a male Para snowboarder

Reinhold Schett


Reinhold Schett just missed out on his first career Paralympic medal at the PyeongChang 2018 Games. He went head-to-head with the USA’s Noah Elliott in the snowboard-cross bronze medal race but could not hold on.

On his World Championships debut in 2017, Schett claimed silver and bronze in the snowboard-cross and banked slalom respectively. Top three finishes in both World Cup disciplines in the overall rankings also gave the Austrian a boost.

He burst onto the international scene in 2015-16, claiming his first World Cup victory in the men´s SB-LL1 in Big White, Canada, and finishing second in both the snowboard-cross and the banked slalom behind Dutch sensation Chris Vos.

Schett took up the sport at 13-years-old and, despite a serious accident in 2000, he has never abandoned it.

The snowboarder has an L1 incomplete paraplegia and can be seen playing wheelchair basketball or riding his bike when the snow melts and he cannot practice on the slopes.


Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Pischelsdorf am Engelbach, AUT
English, German

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began snowboarding in 1996. He took up Para snowboard in 2001, a year after his accident.
Why this sport?
He enjoyed spending time with friends in the mountains and feeling a sense of freedom while on the slopes. He was also inspired by Austrian snowboarder Stefan Gimpl. "Before I had my accident I was watching the Air and Style in Innsbruck. It was the first time Stefan Gimpl won the Air and Style and the first time ever the competition was won by an Austrian rider. I was so impressed by his jumps and atmosphere in the stadium. This was the moment I decided I wanted to get better in snowboarding and jumping and I started to participate in some smaller 'Big Air' events."
Club / Team
Sportunion Villgratental: Austria
Name of coach
Jean-Claude Keipes [national]

International debut

Competing for
European Cup
Landgraaf, NED

General interest

Swimming, cycling, audiobooks. (, 20 Feb 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in the SB-LL1 snowboard cross at the 2017 World Championships in Big White, BC, Canada. (Athlete, 09 Mar 2018)
Most influential person in career
His family. (Athlete, 09 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
Austrian snowboarder Stefan Gimpl. (, 28 Sep 2016)
He has incomplete paraplegia as the result of a snowboarding accident in February 2000. (Athlete, 09 Mar 2018)


Unit Date Rank
2017 IPC Snowboard World Championships Big White, CAN (Big White, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Snowboard Cross SB-LL1 Race 1 2017-02-04 2
Men's Banked Slalom SB-LL1 Race 1 2017-02-07 3
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Snowboard Cross SB-LL1 Final 2018-03-12 4
Men's Banked Slalom SB-LL1 Final 2018-03-16 5
Pyha 2019 World Para Snowboard Championships (Pyha, Finland)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Banked Slalom SB-LL1 Race 1 2019-03-27 4
Men's Snowboard Cross SB-LL1 Race 1 2019-03-30 4