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Raquel Martinez Muniz

Alpine Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
LW9-1

Further personal information

Residence
León, ESP
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Spanish
Higher education
Computer Engineering - University of Leon: Spain

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She first tried skiing at age five. She began competing in 2013.
Why this sport?
"If I walk down the street I feel different but when I ski I can keep up with other people."
Training Regime
During the northern hemisphere winter, she trains at the Paralympic Snow Sports Specialised Centre [CDIA] in Baqueira Beret, Spain, and at the High Performance Centre [CEARD] in Leon, Spain, during the summer months.

General interest

Most influential person in career
Fitness coach Ricardo Alcalde. (cadenaser.com, 26 Dec 2018)
Hero / Idol
Her father, US alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin, Spanish Para swimmer Teresa Perales, Spanish Para snowboarder Astrid Fina. (diariodeleon.es, 18 Sep 2021)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Para skiers must train for hours and hours, and be well-prepared, in order to achieve medals or qualify for major competitions." (deporteadaptadocyl.org, 01 Mar 2020)
Ambitions
To compete in Para snowboarding at the 2026 Paralympic Winter Games in Milan-Cortina. (diariodeleon.es, 18 Sep 2021)
Impairment
She was born with cerebral palsy, which affects her arms and legs. She also required surgery in 2005 and 2007 because of a congenital hip dislocation. (diariodeleon.es, 03 Dec 2015)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
She and her siblings own Tobaventura, a tourism company that organises outdoor activities such as trekking and rafting in Posada de Valdeon, Spain. She runs the administration side of the business. She also works at the municipality of Posada de Valdeon, Spain, as a supervisor of the camper parking lot. (cadenaser.com, 26 Dec 2018; diariodeleon.es, 18 Sep 2021)

SWITCH TO PARA SNOWBOARDING
In November 2020 she began focusing on Para snowboard with a view to competing in the sport at the 2026 Paralympic Games in Milan-Cortina. "The team proposed me the chance to change to snowboarding. It took me a lot but I know that if I hadn't done it I would have regretted it." (diariodeleon.es, 18 Sep 2021)