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Theo Gmur

Alpine Skiing
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Winter Paralympic debutant Theo Gmur dominated the highly-competitive men’s alpine skiing standing events at PyeongChang 2018.

The Swiss took no less than three gold medals in the giant slalom, super-G and downhill on South Korean soil. He was chosen to be his country’s flagbearer at the Closing Ceremony of the Games.

Before PyeongChang 2018, he also claimed the World Cup crystal globe by finishing atop the overall standings.

As a result, he was named Swiss Para Athlete of the Year in 2018. But few had bet on Gmur enjoying such a successful season, especially after his training was affected due to a glandular fever [mononucleosis] in mid-2017.

Gmur learned to ski at age three in Nendaz, Switzerland. His hometown is a ski resort, where he says almost every child takes up snow sports at an early age. His parents encouraged him to practise sports. He ended up with skiing just like his brother Thomas.

Gmur has hemiplegia because of an oedema he sustained at age two.

Biography

Impairment information

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

Further personal information

Residence
Haute-Nendez, SUI
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English, French, German
Higher education
Sports Science - High Federal Sport School of Macolin [HEFSM]: Magglingen, SUI

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He learned to ski at age three in Nendaz, Switzerland.
Why this sport?
His hometown is a ski resort, where he says almost every child takes up snow sports at an early age. His parents encouraged him to practise sports and he also wanted to follow his brother Thomas into skiing.
Name of coach
Gregory Chambaz [national]

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Winning three gold medals at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, and winning the downhill title at the 2019 World Championships in Slovenia and Italy. (rts.ch, 22 Mar 2018; paralympic.org, 31 Jan 2019)
Most influential person in career
His parents. (rts.ch, 22 Mar 2018)
Injuries
He sustained a small crack in the meniscus of his left knee in December 2021. The injury did not prevent him from competing at the 2022 World Championships in Lillehammer, Norway. (skiactu.ch, 03 Mar 2022)

In late 2019 he tore a ligament in his right ankle and injured the fibula tendon in his leg during training. He was sidelined for the remainder of the 2019/20 season and returned to skiing in March 2020. (theogmur.ch, 13 Apr 2020; lematin.ch, 07 Oct 2020; promotionsantevalais.ch, 09 Apr 2020)

His training was affected after sustaining glandular fever [mononucleosis] in mid-2017. (rts.ch, 22 Mar 2018; letemps.ch, 23 Mar 2018)

He underwent surgery on his ankle and his wrist in 2015. (letemps.ch, 23 Mar 2018)

In 2011 he was struck by a bus in Sion, Switzerland. He suffered nerve damage in both legs and underwent surgery. The injury affected the mobility of his right leg, and he returned to skiing in December 2012. (Face au Miroir par Johan Djourou YouTube channel, 02 Sep 2021)
Awards and honours
He was named Swiss Para Athlete of the Year in 2018. (plusport.ch, 10 Dec 2018)

He received an acknowledgement from the Federal Office of Sport [OFSPO] in 2018. (ehsm.admin.ch, 11 Apr 2018)

He was Switzerland's flag bearer at the closing ceremony of the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (plusport.ch, 10 Dec 2018)
Famous relatives
His brother Thomas is a middle-distance runner who has taken part in competitions in Switzerland and the United States of America, where he studied at Yale University. (letemps.ch, 23 Mar 2018; yalebulldogs.com, 01 Sep 2017; iaaf.org, 18 Aug 2018)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (theogmur.ch, 25 Jul 2020)
Impairment
He has hemiplegia as a result of an oedema [build up of fluid] he sustained at age two. In 2011 he was struck by a bus, which affected the mobility of his right leg. (rts.ch, 22 Mar 2018; Face au Miroir par Johan Djourou YouTube channel, 02 Sep 2021)

Results

Unit Date Rank
2017 IPC Alpine skiing World Championships Tarvisio, ITA (Tarvisio, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Giant Slalom Standing Race 1 2017-01-30 2
Men's Slalom Standing Race 1 2017-01-31 9999
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill Standing Final 2018-03-10 1
Men's Super-G Standing Final 2018-03-11 1
Men's Super Combined Standing Final 2018-03-13 9999
Men's Giant Slalom Standing Final 2018-03-14 1
Kranjska Gora/Sella Nevea 2019 World Para Alpine Skiing Championships (Kranjska Gora/Sella Nevea, Slovenia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Giant Slalom Standing Race 1 2019-01-21 2
Men's Downhill Standing Race 1 2019-01-30 1
Men's Super-Combined Standing Race 1 2019-01-31 9999
Men's Super-G Standing Race 1 (from SC) 2019-01-31 1