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RAOUX Thierry
Sport Para biathlon, Para cross-country
NPC France   
GenderMen
Age51
Place of BirthPierrelatte, FRA
Height1.73 m
Weight 61 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW10
Further Personal Information
Family
Wife Cecilia
Residence
France
Occupation
Information Technology
Languages
English, French, Greek, Italian, Spanish
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began para-biathlon in 2005.
Why this sport?
"I was a mountain guide before my accident. So I looked for an endurance winter sport. And as I'm quite good at shooting, I found it very natural to practise biathlon."
Club / Team
Les Trolls Ski Nordique Association: France
Senior International Debut
Year
2005
Competing for
France
Tournament
World Cup
Location
Val di Fiemme, ITA
General Interest
Nicknames
Titi (montdauphin-vauban.fr, 02 Nov 2009)
Hobbies
Handcycling on mountain routes, reading, going to the cinema, making websites. (Athlete, 14 Jun 2011)
Memorable sporting achievement
Qualifying for and then competing at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver. (Athlete, 14 Jun 2011)
Most influential person in career
Former coach Steph Passeron. (Athlete, 14 Jun 2011)
Hero / Idol
French biathlete Martin Fourcade. (Athlete, 14 Jun 2011)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (Athlete, 14 Jun 2011)
Other information
IMPAIRMENT ORIGIN
In November 2004, while guiding a group of hikers through the French southern Alps, falling rocks struck him and broke his back, resulting in paraplegia. He spent nine months in hospital. (objectif-vancouver-2010.fr, 15 Mar 2010)

CLUB PRESIDENT
He is president of Les Trolls Ski Nordique Association, Section Handisport. (vercorshandisport.org, 03 Mar 2012)

BACKGROUND
He grew up in the Ardeche region of France [south of Saint Etienne] and treasures memories of swimming competitions in summer, and hiking and cross country skiing in winter. As a young man he climbed Mont Blanc, and completed his military service with the Chasseurs Alpins [mountain corps]. He lived for three years in Argentina, working as a chef, where he met his wife Cecilia. At 29, missing his home mountains, he returned to France to work as a mountain guide until his accident in 2004. After his accident, the trekking agency he worked for helped him retrain as a webmaster in order to continue his employment. (objectif-vancouver-2010.fr, 15 Mar 2010)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
16 2010 2.4km Pursuit - Sitting  
20 2010 12.5km Individual - Sitting 1:00:54.9
Paralympic Games - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
  2010 15km - Sitting  DNS
32 2010 10km - Sitting 38:40.7
33 2010 1km Sprint - Sitting  
World Championships - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
16 2010/2011 2.4km Pursuit - Sitting 12:59.0
16 2010/2011 7.5km Sprint - Sitting 28:29.5
17 2010/2011 12.5km Individual - Sitting 48:37.4
World Championships - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
21 2010/2011 10km - Sitting 29:23.0
19 2010/2011 1km Sprint - Sitting