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Zdenek Safranek

Para Ice Hockey

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired

Further personal information

Family
Partner Katerina, two daughters, one son
Residence
Podebrady, CZE
Languages
Czech, English, Slovak

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2006 in Kolin, Czech Republic.
Why this sport?
His doctor encouraged him to try the sport. "For me it's the most heartfelt thing. Hockey fulfilled my life."
Club / Team
SHK LAPP Zlin: Czech Republic
Name of coach
Tomas Sedlacek [club], CZE; Jiri Briza [national], CZE
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Forward

International debut

Year
2007
Competing for
Czech Republic
Tournament
European Championships
Location
Pinerolo, ITA

General interest

Nicknames
Safi, Zdenda (Facebook profile, 27 Sep 2017; caths.cz, 16 Feb 2014)
Hobbies
Boxing, handcycling, swimming, quad biking, skiing. (proboxing.cz, 30 Jan 2017)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver. (Athlete, 08 Mar 2018)
Most influential person in career
Czech Para athlete Martin Nemec, US boxer Muhammad Ali. (Athlete, 08 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
US boxer Muhammad Ali, German Formula One driver Michael Schumacher. (Athlete, 08 Mar 2018)
Injuries
He underwent surgery in November 2014, returning to training two months later. (rozhlas.cz, 21 Feb 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Veni, vidi, vici [I came, I saw, I conquered]." (Instagram profile, 13 Dec 2018)
Other sports
He has won national titles in handcycling and Para boxing. (proboxing.cz, 06 Jan 2017)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2019 World Championships in Ostrava, Czech Republic. (Athlete, 24 Jan 2019)
Impairment
He sustained spinal cord injuries after a heavy load of iron fell on him in an accident at work in 2003. (Athlete, 08 Mar 2018; rozhlas.cz, 21 Feb 2015)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games (Vancouver, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Mixed Group A 2
Mixed Group A 3
Mixed Group A 6
Mixed Classification 5-8 201
Mixed Classification 5-6 101
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Mixed Group A 2014-03-08 1
Mixed Group A 2014-03-09 3
Mixed Group A 2014-03-11 6
Mixed Group A - Standings 2014-03-11 3
Mixed Classification 5-6 2014-03-12 202
Mixed Classification 5-8 2014-03-14 101
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Mixed Tournament Group B 2018-03-11 3
Mixed Tournament Group B 2018-03-12 4
Mixed Tournament Group B 2018-03-13 6
Mixed Tournament Group B - Standings 2018-03-13 3
Mixed Tournament Classification 5-8 2018-03-14 1
Mixed Tournament Classification 5-6 2018-03-16 1