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Tomas Vaverka

Alpine Skiing | Snowboard

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
Congenital

Further personal information

Residence
Špindleruv Mlýn, CZE
Languages
Czech, English, German
Higher education
Economics, Philosophy - University of Economics, Prague: Czech Republic

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He first tried skiing at age four.
Why this sport?
His parents wanted him to learn how to ski. He began competing in Para alpine skiing because he was unable to remain classified in Para snowboard after the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi.
Name of coach
Tomas Lisy [alpine skiing], CZE

International debut

Year
2015 [Para alpine skiing]
Competing for
Czech Republic

General interest

Nicknames
Tom (Facebook page, 10 Feb 2015)
Hobbies
Sport, philosophy. (Athlete, 09 Mar 2022)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the Paralympic Winter Games. (Athlete, 09 Mar 2022)
Most influential person in career
Czech ice hockey player Jaromir Jagr. (Athlete, 09 Mar 2022)
Hero / Idol
Greek philosopher Socrates. (Athlete, 09 Mar 2022)
Injuries
He underwent surgery on his left shoulder joint in June 2016. (Facebook page, 25 Jun 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Go for it." (Athlete, 09 Mar 2022)
Other sports
He has represented the Czech Republic in Para snowboarding and Para alpine skiing. He placed fifth in standing snowboard cross at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, and competed in alpine skiing at the 2018 and 2022 Paralympic Winter Games. (Athlete, 09 Mar 2022; SportsDeskOnline, 10 Mar 2022; paralympic.org, 2018)
Ambitions
To achieve a top-20 finish at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (Athlete, 09 Mar 2022)
Impairment
He has cerebral palsy due to a lack of oxygen at birth. The condition affects the left side of his body. (Athlete, 09 Mar 2022, 08 Mar 2018)
Other information
SNOWBOARDING TO ALPINE SKIING
After competing in snowboarding at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, he was unable to remain classified in Para snowboard. This led him to turn his focus to Para alpine skiing ahead of the 2014/15 season. "After an unsuccessful classification, it did not make sense to try again. I did not expect any miracles [when taking up Para alpine skiing], I just wanted to experience the races first-hand." (sport.aktualne.cz, 08 Dec 2014)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Para Snowboard Cross Standing Final Round 2014-03-14 5
2017 IPC Alpine skiing World Championships Tarvisio, ITA (Tarvisio, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Giant Slalom Standing Race 1 2017-01-30 9999
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill Standing Final 2018-03-10 24
Men's Super-G Standing Final 2018-03-11 29
Men's Super Combined Standing Final 2018-03-13 15
Men's Giant Slalom Standing Final 2018-03-14 22