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AIGNER Johannes
Sport Para alpine skiing
NPC Austria   
GenderMen
Age17
Place of BirthNeunkirchen, AUT
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
B2
Guide
Matteo Fleischmann
Further Personal Information
Residence
Gloggnitz, AUT
Occupation
Student
Languages
German
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began skiing at about age four in Semmering, Austria.
Why this sport?
His parents' passion for alpine skiing meant he and his four siblings were introduced to the sport at an early age. "My sister was skiing so I wanted to try it too. It was fun for me."
Club / Team
WSV Semmering: Austria
Name of coach
Markus Gutenbrunner [national], AUT; Sasha Kavelar [national], AUT
General Interest
Nicknames
Hansi (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022)
Hobbies
Playing video games, music, technology, working on cars and bikes. (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning five medals [two gold, two silver, one bronze] at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (paralympic.org, 21 Apr 2022)
Most influential person in career
His parents, and guide Matteo Fleischmann. (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022)
Hero / Idol
Austrian alpine skier Marcel Hirscher. (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Diamonds only form under pressure." (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022)
Milestones
At age 16 years and 310 days he became the youngest athlete representing Austria to have won a gold medal in alpine skiing at the Paralympic Winter Games by claiming victory in the men's visually impaired downhill at the 2022 Games in Beijing. (SportsDeskOnline, 22 Sep 2022)
Famous relatives
His older sister Veronika and his twin sister Barbara have represented Austria in Para alpine skiing. At the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing, Veronika won two gold medals while Barbara claimed a silver and a bronze. His older sister Elisabeth also served as Veronika's guide at Beijing 2022. (SportsDeskOnline, 22 Sep 2022; paralympic.org, 21 Apr 2022; Athlete, 02 Mar 2022)
Impairment
He has congenital cataracts. His twin sister Barbara, his older sister Veronika, and his mother have the same condition. (thenews.com.pk, 11 Mar 2022)
Other information
SIBLINGS' PARALYMPIC MEDAL HAUL
He is one of five Aigner siblings, all of whom have competed in skiing. Johannes, his twin sister Barbara, and his sister Veronika have vision impairments like their mother Petra. His other sisters Elisabeth and Irmgard do not have vision impairments, and have both served as Veronika's guide. Between them, he and his sisters Barbara and Veronika claimed nine medals in alpine skiing at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. "It's just unbelievable because these are the first Paralympics for us all and that it happened in this way, it is just unbelievable," Johannes said. (paralympic.org, 21 Apr 2022, 27 Jun 2020; results.beijing2022.cn, 13 Mar 2022)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
1 2022 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:13.45
3 2022 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:09.74
2 2022 Super Combined - Visually Impaired 1:51.98
1 2022 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:49.34
2 2022 Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:27.10
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
2 2021/2022 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:06.05
  2021/2022 Super Combined - Visually Impaired  DNF
2 2021/2022 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:15.46
1 2021/2022 Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:28.18
1 2021/2022 Parallel - all classes