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HETMER Patrik
Sport Para alpine skiing, Para athletics
NPC Czech Republic   
GenderMen
Age39
Place of BirthPlzen, TCH
Height1.71 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
B2
Guide
Miroslav Macala
Further Personal Information
Family
Wife Lucie, daughter Leontyna
Residence
Luhacovice, CZE
Occupation
Athlete, Teacher
Languages
Czech, English
Higher education
Geography, Physical Education - Masaryk University: Brno, CZE
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began Para alpine skiing at age three in the Sumava mountains in the Czech Republic.
Why this sport?
"My father was an athlete in skiing and orienteering. I have been skiing among the able-bodied since I was little and at age 13 I tried snowboarding, but gave it up. Before my 30th birthday, I found out that I could compete with my impairment, but it didn't apply to snowboarding. Another choice was skiing. In my case, it was also because of my best friend [and guide] Miroslav Macala, we grew up together, we lived on the same street."
Club / Team
BSC Prague: Czech Republic
Name of coach
Frantisek Dostalek, CZE, from 2013
Senior International Debut
Year
2013
Competing for
Czech Republic
Location
Innerkrems, AUT
General Interest
Nicknames
Bety (IPC, 10 Feb 2018)
Hobbies
Mountain biking, long-distance running, spending time with family. (Athlete, 21 Jan 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze in giant slalom at the 2015 World Championships in Panorama, BC, Canada, and finishing sixth in downhill at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (Athlete, 21 Jan 2019)
Most influential person in career
His parents and his grandfather. (Athlete, 13 Jun 2016)
Hero / Idol
Swiss alpine skier Didier Cuche. (IPC, 10 Feb 2018)
Injuries
In early 2021 he sustained a leg injury while training in Austria and missed the World Cup events in Saalbach, Austria, and Leogang, Austria, in February that year. (BSC Prague Facebook page, 23 Feb 2021, 29 Apr 2021; Facebook profile, 23 Mar 2021)

He required surgery on his spleen and was unable to compete at the 2019 World Championships in Slovenia and Italy. (Athlete, 21 Jan 2019)

In January 2017 he injured the Achilles tendon in his left leg while competing at the World Cup event in Innerkrems, Austria. The injury meant he missed the 2017 World Championships in Tarvisio, Italy. (IPC, 10 Feb 2018; aktualne.cz, 29 Sep 2017)

He underwent surgery on his left knee in 2003. (Athlete, 13 Jun 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Live a full life, you live only once." (Athlete, 13 Jun 2016)
Other sports
He has competed in Para athletics. He also competed in Para cycling road at the 2015 European Cup in Vratna, Slovakia. (BSC Prague Facebook page, 21 Aug 2020; Athlete, 13 Jun 2016)
Ambitions
To compete at both the summer and winter Paralympic Games. (Athlete, 21 Jan 2019)
Impairment
He has a visual field of four degrees. (Athlete, 13 Jun 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para alpine skiing
Rank Year Event Result
  2014 Super-G - Visually Impaired DNF
8 2014 Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:03.47 
7 2014 Super Combined - Visually Impaired 2:51.30
  2014 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired DNF
6 2018 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:31.21
10 2018 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:35.05
8 2018 Super Combined - Visually Impaired 2:28.71
  2018 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired  DNF
8 2018 Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:57.28
6 2022 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:17.76
10 2022 Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:54.22
World Championships - Para alpine skiing
Rank Year Event Result
6 2014/2015 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:36.08
6 2014/2015 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:27.09
  2014/2015 Super Combined - Visually Impaired  DSQ
3 2014/2015 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:11.71
6 2014/2015 Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:05.33
World Cup - Para alpine skiing
Rank Year Event Result
7 2015/2016 Slalom - Visually Impaired  
6 2015/2016 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired  
8 2016/2017 Downhill - Visually Impaired  
10 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired  
8 2017/2018 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:23.15
8 2017/2018 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:34.47
12 2017/2018 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired  
Kühtai - Para alpine skiing
Rank Year Event Result
  2016/2017 Slalom - Visually Impaired  DNF
7 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:22.06
9 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:13.92
St. Moritz - Para alpine skiing
Rank Year Event Result
  2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired  DNF
6 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:42.34
Innerkrems - Para alpine skiing
Rank Year Event Result
4 2016/2017 Downhill - Visually Impaired 47.55
  2016/2017 Downhill - Visually Impaired  DNF