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SZCZESNY Andrzej
Sport Para alpine skiing
NPC Poland   
GenderMen
Age39
Place of BirthSanok, POL
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW2
Further Personal Information
Residence
Sieniawa, POL
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Polish
Higher education
Trade - Electrician - Vocational School for the Disabled: Busko-Zdrój, POL
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began Para alpine skiing at age 16.
Why this sport?
He joined a sports club for people with impairments at high school. He first tried volleyball, but was encouraged by the club president to try skiing at a winter camp. Despite not enjoying the sport at first, he was encouraged to continue and decided to pursue the sport.
Club / Team
START Bielsko Biala: Poland
Name of coach
Michal Klusak [national], POL
Senior International Debut
Year
2000
Competing for
Poland
Location
Austria
General Interest
Nicknames
Andy (Facebook page, 17 Nov 2016)
Injuries
He fractured the tibia [shinbone] in his left leg during a slalom training session in November 2016. He underwent surgery in Austria and was ruled out of competing in the 2016/17 season, eventually returning to competition during the 2019/20 season. (Facebook page, 17 Nov 2016; tvp.pl, 07 Feb 2020)

He broke his left leg while slalom training shortly before the start of the 2006 Paralympic Winter Games in Turin. (VANOC, 12 Feb 2010)
Awards and honours
He was named Poland's flag bearer for the opening ceremony of the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (IPC Entries, 04 Mar 2022)
Other sports
He has competed in Para cycling at national level in Poland. (sts-timing.pl, 19 Sep 2020)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing, and to win a Paralympic medal. (tvp.pl, 07 Feb 2020)
Impairment
His right leg was amputated in 1992 at age 10 due to bone cancer. (VANOC, 12 Feb 2010; natemat.pl, 03 Feb 2013)
Other information
TELEVISION APPEARANCE
In 2015 he won the Polish version of the reality television show 'Celebrity Splash', where participants compete in the sport of diving. He donated half of his 25,000 Euros prize money to help support a child born without hands or legs. "I participated [in the show] to show that being a person with an impairment you can do many great things. I made it. I did my best and people appreciated it." (telemagazyn.pl, 26 Apr 2015; pomponik.pl, 15 May 2015; festiwalsilymarzen.pl, 2015)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
26 2010 Slalom - Standing 1:58.34
25 2010 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:45.38
30 2010 Super-G - Standing 1:35.12
15 2010 Super Combined - Standing 2:26.39
  2014 Super-G - Standing DNF
10 2014 Slalom - Standing 1:50.35
  2014 Super Combined - Standing DNF
22 2014 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:52.13
23 2022 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:09.86
  2022 Slalom - Standing  DNF
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
  2003/2004 Super-G LW2  DNF
5 2003/2004 Giant Slalom LW2 2:22.14
11 2003/2004 Slalom LW2 2:02.49
13 2008/2009 Slalom - Standing 1:52.48
  2008/2009 Giant Slalom - Standing  DNQ
35 2008/2009 Super-G - Standing 1:13.35
  2008/2009 Super Combined - Standing  DNS
7 2012/2013 Slalom - Standing 2:06.29
19 2012/2013 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:29.59
17 2014/2015 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:15.14 
11 2014/2015 Slalom - Standing 1:57.26 
  2021/2022 Super-G - Standing  DNF
  2021/2022 Super Combined - Standing  DNF
29 2021/2022 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:36.38
20 2021/2022 Slalom - Standing 1:44.53
World Cup
Rank Year Event Result
20 2012/2013 Slalom - Standing  
16 2013/2014 Slalom - Standing  
33 2013/2014 Giant Slalom - Standing