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.
Further personal information
Sport specific information
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)
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)
|Men's Giant Slalom Standing||Race 1||2017-01-30||2|
|Men's Slalom Standing||Race 1||2017-01-31||9999|
|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|
|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|