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LANZINGER Matthias
Sport Alpine Skiing, Para alpine skiing
NPC Austria   
GenderMen
Age41
Place of BirthAbtenau, AUT
Height1.85 m
Weight 83 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW4
Further Personal Information
Family
Wife Eva, daughter Laura
Residence
Salzburg, AUT
Occupation
Athlete, Marketing
Languages
German
Higher education
Event Management, Sports Management - Schloss Seeburg University: Seekirchen am Wallersee, AUT
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began skiing at age three with his two older sisters, and competed in his first race at age five. Following his accident, he took up skiing with a prosthesis in 2009, and began training for competitions in 2011.
Club / Team
Sports Union Abtenau: Austria
Name of coach
Eric Digruber [national], AUT; Christian Schiefermuller [personal]
Senior International Debut
Year
2011
Competing for
Austria
General Interest
Nicknames
Lanzi (lanzi.at, 04 Feb 2013)
Hobbies
Riding motorbikes, playing football, tennis. (lanzi.at, 02 Feb 2015)
Most influential person in career
His family. (krone.at, 03 Mar 2013)
Hero / Idol
His father. (krone.at, 03 Mar 2013)
Injuries
He had surgery on the stump of his amputated leg in 2012 after it became inflamed. (salzburg24.at, 16 Nov 2012)
Awards and honours
He was named Disabled Athlete of the Year in 2013 by the Austrian Sports Journalists Association. (lanzi.at, 01 Nov 2013)
Other sports
He competed in able-bodied skiing before his accident, finishing third in super G at the 2005 World Cup event in Beaver Creek, CO, United States. (SportsDeskOnline, 06 Feb 2013; nydailynews.com, 04 Mar 2008)
Impairment
During a 2008 World Cup super G event in Kvitfjell, Norway, he crashed and broke the tibia [shinbone] and fibula in his left leg. The double fracture severely damaged blood vessels, hampering circulation to his leg. His leg was amputated below the knee because of complications that arose from the two broken bones. (nydailynews.com, 04 Mar 2008)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para alpine skiing
Rank Year Event Result
4 2014 Downhill - Standing 1:25.57
2 2014 Super-G - Standing 1:21.33 
  2014 Slalom - Standing DNS
2 2014 Super Combined - Standing 2:10.82 
  2014 Giant Slalom - Standing DNF
World Championships - Para alpine skiing
Rank Year Event Result
3 2012/2013 Downhill - Standing 1:33.80
2 2012/2013 Super-G - Standing 1:13.66
  2012/2013 Slalom - Standing  DNS
1 2012/2013 Super Combined - Standing 1:42.44
  2012/2013 Giant Slalom - Standing  DNF
2 2014/2015 Downhill - Standing 1:29.71
2 2014/2015 Super-G - Standing 1:21.55
3 2014/2015 Super Combined - Standing 1:56.96
3 2014/2015 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:04.27 
World Cup - Para alpine skiing
Rank Year Event Result
3 2012/2013 Downhill - Standing  
2 2012/2013 Slalom - Standing  
2 2012/2013 Giant Slalom - Standing  
3 2013/2014 Downhill - Standing  
3 2013/2014 Giant Slalom - Standing  
13 2013/2014 Super-G - Standing  
16 2014/2015 Slalom - Standing  
1 2014/2015 Giant Slalom - Standing