19871-Patrik Hetmer photo

Patrik Hetmer

Alpine Skiing


Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Miroslav Macala

Further personal information

Wife Lucie, daughter Leontyna
Luhacovice, CZE
Athlete, Teacher
Czech, English
Higher education
Geography, Physical Education - Masaryk University: Brno, CZE

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began Para alpine skiing at age three in the Sumava mountains in the Czech Republic.
Why this sport?
"My father was an athlete in skiing and orienteering. I have been skiing among the able-bodied since I was little and at age 13 I tried snowboarding, but gave it up. Before my 30th birthday, I found out that I could compete with my impairment, but it didn't apply to snowboarding. Another choice was skiing. In my case, it was also because of my best friend [and guide] Miroslav Macala, we grew up together, we lived on the same street."
Club / Team
BSC Prague: Czech Republic
Name of coach
Frantisek Dostalek, CZE, from 2013

International debut

Competing for
Czech Republic
Innerkrems, AUT

General interest

Bety (IPC, 10 Feb 2018)
Mountain biking, long-distance running, spending time with family. (Athlete, 21 Jan 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze in giant slalom at the 2015 World Championships in Panorama, BC, Canada, and finishing sixth in downhill at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (Athlete, 21 Jan 2019)
Most influential person in career
His parents and his grandfather. (Athlete, 13 Jun 2016)
Hero / Idol
Swiss alpine skier Didier Cuche. (IPC, 10 Feb 2018)
In early 2021 he sustained a leg injury while training in Austria and missed the World Cup events in Saalbach, Austria, and Leogang, Austria, in February that year. (BSC Prague Facebook page, 23 Feb 2021, 29 Apr 2021; Facebook profile, 23 Mar 2021)

He required surgery on his spleen and was unable to compete at the 2019 World Championships in Slovenia and Italy. (Athlete, 21 Jan 2019)

In January 2017 he injured the Achilles tendon in his left leg while competing at the World Cup event in Innerkrems, Austria. The injury meant he missed the 2017 World Championships in Tarvisio, Italy. (IPC, 10 Feb 2018;, 29 Sep 2017)

He underwent surgery on his left knee in 2003. (Athlete, 13 Jun 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Live a full life, you live only once." (Athlete, 13 Jun 2016)
Other sports
He has competed in Para athletics. He also competed in Para cycling road at the 2015 European Cup in Vratna, Slovakia. (BSC Prague Facebook page, 21 Aug 2020; Athlete, 13 Jun 2016)
To compete at both the summer and winter Paralympic Games. (Athlete, 21 Jan 2019)
He has a visual field of four degrees. (Athlete, 13 Jun 2016)


Unit Date Rank
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Super-G Visually Impaired Final Round 2014-03-09 9999
Men's Slalom Visually Impaired Final Round 2014-03-13 8
Men's Super Combined Visually Impaired Final Round 2014-03-14 7
Men's Giant Slalom Visually Impaired Final Round 2014-03-15 9999
2015 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships Panorama (Panorama, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill VI Race 1 2015-03-04 6
Men's Super-G VI Race 1 2015-03-05 6
Men's Super-Combined VI Race 1 2015-03-07 9999
Men's Giant Slalom VI Race 1 2015-03-08 3
Men's Slalom VI Race 1 2015-03-10 6
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill Visually Impaired Final 2018-03-10 6
Men's Super-G Visually Impaired Final 2018-03-11 10
Men's Super Combined Visually Impaired Final 2018-03-13 8
Men's Giant Slalom Visually Impaired Final 2018-03-14 9999
Men's Slalom Visually Impaired Final 2018-03-17 8