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COMBALUZIER Katherine
Sport Para alpine skiing
NPC Canada   
GenderWomen
Age28
Place of BirthToronto, CAN
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW12-2
Further Personal Information
Family
Partner Adam
Languages
English, French
Higher education
Kinesiology - Queen's University: Kingston, ON, CAN
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began skiing at age two in Collingwood, ON, Canada. She started sit-skiing in 2019.
Why this sport?
"I grew up skiing and it was my favourite thing in the world. After my skiing accident I immediately recognised I now had the chance to ski in a different way, so I set myself the goal of representing my country at the winter Paralympics."
Club / Team
Craigleith Ski Club: Collingwood, ON, CAN
Name of coach
Mark Newton, CAN
General Interest
Nicknames
Combo, Katie (Athlete, 27 Feb 2022; ici.radio-canada.ca, 21 Mar 2018)
Hobbies
Rock climbing, hiking. Athlete, 27 Feb 2022)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning three medals at the 2021 World Championships in Lillehammer, Norway. (Athlete, 27 Feb 2022)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Climb the mountain not so the world can see you, but so you can see the world." (Twitter profile, 01 Jan 2021)
Impairment
In 2018, at age 24, she suffered serious injuries, including a fractured spine, after she and a German man were caught in an avalanche while skiing in Grenoble, France. The German man died in the avalanche, which threw her into a post, causing the injuries to her back. Doctors inserted a titanium plate to fuse three of her vertebrae. She was initially paralysed below the waist, but has since been able to walk again with the assistance of crutches. (ici.radio-canada.ca, 21 Mar 2018)
Other information
FURTHER EDUCATION
After completing a bachelor's degree in kinesiology at Queen's University in Kingston, ON, Canada, she began studying medicine at University College Dublin in Ireland. She was in her first year of study in Dublin when she acquired her impairment. She plans to become a doctor. (Athlete, 27 Feb 2022; Instagram profile, 08 Oct 2021; Craigleith Ski Club Facebook page, 22 Mar 2018)

ON THE MOVE
She lives out of a converted van. "I live all over western Canada." (Athlete, 27 Feb 2022)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
  2022 Downhill - Sitting  DNF
  2022 Super-G - Sitting  DNF
  2022 Super Combined - Sitting  DNF
8 2022 Giant Slalom - Sitting 2:28.27
7 2022 Slalom - Sitting 2:16.38
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
3 2021/2022 Downhill - Sitting 1:38.95
  2021/2022 Super-G - Sitting  DNF
2 2021/2022 Super Combined - Sitting 2:47.84
2 2021/2022 Giant Slalom - Sitting 3:10.97
4 2021/2022 Slalom - Sitting 2:15.92