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Sadegh Kalhor

Alpine Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW2

Further personal information

Family
Wife Sedigheh Rouzbeh, son Iliya.
Occupation
Coach
Languages
English, German, Persian
Higher education
Psychology - University of Karaj: Iran

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began skiing at age three. He took up Para skiing seven months after his accident at age 18.
Why this sport?
He has four brothers who skied at national level in the Islamic Republic of Iran, so he followed them into the sport as a child. After his accident he wanted to remain active, so he began Para skiing as he already loved the sport.

International debut

Year
1998
Competing for
Iran
Tournament
Paralympic Games
Location
Nagano, JPN

General interest

Most influential person in career
His brothers. (Athlete, 06 Mar 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Effort. Effort. Effort." (Athlete, 06 Mar 2014)
Awards and honours
He was chosen as Iran's flag bearer for the opening ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (paralympic.org, 07 Mar 2014)
Other sports
He competed in able-bodied alpine skiing at junior national level prior to his accident. (isna.ir, 21 Apr 2020; hamshahrionline.ir, 26 Apr 2014)
Milestones
After first competing at the 1998 Paralympic Winter Games in Nagano, he became the first Iranian athlete from any sport to compete at multiple editions of the Paralympic Winter Games when he took part in 2002 in Salt Lake City. Since then, he became the first Iranian to compete at three, four and five editions of the Paralympic Winter Games after taking part in 2006, 2010 and 2014. (SportsDeskOnline, 31 Jan 2019)
Famous relatives
Several of his brothers were members of the Iranian national ski team, and have served as his coaches. His wife Sedigheh Rouzbeh represented the Islamic Republic of Iran in Para snowboard at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (SportsDeskOnline, 02 Dec 2021; paralympic.org, 10 Mar 2021; Athlete, 06 Mar 2014)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (tehrantimes.com, 30 Jan 2021)
Impairment
His right leg was amputated after he skied into a cable hidden in the snow at age 18. "I was a member of the junior national team until I lost one of my legs. Before that, I was always the first in alpine skiing." (isna.ir, 21 Apr 2020; Athlete, 06 Mar 2014)
Other information
COACHING ROLE
He serves as the head coach of the Iranian national Para alpine skiing team. (irisfd.ir, 27 Nov 2021)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
He served as a member of the Sub-Committee for Alpine Youth and Children's Questions at the International Ski Federation [FIS] from 2018 to 2020. (fondoitalia.it, 02 Aug 2021)