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Jon Santacana

Yon Santacana Maiztegui

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Jon Santacana Maiztegui is a visually impaired skier who, with guide Miguel Galindo, is one of the best, but possibly most unlucky, performers in the men’s field.

Before Vancouver 2010, Santacana suffered a knee injury which very nearly ruled him out of his second Paralympic Games. However, he was determined to travel to Canada for what turned out to be a successful trip, winning downhill gold and a further two silver medals.

The following seasons proved to fruitful and injury free, with Santacana Maiztegui winning three world titles at 2011 World Championships. Then in 2013 at his home World Championships he won three gold medals in the downhill, giant slalom and super-G events.

But disaster was to strike once again in the year before a Paralympic Games, as Santacana Maiztegui tore his Achilles tendon, putting him out of action for six months.

And so the comeback King returned at the very last opportunity for the 2013-14 IPC Alpine Skiing World Cup Finals just weeks before the start of Sochi 2014. He went on to retain his Paralympic title.

In 2015, Santacana Maiztegui proved he is still amongst the best with one silver and two bronze medals.

In the following season, he took third in the slalom and giant slalom World Cup, finishing fifth in the overall men's visually impaired standings.

Off the slopes, Santacana is a keen surfer and mountain biker and he will be hoping to glide down the slopes in a similarly flawless fashion at the 2017 World Para Alpine Skiing Championships in Tarivsio, Italy.

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Classification
B2
Guide
Miguel Galindo

Further personal information

Residence
San Sebastián, ESP
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Spanish
Higher education
Physiotherapy - National Physical Education Institute of Catalonia: Barcelona, ESP

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began skiing in 1990.

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the downhill event at the Paralympic Winter Games in 2010 and 2014. (sesalen.es, 31 Oct 2018)
Injuries
In 2015 he began suffering from a chronic injury in his back that continues to cause him pain. (noticiasdegipuzkoa.com, 14 Jan 2018)

In September 2013 he ruptured his Achilles tendon and could not return to training until January 2014. (marca.com, 17 Jan 2014)

In September 2012 he injured his leg and was unable to ski for three months. (paralympic.org, 12 Feb 2013)

He fractured the tibia and fibula bones in his lower leg two months before the 2006 Paralympic Winter Games in Turin. (noticiasdegipuzkoa.com, 14 Jan 2018)
Awards and honours
In 2018 he received the GaituzSport Award from the Basque Country government in Bilbao, Spain. GaituzSport is a social innovation project that aims to promote social integration for people with an impairment. (irekia.euskadi.eus, 03 May 2018)

He was named the 2014 Sportsman of the Year by the Sports Press Association of Guipuzcoa, Spain. (parasport-news.com, 30 Dec 2014)

He received the Royal Order Gold Medal for Sports Excellence from Spain's Minister of Sport in 2014. (paralympic.org, 02 Dec 2014)

He was flag bearer for Spain at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (paralympic.org, 07 Mar 2014)

He was named the International Paralympic Committee [IPC] Athlete of the Month for January 2011 in recognition of his performances at the 2011 World Championships in Sestriere, Italy. He won three gold medals and two silver medals at the event. (paralympic.org, 2012)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2019 World Championships in Slovenia and Italy. (20minutos.es, 03 May 2018)
Impairment
He has 5% vision as the result of Stargardt disease. The condition causes progressive vision loss. (abc.es, 27 Jan 2017)
Other information
RETIREMENT PLANS
He intends to retire from the sport after competing at the 2019 World Championships in Slovenia and Italy. "It gives you vertigo because you have invested a large part of your life in something and spent a lot of time living in a bubble of objectives and challenges, isolated from society in your work and training. But I've always set goals and I've achieved them in sports, so why not do it in life?" (20minutos.es, 03 May 2018)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games (Vancouver, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Giant Slalom Visually impaired Final Round 2
Men's Super Combined Visually impaired Final Round 9999
Men's Super-G Visually impaired Final Round 5
Men's Downhill Visually impaired Final Round 1
Men's Slalom Visually impaired Final Round 2
IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships (Kangwonland, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Super-Combined VI Final 2009-02-23 1
Men's Super-G VI Final 2009-02-23 2
Men's Super-G VI Run 2 2009-02-24 2
Men's Downhill VI Final 2009-02-28 2
2011 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships (Sestriere, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill VI Final 2011-01-16 2
Men's Super-G VI Final 2011-01-18 1
Men's Super-Combined VI Final 2011-01-19 1
Men's Slalom VI Final 2011-01-20 2
Men's Giant Slalom VI Final 2011-01-21 1
Mixed Team Event VI/Sitting/Standing Final 2011-01-23 8
IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships (La Molina, Spain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill VI Race 1 2013-02-20 1
Men's Super-G VI Race 1 2013-02-21 1
Men's Slalom VI Race 1 2013-02-24 9999
Men's Super-Combined VI Race 1 2013-02-25 9999
Men's Giant Slalom VI Race 1 2013-02-26 1
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill Visually Impaired Final Round 2014-03-08 1
Men's Super-G Visually Impaired Final Round 2014-03-09 4
Men's Slalom Visually Impaired Final Round 2014-03-13 2
Men's Super Combined Visually Impaired Final Round 2014-03-14 9999
Men's Giant Slalom Visually Impaired Final Round 2014-03-15 4
2015 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships Panorama (Panorama, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill VI Race 1 2015-03-04 9999
Men's Super-G VI Race 1 2015-03-05 4
Men's Super-Combined VI Race 1 2015-03-07 3
Men's Giant Slalom VI Race 1 2015-03-08 2
Men's Slalom VI Race 1 2015-03-10 3
2017 IPC Alpine skiing World Championships Tarvisio, ITA (Tarvisio, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill VI Race 1 2017-01-25 2
Men's Super-G VI Race 1 2017-01-26 9999
Men's Super-Combined VI Race 1 2017-01-28 4
Men's Giant Slalom VI Race 1 2017-01-30 3
Men's Slalom VI Race 1 2017-01-31 2
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill Visually Impaired Final 2018-03-10 4
Men's Super-G Visually Impaired Final 2018-03-11 4
Men's Super Combined Visually Impaired Final 2018-03-13 2
Men's Giant Slalom Visually Impaired Final 2018-03-14 7
Men's Slalom Visually Impaired Final 2018-03-17 9999
Kranjska Gora/Sella Nevea 2019 World Para Alpine Skiing Championships (Kranjska Gora/Sella Nevea, Slovenia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Giant Slalom VI Race 1 2019-01-21 5
Men's Slalom VI Race 1 2019-01-23 9999