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Thomas Clarion

Thomas Baptiste Clarion

Nordic Skiing
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Part of a group of French skiers reaching their peak in recent seasons, Thomas Clarion won his first major international medals with two bronzes at Sochi 2014.

He followed that up a year later with gold and silver at the 2015 World Championships in Cable, USA.

After working with new guide Antoine Bollet last season, he reached the No.3 spot in the overall men’s cross-country visually impaired rankings.

Clarion lost his sight at the age of 20 but was already a keen skier, having being inspired by the gold-medal winning French women’s relay team from the Tignes 1992 Olympic Games.

"After losing my sight, I turned to my sporting activities as if I needed them to cope,” Clarion said. “Over the years, this 'need' was transformed into a pleasure, and it was from this moment that I was able to develop myself through competition."

He will be aiming to further develop in 2017 as he goes for gold at the World Championships in Finsterau, Germany.

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Acquired

Further personal information

Family
One son
Residence
Bonneville, FRA
Occupation
Physiotherapist
Languages
French

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He learned to ski in 1988 in Haute-Savoie, France.
Why this sport?
He was initially inspired to get into elite sport by the French female biathlon team that won gold in the relay at the 1992 Olympic Winter Games in Albertville. He enjoys being outside in nature, the sensation of skiing, keeping fit, and also believes the sport helps him to forget his impairment. "Adrenalin removes all fear, and I'm totally focused on my technique and skiing smoothly. Nothing else matters but living in the moment."

International debut

Year
2008
Competing for
France
Tournament
World Cup

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Winning two bronze medals at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (Athlete, 07 Mar 2018)
Most influential person in career
French Nordic combined athletes Fabrice Guy and Sylvain Guillaume. (Athlete, 07 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
French biathlete Martin Fourcade. (Athlete, 07 Mar 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"In competition there is always a first and a last. What matters is not being second of yourself." (malakoffmederic.com, Feb 2017)
Awards and honours
He was named Knight of the National Order of the Legion of Honour by the French government in 2018. He was previously named a Knight of the National Order of Merit by the French government in 2014. (nordicmag.info, 11 Apr 2018; legifrance.gouv.fr, 20 Apr 2014)
Other sports
He claimed two bronze medals in cross-country skiing at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, and has been involved in Para swimming at club level in France. (SportsDeskOnline, 16 Mar 2014; ffnatation.fr, 06 Jun 2010)
Impairment
At age 20 he lost his sight due to retinitis pigmentosa. (Athlete, 07 Mar 2014)
Other information
RETIREMENT
He retired from competitive Nordic skiing in late 2018. "The high-level ski adventure stops for me. I have decided to put an end to my practice." (Facebook page, 28 Nov 2018)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games (Vancouver, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 12.5 km Individual Visually impaired Final Round 5
Men's 3 km Pursuit Visually impaired Qualification 7
Men's 3 km Pursuit Visually impaired Final Round 8
Men's 1 km Sprint Visually impaired Qualification 15
Men's 10 km Visually impaired Final Round 9999
Men's 20 km Visually impaired Final Round 6
Men's 1x4 / 2x5 km Relay Open Final Round 6
IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships Solleftea (Solleftea, Sweden)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Long Distance - Free Style VI Final 2013-02-27 6
Men's Short Distance VI Final 2013-02-28 6
Men's Middle Distance VI Final 2013-03-01 12
Men's Long Distance VI Final 2013-03-03 13
Men's Middle Distance - Classic VI Final 2013-03-05 6
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 7.5 km Visually Impaired Final Round 2014-03-08 15
Men's 1 km Sprint Visually Impaired Qualification 2014-03-12 10
4x2.5 km Open Relay Final Round 2014-03-15 3
Men's 10 km Visually Impaired Final Round 2014-03-16 3
2015 IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships Cable (Cable, United States of America)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Short Distance VI Race 1 2015-01-24 11
Men's Long Distance - Free Style VI Race 1 2015-01-25 2
Men's Sprint - Classic VI Race 1 2015-01-28 8
Men's Middle Distance - Classic VI Race 1 2015-01-31 5
Open Relay Final 2015-02-01 1
2017 IPC Nordic skiing World Championships Finsterau, GER (Finsterau, Germany)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Sprint - Free Style VI Final 2017-02-12 3
Open Relay Final 2017-02-15 1
Men's Long Distance - Classic VI Final 2017-02-16 5
Men's Middle Distance - Free Style VI Final 2017-02-19 2
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 20km Free Visual Impaired Final 2018-03-12 3
Men's 1.5km Sprint Classic Visual Impaired Final 2018-03-14 8
Men's 10km Classic Visual Impaired Final 2018-03-17 4
4x2.5km Open Relay Final 2018-03-18 1