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Mitchell Gourley

Alpine Skiing

Mitchell Gourley began skiing at the age of eight, making his international debut when he was 15 years old. But he had to wait another 10 years until he could enjoy his first major achievement, when he sealed gold in the men’s super-combined standing at the Tarvisio 2017 World Championships.

With that title in the bag, the 2017-18 season presented him with a very good chance of medalling at the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games. But his best result was fifth in the super-combined.

On the World Cup circuit, Gourley finished in second place in the overall men’s standing World Cup in 2017-18, repeating his performance from the previous season.

He has also showed his credentials as a Proud Paralympian, being elected as Athlete Representative on the World Para Alpine Skiing Sport Technical Committee.

Born without a left forearm, Gourley lives in Montreal, Canada but is a proud skier for the Australian team.

He enjoys track cycling, trail running, cooking and climbing and has shown himself to be superstitious; confessing he always puts his left ski boot on first.

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
LW6/8-2

Further personal information

Residence
Melbourne, VIC, AUS
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, French
Higher education
Commerce - University of Melbourne: Australia

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began skiing at age eight in Mount Buller, VIC, Australia.

International debut

Year
2006
Competing for
Australia
Location
Breckenridge, CO, USA

General interest

Nicknames
Mitcho, Spinach (Athlete, 17 Jun 2016; vis.org.au, 31 Jan 2017)
Hobbies
Road and track cycling, trail running, cooking, rock climbing. (abc.net.au, 24 Jun 2017; Athlete, 17 Jun 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in super combined at the 2017 World Championships in Tarvisio, Italy. (geelongadvertiser.com.au, 31 Jan 2017)
Most influential person in career
Australian alpine skier Jono Brauer, Australian Para alpine skiers Toby Kane, Marty Mayberry and Cameron Rahles-Rahbula. (Athlete, 17 Jun 2016)
Hero / Idol
US alpine skier Bode Miller, Australian cyclists Michael Milton and Cadel Evans. (vis.org.au, 31 Jan 2017)
Injuries
He suffered a wrist injury in the lead-up to the 2017 World Championships in Tarvisio, Italy. He went on to win gold in super combined at the event. (geelongadvertiser.com.au, 31 Jan 2017; skiandsnowboard.org.au, 23 Jan 2017)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
He puts on his left ski boot first. (Athlete, 17 Jun 2016)
Awards and honours
He received the Male Sportsperson of the Year Award at the 2017 Victorian Disability Sport and Recreation Awards in Australia. (alignedleisure.com.au, 22 Aug 2017)

He was named Para Snowsport Athlete of the Year for 2016 and 2017 by Ski and Snowboard Australia. (skiandsnowboard.org.au, 28 Apr 2017)
Impairment
He was born without his left forearm and hand. (abc.net.au, 24 Jun 2017)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
In 2015 he began serving as an athlete representative on the International Paralympic Committee [IPC] alpine skiing sport technical committee. In January 2017 he was re-elected for a further two years. "It's exciting. I'm really proud and honoured to have the chance to do it again. It's something which is really hard work but really rewarding." (insidethegames.biz, 29 Jan 2017; paralympic.org, 27 Jan 2017)

FURTHER EDUCATION
He has studied for a master's degree in business administration at Deakin University in Geelong, VIC, Australia. (Athlete, 17 Jun 2016)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games (Vancouver, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Slalom Standing Final Round 27
Men's Giant Slalom Standing Final Round 12
Men's Super-G Standing Final Round 10
IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships (Kangwonland, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Slalom Standing Final 2009-02-20 19
Men's Giant Slalom Standing Final 2009-02-21 24
Men's Super-G Standing Final 2009-02-23 28
Men's Super-Combined Standing Final 2009-02-23 25
Men's Super-G Standing Run 2 2009-02-24 26
Men's Downhill Standing Final 2009-02-28 30
2011 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships (Sestriere, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill Standing Final 2011-01-16 6
Men's Super-G Standing Final 2011-01-18 7
Men's Super-Combined Standing Final 2011-01-19 7
Men's Slalom Standing Final 2011-01-20 7
Men's Giant Slalom Standing Final 2011-01-21 5
IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships (La Molina, Spain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill Standing Race 1 2013-02-20 13
Men's Super-G Standing Race 1 2013-02-21 11
Men's Slalom Standing Race 1 2013-02-24 8
Men's Super-Combined Standing Race 1 2013-02-25 5
Men's Giant Slalom Standing Race 1 2013-02-26 9999
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill Standing Final Round 2014-03-08 7
Men's Super-G Standing Final Round 2014-03-09 9999
Men's Slalom Standing Final Round 2014-03-13 9999
Men's Super Combined Standing Final Round 2014-03-14 5
Men's Giant Slalom Standing Final Round 2014-03-15 9999
2015 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships Panorama (Panorama, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill Standing Race 1 2015-03-04 9999
Men's Super-G Standing Race 1 2015-03-05 5
Men's Super-Combined Standing Race 1 2015-03-07 9999
Men's Giant Slalom Standing Race 1 2015-03-08 4
Men's Slalom Standing Race 1 2015-03-10 9999
2017 IPC Alpine skiing World Championships Tarvisio, ITA (Tarvisio, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill Standing Race 1 2017-01-25 4
Men's Super-G Standing Race 1 2017-01-26 8
Men's Super-Combined Standing Race 1 2017-01-28 1
Men's Giant Slalom Standing Race 1 2017-01-30 5
Men's Slalom Standing Race 1 2017-01-31 5
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill Standing Final 2018-03-10 9999
Men's Super-G Standing Final 2018-03-11 12
Men's Super Combined Standing Final 2018-03-13 5
Men's Giant Slalom Standing Final 2018-03-14 8
Men's Slalom Standing Final 2018-03-17 6
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 4
Men's Slalom Standing Race 1 2019-01-23 3
Men's Downhill Standing Race 1 2019-01-30 9999
Men's Super-G Standing Race 1 (from SC) 2019-01-31 9999
Men's Super-Combined Standing Race 1 2019-01-31 9999