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TABOURET Émilie
Sport Para biathlon, Para cross-country, Para-Cycling
NPC France   
GenderWomen
Age48
Place of BirthPontarlier, FRA
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
B1
Further Personal Information
Residence
Marseille, FRA
Languages
French
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She started skiing around the age of six with her parents in the Hauts-Doubs region of France. She did not ski much during her adolescence, but once she started university she rediscovered her passion for the sport.
Why this sport?
"I have always done a lot of sport. I adore the sensations of skiing. It allows me to express myself. Biathlon has helped me discover a lot of amazing sensations and experiences. It's a splendid discipline that demands physical and mental strength, and concentration. My visual impairment has slowed my ability to move and get around, so skiing is something that allowed me to experience sensations I otherwise could not feel, to get the blood pumping in my muscles and in my head, to feel alive and live better with my handicap without worrying about what other people think. It's a never-ending positive influence."
Club / Team
ASLAA Marseille: France
General Interest
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Sport at the highest level teaches you so much about mastering your body, your mind, dealing with stress and responsibility, while sharing the experience and working as a team. For me, the lessons I learn through sport apply to my professional work. It teaches you the value of effort, respecting others, how to deal with defeat and success, and to keep humble in all situations."
(universki.fr, 2007)
Awards and honours
In 2002 she was awarded the National Order of Merit by the French government. (universki.fr, 2007)
Other sports
She competes in both para-biathlon and cross-country skiing events. She originally competed in para-cycling [tandem] in France before skiing. (handisport.org, 18 Apr 2016; paracyclisme-handisport.fr, 30 Jun 2011; fouleedegreasque.fr, 2007)
Impairment
She has been blind since birth. (yanous.com, 2002)
Other information
OCCUPATION
She has worked as a computer engineer. (doubs.fr, 17 Oct 2009; yanous.com, 2002; fouleedegreasque.fr, 2007, fondationdefrance.org, 15 Jan 2013)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
3 2002 7.5km Individual - Visually Impaired 27:39.2
7 2006 7.5km Sprint - Visually Impaired 35:35.2
7 2006 12.5km Individual - Visually Impaired 56:59.5
Paralympic Games - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
5 2002 5km Classic Style B1 21:11.3
2 2002 10km Freestyle B1-2 38:07.9
6 2002 15km Freestyle - Visually Impaired 1:02:47.6
4 2002 3 x 2.5km Relay Open 38:57.6
5 2006 5km - Visually Impaired 18:46.5
9 2006 10km - Visually Impaired 42:23.0
12 2006 15km - Visually Impaired 1:08:55.2
4 2006 3 x 2.5km Relay Open 26:27.0
World Championships - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
3 2002/2003 12.5km Individual - Visually Impaired 1:08:37.9
2 2002/2003 7.5km Sprint - Visually Impaired 37:45.7
3 2004/2005 7.5km Sprint - Visually Impaired 35:01.8
2 2004/2005 12.5km Individual - Visually Impaired 57:55.9
World Championships - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
4 2002/2003 5km - Visually Impaired 18:37.7
9 2002/2003 15km - Visually Impaired 1:07:08.8
5 2004/2005 10km - Visually Impaired 34:49.2
7 2004/2005 15km - Visually Impaired 54:35.8