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SALCHER Markus
Sport Para alpine skiing
NPC Austria   
GenderMen
Age27
Place of BirthKlagenfurt, AUT
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
LW9-1
Further Personal Information
Residence
Klagenfurt, AUT
Occupation
Customs Officer
Languages
English, German
Higher education
Media and Communications - University of Klagenfurt: Austria
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He first tried skiing at age two in Nassfeld, Austria.
Why this sport?
"My family is a very much into skiing and my dad was trainer of the local skiing team."
Club / Team
SV Tropolach: Austria
Name of coach
Eric Digruber [national]
Training Regime
He trains at the Olympic Training Centre in Klagenfurt, Austria.
Senior International Debut
Year
2007
Competing for
Austria
Location
Abtenau, AUT
General Interest
Hobbies
Playing squash, biking, swimming, spending time with friends. (markussalcher.at, 01 Jun 2017; paralympic.org, 26 Dec 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning titles at the World Cup. (IPC, 10 Feb 2018)
Most influential person in career
His father. (paralympic.org, 10 Oct 2013)
Hero / Idol
Austrian alpine skier Matthias Mayer. (IPC, 10 Feb 2018)
Injuries
In 2008 he broke the tibia bone in his right leg. (IPC, 10 Feb 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Every success starts with the decision to try." (IPC, 10 Feb 2018)
Awards and honours
He was named Male Para Athlete of the Year in Austria in 2014 and 2017. (IPC, 10 Feb 2018; paralympic.org, 31 Oct 2014)

He was flag bearer for Austria at the closing ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (sochi2014.com, 15 Mar 2014)

He was named Athlete of the Month for January 2014 by the International Paralympic Committee [IPC]. (paralympic.org, 11 Feb 2014)
Famous relatives
His father was a coach of the Austria alpine skiing team at the 2006 Paralympic Winter Games in Turin. His brother Moritz has competed in alpine skiing at club level in Austria. (meinbezirk.at, 21 Jan 2014; paralympic.org, 10 Oct 2013)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2018 Paralympic Games in Pyeongchang, and to complete his studies in media and communications. (IPC, 10 Feb 2018; hasslacher.com, 01 Apr 2017)
Impairment
He was born with hemiplegia due to a lack of oxygen at birth. The condition affects the right side of his body. (IPC, 10 Feb 2018; paralympic.org, 10 Oct 2013; voelk.com, 25 Apr 2012)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
In 2017 he began serving as an ambassador for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. (IPC, 10 Feb 2018)

OCCUPATION
For six months of the year he works at an airport, checking luggage for banned substances. (paralympic.org, 26 Dec 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
20 2010 Slalom - Standing 1:54.39
  2010 Giant Slalom - Standing  DNF
8 2010 Super-G - Standing 1:23.68
9 2010 Super Combined - Standing 2:19.72
1 2014 Downhill - Standing 1:24.35 
1 2014 Super-G - Standing 1:20.92 
3 2014 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:28.14 
3 2018 Downhill - Standing 1:26.39
3 2018 Super-G - Standing 1:27.89
  2018 Super Combined - Standing  DNF
5 2018 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:15.65
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
5 2010/2011 Downhill - Standing 1:24.48
9 2010/2011 Super-G - Standing 1:23.73
9 2010/2011 Super Combined - Standing 2:15.60
  2010/2011 Slalom - Standing  DNS
6 2010/2011 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:16.04
1 2012/2013 Downhill - Standing 1:29.74
1 2012/2013 Super-G - Standing 1:12.49
11 2012/2013 Super Combined - Standing 1:50.82
8 2012/2013 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:15.65
6 2014/2015 Downhill - Standing 1:33.64
4 2014/2015 Super-G - Standing 1:22.45
2 2014/2015 Super Combined - Standing 1:56.94
2 2014/2015 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:02.16 
1 2016/2017 Downhill - Standing 1:12.22
1 2016/2017 Super-G - Standing 1:03.88
3 2016/2017 Super Combined - Standing 1:53.81
7 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:17.60
World Cup Final
Rank Year Event Result
6 2015/2016 Giant Slalom - Standing 1:43.17
5 2015/2016 Giant Slalom - Standing 1:45.30
  2015/2016 Slalom - Standing  DNS
1 2015/2016 Downhill - Standing 1:12.68
2 2015/2016 Downhill - Standing 1:14.83
1 2015/2016 Super-G - Standing 1:18.95
1 2015/2016 Super-G - Standing 1:21.09
1 2016/2017 Downhill - Standing 1:28.55
3 2016/2017 Super-G - Standing 1:32.68
4 2016/2017 Super-G - Standing 1:29.23
3 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:12.60
1 2017/2018 Downhill - Standing 1:16.06
1 2017/2018 Downhill - Standing 1:14.05
1 2017/2018 Super-G - Standing 1:16.49
2 2017/2018 Super-G - Standing 1:18.20