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Thomas Grochar

Alpine Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
LW2

Further personal information

Residence
Klagenfurt, AUT
Occupation
Customs Officer
Languages
English, German

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began skiing at age eight at the Schleppe Alm resort in Klagenfurt, Austria.
Why this sport?
He previously played sitting football. A number of his teammates also skied, which sparked his interest in the sport. "I am sure that I would not be involved in top class sport without my disability."
Club / Team
BSG Klagenfurt: Austria
Name of coach
Markus Gutenbrunner [national], AUT

International debut

Year
2009
Competing for
Austria

General interest

Nicknames
Tom (Athlete, 03 Mar 2022)
Hobbies
Sport. (Athlete, 03 Mar 2022)
Hero / Idol
Austrian alpine skier and singer Hansi Hinterseer. (Athlete, 03 Mar 2022)
Injuries
He was affected by a number of minor injuries ahead of the 2021/22 season. (kleinezeitung.at, 29 Nov 2021)

In November 2015 he sustained an injury while training on the Pitztal Glacier in Austria. He returned to competition during the 2016/17 season. (skiverband-kaernten.at, 15 Dec 2016, 09 Nov 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"No risk, no fun." (kaerntensport.net, 04 Feb 2013)
Awards and honours
In 2016 and 2018 he received a Golden Sport Award from the Austrian Ski Association [OSV]. (skiweltcup.tv, 23 Jun 2018, 17 Dec 2016)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (salzburg.orf.at, 15 Feb 2022)
Impairment
He was born without the femur and fibula bones in his left leg. (oepc.at, 20 Feb 2018; weissensee.news, 28 May 2017)
Other information
OCCUPATION
He works as a customs officer for the Federal Ministry of Finance in Austria. (bmf.gv.at, 05 Mar 2022; Athlete, 03 Mar 2022)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships (La Molina, Spain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Super-G Standing Race 1 2013-02-21 9999
Men's Slalom Standing Race 1 2013-02-24 9999
Men's Super-Combined Standing Race 1 2013-02-25 15
Men's Giant Slalom Standing Race 1 2013-02-26 9999
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Super-G Standing Final Round 2014-03-09 9999
Men's Slalom Standing Final Round 2014-03-13 5
Men's Super Combined Standing Final Round 2014-03-14 11
Men's Giant Slalom Standing Final Round 2014-03-15 9999
2015 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships Panorama (Panorama, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Super-G Standing Race 1 2015-03-05 7
Men's Super-Combined Standing Race 1 2015-03-07 4
Men's Giant Slalom Standing Race 1 2015-03-08 12
Men's Slalom Standing Race 1 2015-03-10 9999
2017 IPC Alpine skiing World Championships Tarvisio, ITA (Tarvisio, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Super-G Standing Race 1 2017-01-26 16
Men's Super-Combined Standing Race 1 2017-01-28 13
Men's Giant Slalom Standing Race 1 2017-01-30 10
Men's Slalom Standing Race 1 2017-01-31 2
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Super-G Standing Final 2018-03-11 14
Men's Super Combined Standing Final 2018-03-13 9999
Men's Giant Slalom Standing Final 2018-03-14 9999
Men's Slalom Standing Final 2018-03-17 9999