Thomas Baptiste Clarion
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.
Further personal information
Sport specific information
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)
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Men's Sprint - Free Style VI||Final||2017-02-12||3|
|Men's Long Distance - Classic VI||Final||2017-02-16||5|
|Men's Middle Distance - Free Style VI||Final||2017-02-19||2|
|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|