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Murat Pelit

Alpine Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

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

Further personal information

Residence
Switzerland
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
French, German, Italian, Turkish

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began Para alpine skiing in 2009 in Switzerland.
Why this sport?
He enjoys being in the mountains and the snow. "I've always liked skiing alongside my friends. When I was at the hospital in Nottwil [Switzerland], I watched the white mountains and a big desire to return to skiing grew inside of me. To go back to those mountains where I love to be."
Name of coach
Gregory Chambaz [national]
Training Regime
His strength training focuses on reinforcing his shoulders, back and arms. He also combines his training with other outdoor activities, such as mountain biking, wakeboarding and trekking on his wheelchair. "I have to admit that I don't like to be at the gym, so I compensate it by practising other sports."

International debut

Year
2011
Competing for
Switzerland

General interest

Nicknames
Bode-Murat [after US alpine skier Bode Miller]. (rivistacorner.ch, 01 Feb 2018)
Hobbies
Mountain biking, wakeboarding. (rivistacorner.ch, 01 Feb 2018)
Hero / Idol
US alpine skier Bode Miller. (sportiamo.ch, 13 Mar 2017)
Injuries
He sustained an injury to his left wrist in January 2018. The injury did not prevent him from competing at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (cooperazione.ch, 05 Mar 2018; rivistacorner.ch, 01 Feb 2018)

He has fractured his collarbone and his shoulder during his career, as well as sustaining a number of concussions. (cooperazione.ch, 05 Mar 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Doing sport means freedom." (rivistacorner.ch, 01 Feb 2018)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2021 World Championships in Lillehammer, Norway, and to compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (laregione.ch, 14 Dec 2019)
Impairment
He has incomplete paraplegia as a result of being diagnosed with a malignant tumour in his lower back in 2003. He also had the sacrum bone removed from the base of his spine and has undergone around 80 operations since his initial diagnosis. "I was taking some courses in order to start a career in the military when I felt pain in my lower back which tests revealed to be a tumour. (cooperazione.ch, 05 Mar 2018; rivistacorner.ch, 01 Feb 2018; Illustrazione Ticinese, 03 Feb 2019)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
He has been involved with Esperance, a charity which has helped to build schools, bridges and infirmaries in southern Vietnam. He founded Ti-Rex, an association which aims to promote outdoor sports for people with impairments in Ticino, Switzerland. He has also worked as secretary of the fishing association of Mendrisio in Switzerland, and is a member of the Ticino canton's commission for the integration of foreigners. (laregione.ch, 20 Oct 2018; cooperazione.ch, 05 Mar 2018; YouTube, 16 Feb 2018; ticinonews.ch, 15 Jan 2020)

HERITAGE
He was born in Mendrisio, Switzerland, to Turkish parents. (laregione.ch, 14 Dec 2019)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Super-G Sitting Final 2018-03-11 9999
Men's Super Combined Sitting Final 2018-03-13 9999
Men's Giant Slalom Sitting Final 2018-03-14 16
Men's Slalom Sitting Final 2018-03-17 13
Kranjska Gora/Sella Nevea 2019 World Para Alpine Skiing Championships (Kranjska Gora/Sella Nevea, Slovenia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Giant Slalom Sitting Race 1 2019-01-21 9999
Men's Downhill Sitting Race 1 2019-01-30 9999
Men's Super-G Sitting Race 1 (from SC) 2019-01-31 8
Men's Super-Combined Sitting Race 1 2019-01-31 6