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PLANTEY Enrique
Sport Para alpine skiing
NPC Argentina   
GenderMen
Age40
Place of BirthNeuquén, ARG
Height1.68 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW11
Further Personal Information
Family
Partner Triana
Occupation
Athlete, Business Owner, Public Servant
Languages
English, Spanish
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport at age 16 in San Martin de los Andes, Argentina.
Why this sport?
He was approached by the chief of the Argentinian Para alpine skiing team, who invited him to take part in a sport clinic. "I fell in love with the mountain environment, the speed and the feeling of independence." He was inspired to take up the sport professionally after a trip to Colorado, United States of America. "There I saw more people like me, Para alpine skiing competitions, and athletes who competed at the Paralympic Games. So at age 21, it all clicked and I decided to go pro."
Name of coach
Matias O'Reilly [personal]
Senior International Debut
Year
2010
Competing for
Argentina
Location
Copper Mountain, CO, USA
General Interest
Nicknames
Enri (Facebook page, 02 Aug 2017)
Hobbies
Travelling, socialising with friends, surfing. (paradeportes.com, 01 Jun 2020; infobae.com, 16 Jul 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Finishing second at a European Cup event, and winning his first international medal at a competition in Pra Loup, France. (Athlete, 09 Mar 2018)
Most influential person in career
His mother. (lanacion.com.ar, 12 Nov 2021)
Hero / Idol
Argentinian footballer Ariel Ortega. (Athlete, 09 Mar 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I am a person who follows his instinct, and I try to be very faithful to what I want to do." (infobae.com, 16 Jul 2019)
Awards and honours
He was named flag bearer for Argentina for the opening ceremony of the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. He performed the same role at the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang. (OIS, 02 Mar 2022; pyeongchang2018.com, 09 Mar 2018)

In 2017 he received an acknowledgement from the Association for the Fight against Infantile Paralysis [ALPI] in Argentina in recognition of being a role model for people with an impairment. (clarin.com, 01 Jun 2017)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (Instagram profile, 10 Nov 2020)
Impairment
He was involved in a car accident at age 11, which resulted in paraplegia. His father Beto and brother Nicholas died in the accident when a van struck them at the side of the road. (OIS, 02 Mar 2022; lmneuquen.com, 07 Sep 2020; Athlete, 09 Mar 2018; lanacion.com.ar, 13 Sep 2015)
Other information
SEXISTIMOS
In 2020 he and his partner Triana launched an Instagram account named 'Sexistimos' [a mix of 'sex' and the Spanish term for 'we exist'] to provide information to people with impairments about having sex. They offer advice as well as host livestreams with sexologists and therapists, and are also writing a practical guide. "A lot of people are writing, 'Thank you for this space because I have a lot of questions and I don't know how to talk about them'. A lot of people have really basic questions like, 'If I want to sleep with a woman, how can I do it?' Or they mention fears about their disability. For example, 'How can I move from my wheelchair to the bed?' Simple things that we can answer based on how I do it or someone else does it." (OIS, 02 Mar 2022; paralympic.org, 25 Oct 2020; Paradeportes YouTube channel, 14 Oct 2021)

BUSINESS
He and Argentinian Para golfer Mariano Tubio founded a company named 3PI Mobility, which produces a component used to transform wheelchairs into tricycles. It works with a pedal and chain system that can be operated by hand. "Besides creating a company, what I like the most about this is the social thing, being able to do something that can really change the lives of people in wheelchairs. It changed me, now I come to work every day by bike and I don't depend on anything. It gives you freedom to move. It is very gratifying to receive messages from those who are using it, grateful and happy." (Instagram profile, 10 Nov 2020; paradeportes.com, 01 Jun 2020; lmneuquen.com, 27 Oct 2019; clarin.com, 01 Jun 2017; bienal.alpi.org.ar, 01 Jun 2017)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
19 2014 Giant Slalom - Sitting 3:05.65
  2018 Super-G - Sitting  DSQ
  2018 Super Combined - Sitting  DNF
  2018 Giant Slalom - Sitting  DNF
11 2018 Slalom - Sitting 1:59.11
  2022 Downhill - Sitting  DNF
8 2022 Super-G - Sitting 1:15.89
  2022 Super Combined - Sitting  DNF
4 2022 Giant Slalom - Sitting 2:03.14
11 2022 Slalom - Sitting 1:54.26
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
22 2016/2017 Super-G - Sitting 1:28.08
  2016/2017 Super Combined - Sitting  DSQ
  2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Sitting  DNF
15 2016/2017 Slalom - Sitting 1:47.36
7 2021/2022 Super-G - Sitting 1:13.72
8 2021/2022 Super Combined - Sitting 2:08.82
  2021/2022 Giant Slalom - Sitting  DNF
7 2021/2022 Slalom - Sitting 1:42.16
World Cup
Rank Year Event Result
24 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Sitting  
  2017/2018 Giant Slalom - Sitting  DNF
  2017/2018 Giant Slalom - Sitting  DNF
  2017/2018 Slalom - Sitting  DNF
  2017/2018 Slalom - Sitting  DSQ
20 2017/2018 Giant Slalom - Sitting 1:52.70
17 2017/2018 Slalom - Sitting 1:49.48
27 2017/2018 Giant Slalom - Sitting  
Kranjska Gora
Rank Year Event Result
  2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Sitting  DNF
13 2016/2017 Slalom - Sitting 1:49.75
  2016/2017 Slalom - Sitting  DNF
Kühtai
Rank Year Event Result
17 2016/2017 Slalom - Sitting 2:19.84
  2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Sitting  DNF
10 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Sitting 2:25.95
St. Moritz
Rank Year Event Result
10 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Sitting 1:55.93
14 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Sitting 1:52.46
  2016/2017 Slalom - Sitting  DNF
17 2016/2017 Slalom - Sitting 1:45.54