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Tzipora Bloomberg

Alpine Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW12-1

Further personal information

Languages
English, Hebrew

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began Para alpine skiing in 2013 on Mount Hermon with the Erez Foundation.
Why this sport?
"I went water skiing on the Sea of Galilee [Israel] and I really flew over it. I decided I wanted to try snow skiing as well. I never dreamed of being an athlete, but I did grow up at home with an awareness of sports and a healthy lifestyle."
Club / Team
Erez Foundation: Israel
Training Regime
In the northern hemisphere winters of 2019/20 and 2020/21 she spent December to April training five days a week in Winter Park, CO, United States of America.

General interest

Nicknames
Tzipi, Tzippy (one.co.il, 22 Feb 2017; Facebook profile, 22 Sep 2014)
Hobbies
Tennis. (makorrishon.co.il, 07 Apr 2021)
Injuries
In December 2020 she broke her hip. (makorrishon.co.il, 07 Apr 2021)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (makorrishon.co.il, 07 Apr 2021)
Impairment
She has paralysis after she was involved in a shooting attack in 2001. Her mother was killed in the incident. (makorrishon.co.il, 07 Apr 2021; inn.co.il, 20 May 2002)
Other information
INCIDENT MEMORIES
At age 14 she and her family were attacked by men with guns while driving. Her mother died in the incident, while Tzipora sustained injuries that led to her impairment. "At one point I got out of the car, lay on the floor outside and waited for MDA [ambulance service] to arrive. I remember thinking that if it did not happen there was a chance I would die, but I still believed it would not happen. I was very young and looking at things from a girl's point of view, I did not really understand the meaning, that what was happening now was going to affect me for the rest of my life. I thought I would be in the hospital for a few days and they would come and visit me from school and that's it. It's funny to think that even in such critical moments all sorts of ordinary everyday thoughts go through your mind. I [still] suffer from severe physical pain and sometimes I have very difficult days. I deal with it but have to deal with it all the time and sometimes it can really break me, it is the hardest thing for me. It is also a very strange feeling. For more than half a lifetime I have been in a wheelchair and without my mother. On the other hand, I do something I really like [skiing] and I have somewhere to strive." (makorrishon.co.il, 07 Apr 2021)