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Miguel Joaquin Catalan Obreque

Alpine Skiing | Nordic Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW11

Further personal information

Residence
Temuco, CHI
Occupation
Student
Languages
English, French, Spanish
Higher education
Diagnostic Imaging - Mayor University: Temuco, CHI

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began Para alpine skiing in 2018.
Why this sport?
He took up the sport at a rehabilitation centre in Chile. "When I was at the hospital I began watching some videos of people who were competing at the Paralympic Games. Then, in the [rehabilitation centre] I was told that in the sports area there was a monoski and I could try it. Five months after the accident I began skiing. It was amazing and I haven't stopped since."
Name of coach
Carlos Torres [national], CHI

General interest

Hobbies
Playing the oboe. (Facebook profile, 05 Jun 2020)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Live as I can." (Instagram profile, 23 Dec 2021)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (chileparaski.cl, 25 May 2021)
Impairment
In February 2018 he sustained a spinal cord injury while skiing in the United States of America. He crashed while trying to avoid a child in the middle of a downhill track, and his injuries resulted in paraplegia. (araucanianoticias.cl, 24 Nov 2018; Facebook page, 22 Dec 2021)