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BETTEGA Georges
Sport Para biathlon, Para cross-country
NPC France   
GenderMen
Age58
Place of BirthNantua, FRA
Height1.74 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Further Personal Information
Family
Three children, Francois, Paul and Elsa.
Languages
French
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began competing in biathlon and cross country skiing in 2005. Prior to skiing, he competed in swimming at multiple Paralympic Games.
Why this sport?
He says he began cross country skiing "somewhat by accident." After many years away from elite sport due to his medical career, he began searching for a hand bike to get back into high physical activity. He met [French cross country skiing icon] Claude Terraz, who suggested he try cross country skiing.
General Interest
Other sports
He won six medals in swimming at the 1980 and 1984 Paralympic Games. (alpes.france3.fr, 14 Mar 2010)
Impairment
He contracted polio at three months old, resulting in the loss of use of his legs. As a young child he first got into sports through swimming as part of a rehabilitation programme. (2012.edf-group.net, 12 Jun 2009)
Other information
PARALYMPIC VETERAN & SURGEON
After competing at the 1984 Paralympic Games in Stoke-Mandeville, England, he took time off from elite sport. The large amount of time required to train for elite sports, coupled with the dedication required for medical studies - and later specialist surgery training - were the reasons for the break. He returned to elite competition in 2005 with biathlon and cross country skiing. (France2.fr, 03 Mar 2010)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
13 2010 2.4km Pursuit - Sitting  
15 2010 12.5km Individual - Sitting 47:49.1
Paralympic Games - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
24 2010 15km - Sitting 47:13.4
11 2010 10km - Sitting 29:41.2
6 2010 1 x 4 + 2 x 5km Relay Open 42:10.8
19 2010 1km Sprint - Sitting  
World Championships - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
12 2008/2009 3km Pursuit - Sitting  
12 2008/2009 12.5km Individual - Sitting 48:38.8
World Championships - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
11 2008/2009 15km - Sitting LW10-12 51:37.4
6 2008/2009 1 x 4 + 2 x 5km Relay Open 48:52.6
  2008/2009 10km - Sitting LW10-12  DNS
15 2008/2009 1km Sprint - LW10-12