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Melania Corradini

Alpine Skiing
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
LW6/8-1

Further personal information

Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Italian, Spanish

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She first tried skiing at age five, and was introduced to Para alpine skiing at age 16.
Why this sport?
"When I was five my mother put me on skis, she gave me the passion for snow and skiing. In 2004 she took my brother to a race in Val di Fiemme and discovered there were also Paralympic competitions, so I started racing on the circuit."
Name of coach
Davide Gros [national], ITA

International debut

Year
2003
Competing for
Italy

General interest

Nicknames
Melly (solowattaggio.com, 29 Dec 2017)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a silver medal in the super-G at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver. (redbull.com, 15 Jan 2016)
Hero / Idol
Austrian alpine skier Hermann Maier, Italian motor racing driver and Para road cyclist Alex Zanardi. (redbull.com, 15 Jan 2016)
Injuries
An injury prevented her from competing at the 2015 World Championships in Panorama, BC, Canada. (fisip.it, 04 Mar 2015)

During a practice run at the 2014 World Cup event in Panorama, BC, Canada, she fractured her left collarbone and was unable to compete at the event. (comitatoparalimpico.it, 13 Jan 2014)

In November 2012 she suffered an injury to the cruciate ligament in her knee. She underwent surgery on the injury in March 2013, and began skiing again in July 2013. (superabile.it, 26 Nov 2013; italian.ruvr.ru, 15 Mar 2013)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I look at what I have and not at what I am missing. I have always enjoyed challenges since I was a child." (ildolomiti.it, 09 Oct 2017)
Awards and honours
In January 2017 she received a commemorative plaque from the mayor of Ville d'Anaunia, Italy, in recognition of the commitment and perseverance she has showed in her career. (ansa.it, 03 Jan 2017)

She was Italy's flag bearer during the opening ceremony of the 2006 Paralympic Winter Games in Turin. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2014)
Impairment
She was born without her left arm. (redbull.com, 15 Jan 2016)
Other information
BIONIC ARM
In July 2017 she used for the first time a bionic arm, a prosthesis that integrates with her muscles and nervous system. “I am still a beginner, but this is a great honour and hope. For the first time I will have the opportunity to try and live with both hands.” She had tried a prosthetic arm as a child, but she discontinued its use because she found it very uncomfortable. (ognisportoltre.it, 21 Dec 2017; Facebook profile, 23 Jul 2017; giornaletrentino.it, 23 Jul 2017)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Torino 2006 Paralympic Winter Games (Torino, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Downhill Standing Final Round 6
Women's Giant Slalom Standing Final Round 9999
Women's Super-G Standing Final Round 9999
Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games (Vancouver, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Giant Slalom Standing Final Round 8
Women's Super Combined Standing Final Round 7
Women's Super-G Standing Final Round 2
Women's Downhill Standing Final Round 4
IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships (Kangwonland, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Slalom Standing Final 2009-02-20 5
Women's Giant Slalom Standing Final 2009-02-21 2
Women's Super-G Standing Final 2009-02-23 2
Women's Super-Combined Standing Final 2009-02-23 1
Women's Super-G Standing Run 2 2009-02-24 3
Women's Downhill Standing Final 2009-02-28 2
2011 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships (Sestriere, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Downhill Standing Final 2011-01-16 4
Women's Super-G Standing Final 2011-01-18 4
Women's Super-Combined Standing Final 2011-01-19 9999
Women's Slalom Standing Final 2011-01-20 4
Women's Giant Slalom Standing Final 2011-01-21 5
IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships (La Molina, Spain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Downhill Standing Race 1 2013-02-20 6
Women's Super-G Standing Race 1 2013-02-21 6
Women's Super-Combined Standing Race 1 2013-02-25 9999
Women's Giant Slalom Standing Race 1 2013-02-26 7
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Downhill Standing Final Round 2014-03-08 9999
Women's Super-G Standing Final Round 2014-03-10 8
Women's Super Combined Standing Final Round 2014-03-14 9999
Women's Giant Slalom Standing Final Round 2014-03-16 9999
2017 IPC Alpine skiing World Championships Tarvisio, ITA (Tarvisio, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Super-G Standing Race 1 2017-01-26 6
Women's Super-Combined Standing Race 1 2017-01-28 9999
Women's Giant Slalom Standing Race 1 2017-01-30 5