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KRESS Leander
Sport Para alpine skiing
NPC Germany   
GenderMen
Age19
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW2
Further Personal Information
Residence
Friedberg, GER
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English, German
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began skiing at age eight.
Why this sport?
His parents took him skiing because it was good for his health.
General Interest
Hobbies
Kayaking. (augsburger-allgemeine.de, 28 Dec 2017)
Hero / Idol
German Para alpine skier Alexander Spitz. (zdf.de, 14 Mar 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Don't believe in your dream. Make it possible." (Facebook page, 20 Mar 2016)
Awards and honours
He was named the 2017 Para Athlete of the Year in Friedberg, Germany. (paar-anzeiger.de, 10 Apr 2018)

He was named the 2013 Youth Para Sportsman of the Year by the Bavarian Canoe Association in Germany. (kanu-schwaben-augsburg.de, 01 Apr 2014; b4bschwaben.de, 12 Mar 2014)
Other sports
He has competed in Para canoe sprint at regional level in Germany, participating at the 2017 Bavarian Championships. (bvs-bayern.com, 03 Jul 2017; kanu-schwaben-augsburg.de, 27 Jun 2015)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (augsburger-allgemeine.de, 25 Feb 2018)
Impairment
At age seven his right leg was amputated above the knee because of bone cancer. (zdf.de, 14 Mar 2015)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Cup (Zagreb)
Rank Year Event Result
9 2018/2019 Slalom - Standing 2:25.93
7 2018/2019 Slalom - Standing 2:23.29
16 2018/2019 Giant Slalom - Standing 1:55.40
13 2018/2019 Giant Slalom - Standing 1:57.79
15 2018/2019 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:00.98
  2018/2019 Slalom - Standing  DNF
  2018/2019 Slalom - Standing  DNS
  2018/2019 Slalom - Standing  DNF
12 2018/2019 Slalom - Standing 2:02.71