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Thierry Raoux

Nordic Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW10

Further personal information

Family
Wife Cecilia
Residence
France
Occupation
Information Technology
Languages
English, French, Greek, Italian, Spanish

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began para-biathlon in 2005.
Why this sport?
"I was a mountain guide before my accident. So I looked for an endurance winter sport. And as I'm quite good at shooting, I found it very natural to practise biathlon."
Club / Team
Les Trolls Ski Nordique Association: France

International debut

Year
2005
Competing for
France
Tournament
World Cup
Location
Val di Fiemme, ITA

General interest

Nicknames
Titi (montdauphin-vauban.fr, 02 Nov 2009)
Hobbies
Handcycling on mountain routes, reading, going to the cinema, making websites. (Athlete, 14 Jun 2011)
Memorable sporting achievement
Qualifying for and then competing at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver. (Athlete, 14 Jun 2011)
Most influential person in career
Former coach Steph Passeron. (Athlete, 14 Jun 2011)
Hero / Idol
French biathlete Martin Fourcade. (Athlete, 14 Jun 2011)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (Athlete, 14 Jun 2011)
Other information
IMPAIRMENT ORIGIN
In November 2004, while guiding a group of hikers through the French southern Alps, falling rocks struck him and broke his back, resulting in paraplegia. He spent nine months in hospital. (objectif-vancouver-2010.fr, 15 Mar 2010)

CLUB PRESIDENT
He is president of Les Trolls Ski Nordique Association, Section Handisport. (vercorshandisport.org, 03 Mar 2012)

BACKGROUND
He grew up in the Ardeche region of France [south of Saint Etienne] and treasures memories of swimming competitions in summer, and hiking and cross country skiing in winter. As a young man he climbed Mont Blanc, and completed his military service with the Chasseurs Alpins [mountain corps]. He lived for three years in Argentina, working as a chef, where he met his wife Cecilia. At 29, missing his home mountains, he returned to France to work as a mountain guide until his accident in 2004. After his accident, the trekking agency he worked for helped him retrain as a webmaster in order to continue his employment. (objectif-vancouver-2010.fr, 15 Mar 2010)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games (Vancouver, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 12.5 km Individual Sitting Final Round 20
Men's 2.4 km Pursuit Sitting Qualification 16
Men's 1 km Sprint Sitting Qualification 33
Men's 10 km Sitting Final Round 32
Men's 15 km Sitting Final Round 9999