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Theodor Matican

Alpine Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
LW3

Further personal information

Residence
Craiova, ROU
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English, Romanian
Higher education
Biokinetics, Physiotherapy - University of Craiova : Romania

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He first tried skiing at age seven.
Why this sport?
His father encouraged him to try sledding instead of skiing as a child. "He told me he wanted to learn to ski. For three months he struggled. He would fall, and after wiping his snowy face, I would ask him to give up and go sledding. His answer was the same, 'No. I can!' Our luck was the ski instructor called Robi, who, along with Theo, did not stop fighting and working hard," said his father Sorin.
Club / Team
CSA Steaua Bucuresti: Romania
Name of coach
Sorin Cristian Matican [father, Para cycling]

General interest

Nicknames
Teo, Theo (Facebook profile, 15 Nov 2017; a1.ro, 18 Jan 2013)
Hobbies
Military equipment. (federatiadeciclism.ro, 18 May 2020)
Most influential person in career
His family. (federatiadeciclism.ro, 18 May 2020)
Hero / Idol
Romanian Para cyclist Carol Eduard Novak, Swiss road cyclist Fabian Cancellara, Dutch road cyclist Tom Dumoulin. (federatiadeciclism.ro, 18 May 2020)
Injuries
He suffered a broken shoulder in a fall at the 2015 World Para Cycling Championships in Nottwil, Switzerland. (federatiadeciclism.ro, 18 May 2020)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"My greatest happiness is when I cross the finish line. When I win it is fantastic. I want to be an example for other children with disabilities. By doing sports, like me, they can recover very well, they can have more confidence and success." (federatiadeciclism.ro, 18 May 2020)
Awards and honours
In 2019 he was named an honorary citizen of the city of Craiova, Romania. (federatiadeciclism.ro, 18 May 2020)
Other sports
He has competed in Para cycling and Para swimming at international level. He has also competed in triathlon at national level in Romania. (Beatrice Mercado Facebook profile, 12 Jan 2016; uci.ch, 09 Jan 2017; TVR Craiova, 29 Sep 2018)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (federatiadeciclism.ro, 18 May 2020)
Impairment
He was born with dyskinetic cerebral palsy, a form of cerebral palsy which affects his movement, coordination, attention skills and speech. (federatiadeciclism.ro, 18 May 2020)
Other information
MISSED PARALYMPIC GAMES
He was unable to compete in cycling at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo as his father was not permitted to travel to Tokyo as a member of the Romanian delegation. Theodor requires to be accompanied at competitions as he is unable to fully dress unaided. (digisport.ro, 18 Oct 2021; mediafax.ro, 30 Jun 2021; adevarul.ro, 03 Jul 2021)

FURTHER EDUCATION
After graduating with a degree in physical therapy and special motor skills from the University of Craiova in Romania, he began studying for a degree in physical education from the same university in 2020. (Facebook profile, 03 Dec 2020)