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SCHMIDT Bigna
Sport Para alpine skiing, Para swimming
NPC Switzerland   
GenderWomen
Age25
Place of BirthChur, SUI
Height1.55 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Further Personal Information
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English, German, Italian
Higher education
Business Administration - University of St. Gallen: Switzerland
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up Para alpine skiing in 2000 in Davos, Switzerland.
Why this sport?
Skiing is popular in the area where she grew up, so it was natural for her to get involved in the sport.
Name of coach
Gregory Chambaz [national, alpine skiing]
General Interest
Hobbies
Reading, sports. (bignaschmidt.com, 01 Sep 2020)
Injuries
She sustained a knee injury in December 2017 which ruled her out of contention for the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (spv.ch, 11 Dec 2017; swissparalympic.ch, 01 Dec 2020)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I like to be outside in nature, and when you ski and have a lot of speed, it's the best feeling." (paralympic.org, 25 Oct 2016)
Awards and honours
She was named the 2014 Para Athlete of the Year in the canton of Grisons, Switzerland. (procapgrischun.ch, 24 Jun 2014)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (bignaschmidt.com, 01 Sep 2020)
Impairment
She was born without the radius bone in both forearms and a number of bones in her wrists due to thrombocytopenia-absent radius [TAR] syndrome. (swissparalympic.ch, 01 Mar 2021; suedostschweiz.ch, 18 Apr 2016)
Other information
CLASSIFICATION
She holds an LW5/7-3 classification in Para alpine skiing. (IPC, 17 Feb 2022)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships - Para alpine skiing
Rank Year Event Result
8 2016/2017 Downhill - Standing 1:24.24
9 2016/2017 Super-G - Standing 1:16.08
7 2016/2017 Super Combined - Standing 2:17.10
7 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:39.38
10 2016/2017 Slalom - Standing 1:57.58
4 2018/2019 Super Combined - Standing 2:10.88
6 2018/2019 Super-G - Standing 1:16.01
World Cup Final - Para alpine skiing
Rank Year Event Result
10 2016/2017 Super-G - Standing 1:48.44
8 2016/2017 Super-G - Standing 1:41.90
9 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:35.98
11 2016/2017 Slalom - Standing 2:06.09
World Cup - Para alpine skiing
Rank Year Event Result
8 2015/2016 Slalom - Standing  
9 2016/2017 Downhill - Standing  
13 2016/2017 Slalom - Standing  
5 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Standing  
10 2016/2017 Super-G - Standing  
6 2018/2019 Super-G - Standing 1:16.01
3 2018/2019 Super-G - Standing 1:22.21
4 2018/2019 Super-G - Standing 1:22.25
4 2018/2019 Super-G - Standing 1:25.82
4 2018/2019 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:14.02
  2018/2019 Giant Slalom - Standing  DNF
4 2018/2019 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:15.43
7 2018/2019 Giant Slalom - Standing 1:58.95
7 2018/2019 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:05.42
7 2018/2019 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:07.61
  2018/2019 Slalom - Standing  DNF
7 2018/2019 Slalom - Standing 2:14.62
7 2018/2019 Slalom - Standing 2:03.50
7 2018/2019 Slalom - Standing 2:08.67
6 2019/2020 Super-G - Standing 1:18.83
5 2019/2020 Super-G - Standing 1:15.52
  2019/2020 Super-G - Standing  DNF
5 2019/2020 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:18.61
3 2019/2020 Downhill - Standing 1:12.29
3 2019/2020 Downhill - Standing 1:08.52
3 2019/2020 Downhill - Standing 1:12.27
2 2019/2020 Super-G - Standing 1:21.64
3 2019/2020 Super-G - Standing 1:27.96
3 2019/2020 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:56.18
2 2019/2020 Slalom - Standing 2:43.51
3 2019/2020 Downhill - Standing  
6 2019/2020 Slalom - Standing  
2 2019/2020 Slalom - Standing 22.40
8 2019/2020 Giant Slalom - Standing  
5 2019/2020 Super-G - Standing  
8 2018/2019 Giant Slalom - Standing  
4 2018/2019 Super-G - Standing  
Kranjska Gora - Para alpine skiing
Rank Year Event Result
5 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:28.53
  2016/2017 Slalom - Standing  DNF
Kühtai - Para alpine skiing
Rank Year Event Result
6 2016/2017 Slalom - Standing 2:10.67
7 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:30.78
8 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:27.74
St. Moritz - Para alpine skiing
Rank Year Event Result
3 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Standing 1:54.01
6 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Standing 1:50.56
  2016/2017 Slalom - Standing  DNF
  2016/2017 Slalom - Standing  DNS
Innerkrems - Para alpine skiing
Rank Year Event Result
5 2016/2017 Downhill - Standing 56.18
5 2016/2017 Downhill - Standing 1:19.13
6 2016/2017 Super-G - Standing 1:28.19
5 2016/2017 Super Combined - Standing 2:27.16