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SKUPIEN Witold
Sport Para athletics, Para biathlon, Para cross-country
NPC Poland   
GenderMen
Age33
Place of BirthNowy Targ, POL
Height1.87 m
Human Interest
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
Senior 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)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
19 2014 7.5km Sprint - Standing 28:26.4
16 2014 12.5km Middle - Standing 41:56.4
18 2014 15km Individual - Standing 49:43.2
11 2018 7.5km Sprint - Standing 23:57.5
Paralympic Games (Overall) - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
18 2014 1km Sprint Freestyle - Standing 4:44.46
6 2014 4 x 2.5km Relay Open 28:01.6
20 2014 10km Freestyle - Standing 30:43.8
5 2018 20km Freestyle - Standing 55:44.1
Semifinal 2018 Sprint Classic Style - Standing 4:56.4
6 2018 10km Classic Style - Standing 31:22.4
9 2018 4 x 2.5km Relay Open 26:08.4
5 2022 20km Classic Style - Standing 1:09:12.8
Qualification 2022 Sprint Freestyle - Standing 3:21.0
11 2022 12.5km Freestyle - Standing 44:17.9
6 2022 4 x 2.5km Relay Mixed 30:02.2
World Championships - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
13 2014/2015 7.5km Sprint - Standing 23:32.3
13 2014/2015 12.5km Middle - Standing 40:51.7
11 2016/2017 12.5km Middle - Standing 38:17.2
7 2016/2017 7.5km Sprint - Standing 21:13.0
World Championships - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
12 2014/2015 20km - Standing 49:49.0
17 2014/2015 1km Sprint - Standing  
5 2014/2015 4 x 2.5km Relay Open 30:20.6
2 2016/2017 1km Sprint - Standing  
7 2016/2017 4 x 2.5km Relay Open 26:38.8
6 2016/2017 20km - Standing 1:00:08.2
4 2016/2017 10km - Standing 23:10.0
7 2018/2019 10km Freestyle - Standing 31:43.8
8 2018/2019 Sprint Freestyle - Standing  
5 2018/2019 4 x 2.5km Relay Open 26:27.1
4 2018/2019 20km Classic Style - Standing 1:10:23.0
2 2021/2022 12.5km Classic Style - Standing 41:14.9
8 2021/2022 20km Freestyle - Standing 45:55.4
5 2021/2022 Sprint Classic Style - Standing  
6 2021/2022 4 x 2.5km Relay Mixed 33:03.0