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Nathalie Tyack

Alpine Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW2

Further personal information

Residence
France
Occupation
Business Owner
Languages
French

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She started skiing after the amputation of her leg at age 18.
Why this sport?
Despite growing up in Paris and having no family connections to the sport, she said she decided one day during her several years of treatment in hospital that she "simply had a strong desire to learn to ski". She left Paris for Toulouse, near the Alps, and sought to fulfil her dream. It was fellow French skier and guide Sophie Troc who introduced her to the sport. "Before I met Sophie, I didn't know how to ski. As I can no longer run, only skiing can give me that sensation of going fast. Sometimes, when I'm skiing I feel like not a single muscle is making any effort, it's great."

General interest

Hobbies
Cooking, eating at restaurants, spending time in the mountains with friends. (humanite.fr, 17 Mar 2010)
Impairment
In 1989 at age 15 she was diagnosed with bone cancer. "They amputated my leg on the day of my 18th birthday, but for me it was the beginning of a great revival. Since the age of 15 when my illness first appeared, I have gone through so much in hospital. But then, finally my eyes opened to the world around." (humanite.fr, 17 Mar 2010)
Other information
RESTAURANT
Not only did fellow French skier Sophie Troc introduce her to skiing, the pair developed such a close friendship that they opened a restaurant together called Ti'Bou, in Moliets dans les Landes, France. (ladepeche.fr, 09 Mar 2010, pourpoint.fr, 13 Oct 2012)

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