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Witold Skupien

Athletics | Nordic Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired

Further personal information

Family
Partner Wioletta
Residence
Nowy Targ, POL
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Polish

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began skiing in 2012 at age 22 in Jakuszyce, Poland.
Why this sport?
"Former Polish Para Nordic skier Marian Damian invited me to try the sport."
Club / Team
KS Obidowiec Obidowa [Nordic skiing]: Poland
Name of coach
Zofia Faron [Nordic skiing, club], POL; Wieslaw Cempa [Nordic skiing, national], POL

International debut

Year
2014
Competing for
Poland
Tournament
World Cup
Location
Vuokatti, FIN

General interest

Hobbies
Football. (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in the standing 12.5km classic event at the 2021 World Championships in Lillehammer, Norway, and claiming silver in the standing sprint freestyle event at the 2017 World Championships in Finsterau, Germany. (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022)
Most influential person in career
Coach Wojciech Suchwalko. (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022)
Hero / Idol
Norwegian cross-country skier Petter Northug. (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022)
Injuries
In January 2014 he fractured his collarbone at the World Cup event in Oberstdorf, Germany. (Facebook profile, 21 Jan 2014)

He has broken two bones in his hand during his sporting career. (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"You've got to work harder and harder to get better and better." (Athlete, 10 Mar 2014)
Other sports
He is classified as an LW5/7 athlete in Para Nordic skiing and competed in both biathlon and cross-country skiing at the Paralympic Winter Games in 2014 and 2018. He has also competed in Para cycling at national level in Poland for the VeloAktiv club. (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022; SportsDeskOnline, 02 Dec 2021; IPC, 02 Dec 2021; Facebook page, 18 Jul 2021; paralympic.org, 2016)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the Paralympic Winter Games. (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022)
Impairment
At age 11 he was electrocuted in an accident, which resulted in the loss of his right arm below the elbow and a part of his left hand. (katarzyna-rogowiec.pl, 12 Dec 2013; Athlete, 10 Mar 2014)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 7.5 km Standing Final Round 2014-03-08 19
Men's 12.5 km Standing Final Round 2014-03-11 16
Men's 1 km Sprint Standing Qualification 2014-03-12 18
Men's 15 km Standing Final Round 2014-03-14 18
4x2.5 km Open Relay Final Round 2014-03-15 6
Men's 10 km Standing Final Round 2014-03-16 20
2015 IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships Cable (Cable, United States of America)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Short Distance Standing Race 1 2015-01-24 13
Men's Long Distance - Free Style Standing Race 1 2015-01-25 12
Men's Middle Distance Standing Race 1 2015-01-27 13
Men's Sprint - Classic Standing Race 1 2015-01-28 17
Open Relay Final 2015-02-01 5
2017 IPC Nordic skiing World Championships Finsterau, GER (Finsterau, Germany)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Middle Distance Standing Final 2017-02-11 11
Men's Sprint - Free Style Standing Final 2017-02-12 2
Open Relay Final 2017-02-15 7
Men's Long Distance - Classic Standing Final 2017-02-16 6
Men's Sprint Standing Final 2017-02-18 7
Men's Middle Distance - Free Style Standing Final 2017-02-19 4
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 7.5km Standing Final 2018-03-10 11
Men's 20km Free Standing Final 2018-03-12 5
Men's 1.5km Sprint Classic Standing Final 2018-03-14 7
Men's 10km Classic Standing Final 2018-03-17 6
4x2.5km Open Relay Final 2018-03-18 9
Prince George 2019 World Para Nordic Skiing Championships (Prince George, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Middle Distance - Free Style Standing Final 2019-02-17 7
Men's Sprint - Free Style Standing Final 2019-02-18 8
Open Relay Final 2019-02-23 5
Men's Long Distance - Classic Standing Final 2019-02-24 4