13109-Nicolas Loussalez photo

Nicolas Loussalez

Alpine Skiing


Impairment information


Further personal information

Daughter Lise [2013]
Eaux-Bonnes, FRA
Higher education
University of Pau and Pays de l'Adour: France

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He was introduced to skiing as a child when his father took him to the nearby pistes of Gourette in the Pyrenees. As a teenager, he switched to snowboarding and "found a freedom that was missing in skiing".
Why this sport?
In 2005, four years after his accident, his friends, girlfriend and family convinced him to try skiing again. He learned of a ski monitor named Francois Laboissette who specialised in teaching people with paraplegia to ski. He was hesitant at first, thinking it could not compare to able-bodied skiing. "And how wrong I was. As soon as I was in the chair, Francois asked me, 'Do you really want to see what we can do in this thing?' and before I could respond we were off. Sensations of speed, the proximity to the snow at every turn.If this chair wasn't dedicated to people with disabilities, it could easily be a new alternative to skiing or snowboarding."
Name of coach
Michael Charriere [national], FRA

General interest

Other sports
Before his accident he competed in snowboarding, and was named 'Champion of Pyrenees Big Air' competition in 1999. (, 04 Jan 2011)
In January 2001 a snowboarding accident resulted in paraplegia. "After a huge jump, I missed the landing and my legs, tired from the morning's action, couldn't keep me from falling back on a rock hidden underneath the fresh powder. I wanted to move my body to get out of the landing zone, but nothing happened." (, 04 Jan 2011)
Other information
Several months before his accident he lost his father to cancer. (, 04 Jan 2011)

He is a qualified maths teacher and has taught at high school level in France. (, 25 Mar 2010; Facebook profile, 17 Jan 2013)


Unit Date Rank
Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games (Vancouver, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Slalom Sitting Final Round 26
Men's Giant Slalom Sitting Final Round 9999
Men's Super-G Sitting Final Round 9999
Men's Downhill Sitting Final Round 9999