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Victor Manuel Gonzalez Fernandez

Snowboard

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
SB-LL1

Further personal information

Residence
Oviedo, ESP
Occupation
Athlete, Business Owner, Coach
Languages
English, Spanish

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began skiing at age four before switching to snowboard.
Why this sport?
His family taught him how to snowboard.
Name of coach
Manel Maestre [national, personal]
Training Regime
He trains for 35 hours a week.

General interest

Nicknames
Vic (arannau.es, 24 Oct 2016)
Hobbies
Surfing, cycling. (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022)
Memorable sporting achievement
Finishing 12th in banked slalom at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, and placing eighth in snowboard cross at the 2021 World Championships in Lillehammer, Norway. (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022)
Most influential person in career
His family. (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I think that the most important goal of a Paralympic athlete is not the victories or being the fastest. The real important thing is the message that you project with your acts, showing that human beings are awesome and that we can all achieve anything beyond the limits we set ourselves. My goal is to project that image." (as.com, 10 Apr 2019)
Awards and honours
He was flag bearer for Spain at the opening ceremony of the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (IPC Entries, 04 Mar 2022)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (rtpa.es, 06 Apr 2021)
Impairment
In February 2015 he fractured his C5 and C6 vertebrae in a snowboarding accident, and he was initially told he would have quadriplegia. However, he first managed to move his right big toe, and after six months of rehabilitation he had regained enough movement to get back on a snowboard. "Being able to move the toe at will, despite the prognosis and after so many days trying, visualising and learning to use my mind in an unusual way showed me that my rehabilitation depended only on me. I had to forget the doctors' prognosis and learn how to use my brain to find another approach." (vicgonzalez.com, 01 Aug 2015; marca.com, 16 Mar 2018; vidasinsuperables.com, 23 Feb 2018; Athlete, 02 Mar 2022)
Other information
SNOWBOARD SCHOOL
In 2000 he founded Pura Vida School, a snowboard school in Baqueira Beret, Spain. He has also run a surfing school in Asturias, Spain. (Facebook profile, 08 Dec 2020; vicgonzalez.com, 01 Aug 2015; elcomercio.es, 08 Mar 2018; sietediasalhama.com, 01 Apr 2018)

DOCUMENTARY
A documentary about his life, named 'Renascere' [Reborn], was released in 2019. (as.com, 10 Apr 2019)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Snowboard Cross SB-LL1 Final 2018-03-12 13
Men's Banked Slalom SB-LL1 Final 2018-03-16 12