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Rene Eckhart

Snowboard

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Classification
SB-LL1

Further personal information

Residence
Austria
Occupation
Tradesperson
Languages
English, German
Higher education
Trade - Locksmith, Trade - Welder - WIFI Upper Austria: Linz, AUT

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began snowboarding at age six on the Kaunertal Glacier in Austria. He started competing in 2014.
Why this sport?
"I always loved to be outside and enjoy the fresh powder. In competitions I love the adrenalin kick and the battle with the other athletes."
Club / Team
Skiclub Kaunertal: Austria
Name of coach
Noah Abdel Aziz, AUT; Frederik Krassnitzer [fitness], AUT

General interest

Hobbies
Wakeboarding, climbing, tennis, cycling, hiking, swimming, camping. (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal at the 2020 World Cup event in La Molina, Spain, which was his first World Cup victory. (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022; meinbezirk.at, 19 Mar 2020)
Hero / Idol
Austrian snowboarder Alessandro Hammerle. (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
He does breathing exercises and listens to music before he competes. (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Never give up. Limits only exist in your head." (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022)
Other sports
He has competed in swimming, handcycling and Para alpine skiing at regional level in Austria. (rene-eckhart.jimdo.com, 01 Jul 2015)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (oe24.at, 10 Nov 2021; meinbezirk.at, 19 Mar 2020)
Impairment
He was born without the tibia bone in his left leg. When he was nine months old the limb was amputated below the knee. (rene-eckhart.jimdo.com, 01 Jul 2015)
Other information
OCCUPATION
He has trained as a locksmith and welder, and works part-time at a workshop in Imst, Austria. (Facebook profile, 22 Feb 2022)

Results

Unit Date Rank
2015 IPCAS Para Snowboard World Championships La Molina (La Molina, Spain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Snowboard Cross SB-LL1 Race 1 2015-02-24 4
Men's Banked Slalom SB-LL1 Race 1 2015-02-28 6
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 6
Men's Banked Slalom SB-LL1 Race 1 2017-02-07 8
Pyha 2019 World Para Snowboard Championships (Pyha, Finland)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Banked Slalom SB-LL1 Race 1 2019-03-27 9
Men's Snowboard Cross SB-LL1 Race 1 2019-03-30 8