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VERBLIUGEVICIUS Karolis
Sport Para alpine skiing
NPC Lithuania   
GenderMen
Age45
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
B1
Guide
Vytenis Makauskas
Further Personal Information
Family
Wife Guoda Verbliugeviciene, daughter Raminta and a son
Residence
Vilnius, LTU
Occupation
Athlete, Businessperson, Motivational Speaker
Languages
Lithuanian
Higher education
Management - Vilnius University Business School: Lithuania
Sport Specific Information
Why this sport?
"Sport motivates me, gives me strength. I like that a lot of skiing depends on my movements and technique. I am happy to be able to do extreme sports, because that is what inspires me. In addition to downhill skiing, I have also tried water skiing, windsurfing and wakeboarding, which I still do regularly during the summer."
Name of coach
Vytenis Makauskas, LTU, from 2019
General Interest
Hobbies
Playing tennis. (Blind Tennis Lithuania Facebook page, 13 Jul 2021)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (lrt.lt, 14 Jan 2022)
Impairment
At age 19 he lost his vision due to head injuries that he suffered in a car accident. (Facebook profile, 27 Oct 2020; lrt.lt, 31 Jan 2020)
Other information
AIMING FOR THE PARALYMPIC GAMES
In 2019 he met coach Vytenis Makauskas, who was teaching his daughter, Raminta, how to ski. Several years earlier, he had discussed competing at the Paralympic Winter Games with Paul Kalvelis, secretary of the National Paralympic Committee in Lithuania, but did not pursue the idea. After meeting Makauskas, he was inspired to return to his idea and asked the coach to help him train for the 2022 Games in Beijing. "We started talking to Vytenis and mentioned that although I can't see, I can still ski in the mountains by myself. Vytenis then recounted how he attended special courses in New Zealand and worked with people with various disabilities. I told him about the idea to participate in the Paralympic Winter Games, and all that was needed was a coach and guide." (lrt.lt, 31 Jan 2020)

OCCUPATION
In 2004 he founded a therapeutic massage business for visually impaired massage therapists. He has also worked as a motivational speaker. (Facebook profile, 27 Oct 2020; Masazo Ekspertai Instagram profile, 13 Sep 2017)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
  2021/2022 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired  DNF
  2021/2022 Slalom - Visually Impaired  DNF