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KUNZ Christoph
Sport Para alpine skiing
NPC Switzerland   
GenderMen
Age40
Height1.76 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW10-1
Further Personal Information
Family
Wife Stephanie, son Elio [2013], daughter Livia [2015], twins Nino and Noah [2017]
Residence
Reichenbach, SUI
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, French, German
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He first tried skiing as a child in Switzerland, and began training regularly at age 13. He returned to the sport through mono-skiing after his accident in 2000, and entered his first race during the 2002/03 season.
Name of coach
Gregory Chambaz [national]
Senior International Debut
Year
2002
Competing for
Switzerland
Location
Austria
General Interest
Hobbies
Travelling with his family. (paralympic.org, 11 Mar 2017)
Most influential person in career
His wife Stephanie, and coach Stefan Grunder. (Athlete, 08 Mar 2014)
Injuries
He sustained a triple fracture to his right foot after crashing while competing in super G at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. He was able to continue competing at the Games because he does not have any feeling in his lower limbs. (christophkunz.ch, 21 Mar 2018; rts.ch, 15 Mar 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Give your best, even when the situation is difficult." (IPC, 10 Feb 2018)
Awards and honours
In 2014 he received a special achievement award from the Swiss Paralympic Committee. (swissparalympic.ch, 24 Oct 2014)

He was flag bearer for Switzerland at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (paralympic.org, 07 Mar 2014)

He was named the 2010 Swiss Disabled Sportsman of the Year. (IPC, 10 Feb 2018)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2019 World Championships in Slovenia and Italy. (christophkunz.ch, 21 Mar 2018)
Impairment
He has paraplegia as the result of a motorcycle accident in 2000. (IPC, 10 Feb 2018)
Other information
GOLDEN MILESTONE
His gold medal win at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi was Switzerland's 50th gold medal at a Paralympic Winter Games. (sochi2014.com, 15 Mar 2014)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
1 2010 Downhill - Sitting 1:18.19
  2010 Slalom - Sitting  DNF
2 2010 Giant Slalom - Sitting 2:40.35
  2010 Super-G - Sitting  DNF
9 2014 Downhill - Sitting 1:27.10
  2014 Super-G - Sitting DNF
  2014 Slalom - Sitting DNS
  2014 Super Combined - Sitting DNF
1 2014 Giant Slalom - Sitting 2:32.73 
  2018 Downhill - Sitting  DNF
  2018 Super-G - Sitting  DNF
10 2018 Super Combined - Sitting 2:22.14
6 2018 Giant Slalom - Sitting 2:18.16
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
8 2003/2004 Giant Slalom LW10 2:41.63
5 2003/2004 Slalom LW10 1:45.80
5 2008/2009 Downhill - Sitting 1:50.68
  2008/2009 Slalom - Sitting  DNF
  2008/2009 Giant Slalom - Sitting  DNQ
6 2008/2009 Super-G - Sitting 1:02.20
14 2008/2009 Super Combined - Sitting 2:03.67
  2010/2011 Downhill - Sitting  DNF
7 2010/2011 Super-G - Sitting 1:22.10
  2010/2011 Super Combined - Sitting  DNF
3 2010/2011 Giant Slalom - Sitting 2:16.11
  2012/2013 Downhill - Sitting  DNF
  2012/2013 Super-G - Sitting  DNF
  2012/2013 Slalom - Sitting  DNF
  2012/2013 Super Combined - Sitting  DNF
3 2012/2013 Giant Slalom - Sitting 2:20.26
  2014/2015 Downhill - Sitting  DNF
8 2014/2015 Super-G - Sitting 1:22.86
5 2014/2015 Giant Slalom - Sitting 2:05.92 
4 2016/2017 Downhill - Sitting 1:13.83
1 2016/2017 Super-G - Sitting 1:04.35
4 2016/2017 Super Combined - Sitting 1:53.09
  2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Sitting  DNF
  2016/2017 Slalom - Sitting  DNF
5 2018/2019 Giant Slalom - Sitting 2:16.41
  2018/2019 Super Combined - Sitting  DNS
9 2018/2019 Super-G - Sitting 1:07.99
World Cup Final
Rank Year Event Result
  2015/2016 Giant Slalom - Sitting  DSQ
6 2015/2016 Giant Slalom - Sitting 1:49.99
  2015/2016 Slalom - Sitting  DNF
  2015/2016 Downhill - Sitting  DNS
3 2015/2016 Super-G - Sitting 1:20.79
5 2015/2016 Super-G - Sitting 1:24.74
4 2016/2017 Downhill - Sitting 1:27.68
4 2016/2017 Super-G - Sitting 1:30.95
7 2016/2017 Super-G - Sitting 1:29.25
3 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Sitting 2:13.70
  2016/2017 Slalom - Sitting  DNF
World Cup
Rank Year Event Result
4 2010/2011 Giant Slalom - Sitting  
1 2011/2012 Giant Slalom - Sitting  
6 2011/2012 Super-G - Sitting  
1 2012/2013 Giant Slalom - Sitting  
13 2013/2014 Downhill - Sitting  
1 2013/2014 Giant Slalom - Sitting  
9 2014/2015 Giant Slalom - Sitting  
5 2014/2015 Super-G - Sitting  
20 2015/2016 Slalom - Sitting  
13 2015/2016 Giant Slalom - Sitting  
7 2015/2016 Super-G - Sitting  
5 2016/2017 Downhill - Sitting  
17 2016/2017 Slalom - Sitting  
7 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Sitting  
5 2016/2017 Super-G - Sitting  
  2017/2018 Giant Slalom - Sitting  DNF
  2017/2018 Giant Slalom - Sitting  DNF
5 2017/2018 Giant Slalom - Sitting 1:45.81
9 2017/2018 Slalom - Sitting 1:36.82
8 2017/2018 Downhill - Sitting 1:17.82
  2017/2018 Downhill - Sitting  DNF
  2017/2018 Super-G - Sitting  DNF
14 2017/2018 Downhill - Sitting  
23 2017/2018 Slalom - Sitting  
19 2017/2018 Giant Slalom - Sitting  
11 2017/2018 Super-G - Sitting  
5 2017/2018 Super-G - Sitting 1:19.06
5 2018/2019 Giant Slalom - Sitting 2:16.41
9 2018/2019 Super-G - Sitting 1:07.99
4 2018/2019 Super-G - Sitting 1:10.62
  2018/2019 Super-G - Sitting  DNF
6 2018/2019 Super-G - Sitting 1:13.91
3 2018/2019 Giant Slalom - Sitting 1:55.87
3 2018/2019 Giant Slalom - Sitting 1:54.52
  2019/2020 Super-G - Sitting  DNF
  2019/2020 Giant Slalom - Sitting  DNS
  2019/2020 Giant Slalom - Sitting  DNS
7 2018/2019 Giant Slalom - Sitting  
8 2018/2019 Super-G - Sitting  
Kranjska Gora
Rank Year Event Result
  2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Sitting  DNF
Kühtai
Rank Year Event Result
6 2016/2017 Slalom - Sitting 1:51.39
3 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Sitting 2:07.26
  2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Sitting  DNF
St. Moritz
Rank Year Event Result
  2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Sitting  DNF
5 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Sitting 1:40.10
  2016/2017 Slalom - Sitting  DNF
  2016/2017 Slalom - Sitting  DNF
Innerkrems
Rank Year Event Result
11 2016/2017 Downhill - Sitting 50.26
6 2016/2017 Downhill - Sitting 1:09.97
1 2016/2017 Super-G - Sitting 1:15.59
1 2016/2017 Super Combined - Sitting 2:02.38
Hakuba
Rank Year Event Result
3 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Sitting 1:49.18
  2016/2017 Super-G - Sitting  DNF
5 2016/2017 Super-G - Sitting 1:14.39