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Wojciech Taraba

Alpine Skiing | Snowboard

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
SB-LL2

Further personal information

Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Polish

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para snowboard in 2012.
Why this sport?
He was involved in snowboarding prior to his accident. After his rehabilitation he took up skateboarding and mountain biking, but began to miss snowboarding. He was encouraged to return to the sport by coach Malgorzata Kelm.
Club / Team
AZS AWF Krakow: Poland
Name of coach
Malgorzata Kelm [national], POL; Zuzanna Smykala [national], POL

International debut

Year
2012
Competing for
Poland
Location
Landgraaf, NED

General interest

Nicknames
Wojtas, Wojtek, Ras (dziennikpolski24.pl, 01 Sep 2017; start.bielsko.pl, 21 Jan 2014; Facebook page, 13 Dec 2021)
Hobbies
Enduro mountain biking. (Facebook page, 13 Dec 2021; polandbusinessrun.pl, 01 Dec 2017)
Most influential person in career
Coach Malgorzata Kelm. (Athlete, 08 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
Norwegian snowboarder Terje Hakonsen. (Athlete, 08 Mar 2018)
Injuries
In March 2021 he sustained injuries to his face and leg during training. (igrzyska-zimowe.tvp.pl, 10 Mar 2021)

He required surgery on his eye socket after crashing in training at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (przegladsportowy.pl, 17 Mar 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"You have to enjoy life and have some pleasure in it. So even when the wind blows in my eyes, I try to close them, but keep moving forward." (dziennikpolski24.pl, 27 Dec 2017)
Awards and honours
He was Poland's flag bearer at the closing ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (paralympic.org, 16 Mar 2014)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (polandbusinessrun.pl, 05 Feb 2020)
Impairment
In 2004 he fractured the tibia and fibula bones in his right leg in a snowboarding accident. Four months later, his leg had to be amputated below the knee due to medical malpractice. (tvp.pl, 26 Feb 2014; skimagazyn.pl, 2014)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
He served as an instructor at the 2020 Adaptive Snow Camp in Poland. (polandbusinessrun.pl, 05 Feb 2020)

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 15
2015 IPCAS Para Snowboard World Championships La Molina (La Molina, Spain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Snowboard Cross SB-LL2 Race 1 2015-02-24 11
Men's Banked Slalom SB-LL2 Race 1 2015-02-28 11
2017 IPC Snowboard World Championships Big White, CAN (Big White, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Snowboard Cross SB-LL2 Race 1 2017-02-04 15
Men's Banked Slalom SB-LL2 Race 1 2017-02-07 17
Pyha 2019 World Para Snowboard Championships (Pyha, Finland)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Banked Slalom SB-LL2 Race 1 2019-03-27 14
Men's Snowboard Cross SB-LL2 Race 1 2019-03-30 6