwondo a few years ago and fell in love with snowboard-cross because of the adrenaline rush, and he stuck with the sport.
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Sport specific information
In 2016 he sustained a back injury while in San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina. (enroutepourrio.eu, 29 Nov 2016)
He said the disappointment of missing out on the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang because of injury made him change his approach to the sport. "I'm completely different. I'm less aggressive in my rides, I'm just thinking with my brain so I have strategy and I've got maturity. Now I'm safer in my choices and in my vision of the race. I got some distance and now I use my brain more than my muscles." (paralympic.org, 20 Mar 2019)
He studied communications and advertising at IDRAC Business School in Amiens, France, and organisational communication and human resources at the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis in France. (Athlete, 07 Mar 2018; LinkedIn profile, 11 Jul 2016)
|Men's Snowboard Cross SB-UL||Race 1||2017-02-04||2|
|Men's Banked Slalom SB-UL||Race 1||2017-02-07||1|
|Men's Banked Slalom SB-UL||Race 1||2019-03-27||1|
|Men's Snowboard Cross SB-UL||Race 1||2019-03-30||1|