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Roman Rabl

Alpine Skiing
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW12-1

Further personal information

Languages
German

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began Para alpine skiing in November 2007, 10 months after his accident.
Why this sport?
He wanted to continue skiing after his accident. "Of course I had pictured my way of skiing differently, but after a while I realised that I had a big talent in that sport and the thought grew to start a career in Para sports."
Club / Team
WSV Soll: Austria
Name of coach
Markus Gutenbrunner [national], AUT

International debut

Year
2009
Competing for
Austria

General interest

Hobbies
Cycling, spending time with friends, swimming. (oepc.at, 20 Feb 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning two silver medals at the 2015 World Championships in Panorama, BC, Canada. (tt.com, 06 Dec 2018)
Awards and honours
In 2018 he was given a Golden Sport Award by the Austrian Ski Federation [OSV]. (skiweltcup.tv, 23 Jun 2018)
Impairment
In January 2007 he crashed into a tree while skiing, paralysing him from the 12th thoracic vertebra. (tt.com, 25 Aug 2016; sporthilfe.at, 01 Mar 2014)
Other information
COMPETITIVE BREAK
He returned to competitive Para alpine skiing in 2021 after break of over two years after announcing his retirement in 2019. He plans to compete for one more year. "I pretty much lost the joy of skiing after 10 years as an elite skier. Moreover, I got a nice job offer from Austrian customs to lead the Para sports programme and started a bachelor's degree in economics. It was time to focus on something new. Back then a comeback was never an option for me, but having no training in the gates and getting the result that I got at the national championships [in 2021], I started thinking more and more to try it once again. After finishing my bachelor studies in June [2021], I started training again and now I had some good days on snow, which makes me quite optimistic." (paralympic.org, 17 Nov 2021; oesv.at, 23 Sep 2021)

Results

Unit Date Rank
2011 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships (Sestriere, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Slalom Sitting Final 2011-01-20 5
Men's Giant Slalom Sitting Final 2011-01-21 13
Mixed Team Event VI/Sitting/Standing Final 2011-01-23 6
IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships (La Molina, Spain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill Sitting Race 1 2013-02-20 9999
Men's Super-G Sitting Race 1 2013-02-21 10
Men's Slalom Sitting Race 1 2013-02-24 9999
Men's Super-Combined Sitting Race 1 2013-02-25 9999
Men's Giant Slalom Sitting Race 1 2013-02-26 6
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill Sitting Final Round 2014-03-08 4
Men's Super-G Sitting Final Round 2014-03-09 9999
Men's Slalom Sitting Final Round 2014-03-13 3
Men's Super Combined Sitting Final Round 2014-03-14 3
Men's Giant Slalom Sitting Final Round 2014-03-15 3
2015 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships Panorama (Panorama, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill Sitting Race 1 2015-03-04 2
Men's Super-G Sitting Race 1 2015-03-05 4
Men's Super-Combined Sitting Race 1 2015-03-07 2
Men's Giant Slalom Sitting Race 1 2015-03-08 4
Men's Slalom Sitting Race 1 2015-03-10 9999
2017 IPC Alpine skiing World Championships Tarvisio, ITA (Tarvisio, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill Sitting Race 1 2017-01-25 9999
Men's Super-G Sitting Race 1 2017-01-26 6
Men's Super-Combined Sitting Race 1 2017-01-28 5
Men's Giant Slalom Sitting Race 1 2017-01-30 5
Men's Slalom Sitting Race 1 2017-01-31 7
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill Sitting Final 2018-03-10 5
Men's Super-G Sitting Final 2018-03-11 9
Men's Super Combined Sitting Final 2018-03-13 9999
Men's Giant Slalom Sitting Final 2018-03-14 7
Men's Slalom Sitting Final 2018-03-17 8
Kranjska Gora/Sella Nevea 2019 World Para Alpine Skiing Championships (Kranjska Gora/Sella Nevea, Slovenia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Giant Slalom Sitting Race 1 2019-01-21 9
Men's Slalom Sitting Race 1 2019-01-23 6