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FALCH Martin
Sport Para alpine skiing, Para Triathlon
NPC Austria   
GenderMen
Age55
Place of BirthBludenz, AUT
Height1.69 m
Weight 70 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW4
Further Personal Information
Residence
Siculiana, ITA
Occupation
Factory Worker
Languages
English, German, Swedish
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He learned to ski as a boy and took up the sport again following his accident.
Why this sport?
He was living in a ski area and decided to try something new.
Club / Team
Ski Club Arlberg: Austria
Name of coach
Eric Digruber [national], AUT
Senior International Debut
Year
2000
Competing for
Austria
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze at the 2002 Paralympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City. (Athlete, 20 Nov 2013)
Most influential person in career
His wife, who died from cancer in 2009. (Athlete, 20 Nov 2013)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Try the impossible to reach the possible." (Facebook profile, 21 Nov 2013)
Awards and honours
He was named 2013 Disabled Sportsman of the Year at the 2014 Tirol Sports Gala in Innsbruck, Austria. (skiclubarlberg.at, 29 Apr 2015)
Other sports
He has competed in triathlon, and finished 12th in the TRI-5 at the 2013 World Championships. (tirol.orf.at, 13 Jan 2015; SportsDeskOnline, 28 Feb 2014)
Impairment
He had a below-knee amputation following an accident at work. (Athlete, 20 Nov 2013)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para alpine skiing
Rank Year Event Result
3 2002 Slalom LW4 1:32.53
26 2006 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:01.13
17 2006 Slalom - Standing 1:28.15
12 2010 Slalom - Standing 1:51.14
22 2010 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:40.39
13 2014 Slalom - Standing 1:52.09
11 2014 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:40.20
World Championships - Para alpine skiing
Rank Year Event Result
  2003/2004 Giant Slalom LW4  DNF
2 2003/2004 Slalom LW4 1:50.31
13 2010/2011 Slalom - Standing 1:33.28
15 2010/2011 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:23.13
European Championships - Para Triathlon
Rank Year Event Result
4 2013 TRI-5 1:11:57
World Cup - Para alpine skiing
Rank Year Event Result
6 2010/2011 Slalom - Standing  
8 2010/2011 Giant Slalom - Standing  
20 2011/2012 Slalom - Standing  
19 2011/2012 Giant Slalom - Standing  
14 2013/2014 Slalom - Standing  
31 2013/2014 Giant Slalom - Standing