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VAVERKA Tomas
Sport Para alpine skiing, Para snowboard
NPC Czech Republic   
GenderMen
Age40
Place of BirthPrague, TCH
Height1.73 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Further Personal Information
Residence
Špindleruv Mlın, CZE
Languages
Czech, English, German
Higher education
Economics, Philosophy - University of Economics, Prague: Czech Republic
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He first tried skiing at age four.
Why this sport?
His parents wanted him to learn how to ski. He began competing in Para alpine skiing because he was unable to remain classified in Para snowboard after the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi.
Name of coach
Tomas Lisy [alpine skiing], CZE
Senior International Debut
Year
2015 [Para alpine skiing]
Competing for
Czech Republic
General Interest
Nicknames
Tom (Facebook page, 10 Feb 2015)
Hobbies
Sport, philosophy. (Athlete, 09 Mar 2022)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the Paralympic Winter Games. (Athlete, 09 Mar 2022)
Most influential person in career
Czech ice hockey player Jaromir Jagr. (Athlete, 09 Mar 2022)
Hero / Idol
Greek philosopher Socrates. (Athlete, 09 Mar 2022)
Injuries
He underwent surgery on his left shoulder joint in June 2016. (Facebook page, 25 Jun 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Go for it." (Athlete, 09 Mar 2022)
Other sports
He has represented the Czech Republic in Para snowboarding and Para alpine skiing. He placed fifth in standing snowboard cross at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, and competed in alpine skiing at the 2018 and 2022 Paralympic Winter Games. (Athlete, 09 Mar 2022; SportsDeskOnline, 10 Mar 2022; paralympic.org, 2018)
Ambitions
To achieve a top-20 finish at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (Athlete, 09 Mar 2022)
Impairment
He has cerebral palsy due to a lack of oxygen at birth. The condition affects the left side of his body. (Athlete, 09 Mar 2022, 08 Mar 2018)
Other information
SNOWBOARDING TO ALPINE SKIING
After competing in snowboarding at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, he was unable to remain classified in Para snowboard. This led him to turn his focus to Para alpine skiing ahead of the 2014/15 season. "After an unsuccessful classification, it did not make sense to try again. I did not expect any miracles [when taking up Para alpine skiing], I just wanted to experience the races first-hand." (sport.aktualne.cz, 08 Dec 2014)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para alpine skiing
Rank Year Event Result
24 2018 Downhill - Standing 1:37.83
29 2018 Super-G - Standing 1:36.22
15 2018 Super Combined - Standing 2:37.77
22 2018 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:31.78
29 2022 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:15.40
  2022 Slalom - Standing  DNF
World Championships - Para alpine skiing
Rank Year Event Result
  2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Standing  DNF
Paralympic Games - Para snowboard
Rank Year Event Result
5 2014 Snowboardcross - Standing 1:50.15