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VEGA Santiago
Sport Para alpine skiing
NPC Chile   
Place of BirthSantiago, CHI
Height1.70 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Further Personal Information
Salt Lake City, UT, USA
Athlete, Paramedic, Student
English, German, Spanish
Higher education
Biomedical Science - University of Utah: Salt Lake City, UT, USA
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began skiing at age two in El Colorado, Chile.
Why this sport?
The sport is popular in his family. "I love to feel the adrenaline. It is the only sport where I feel free, where I belong."
Club / Team
National Ability Centre: Park City, UT, USA
Name of coach
Carlos Torres [national], CHI; Erik Leirfallom [personal], USA, from 2016
Training Regime
He trains with the national team at the La Parva Ski Centre in Chile. He also has training camps of three to four months in Canada, Argentina and the United States of America.
Senior International Debut
Competing for
Paralympic Games
Sochi, RUS
General Interest
Chago (Facebook profile, 09 Dec 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (Athlete, 06 Mar 2018)
Most influential person in career
His grandfather. (Athlete, 06 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
Canadian free skier and base jumper Shane McConkey, who died in 2009. (Athlete, 06 Mar 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"You have only one life, live it fully." (Athlete, 08 Mar 2014)
Awards and honours
He was flag bearer for Chile at the closing ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (, 16 Mar 2014)
He was born with agenesis in his right leg. The limb did not form fully and was later amputated below the knee. (Athlete, 06 Mar 2018;, 24 Jan 2014)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
32 2014 Slalom - Standing 2:28.63
  2014 Giant Slalom - Standing DNF
  2018 Giant Slalom - Standing  DNF
  2018 Slalom - Standing  DNF
World Cup (World Cup Final)
Rank Year Event Result
  2017/2018 Downhill - Standing  DNF
19 2017/2018 Downhill - Standing 1:27.06
  2017/2018 Super-G - Standing  DNS
  2017/2018 Super-G - Standing  DNS