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SALCHER Markus
Sport Para alpine skiing
NPC Austria   
GenderMen
Age31
Place of BirthKlagenfurt, AUT
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
LW9-1
Further Personal Information
Family
Partner Lisa Wieland
Residence
Klagenfurt, AUT
Occupation
Athlete, Customs Officer
Languages
English, French, 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 very much into skiing and my dad was coach of the local skiing team."
Club / Team
SV Tropolach: Austria
Name of coach
Markus Gutenbrunner [national], AUT
Training Regime
He builds strength through squats and work with dumbbells to compensate for his lack of fine motor skills.
Senior International Debut
Year
2007
Competing for
Austria
General Interest
Hobbies
Cycling, swimming, spending time with friends. (hasslacher.com, 19 May 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in downhill at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (oepc.at, 10 Feb 2022)
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 early 2021 he sustained an ankle ligament injury that required him to wear a splint. (meinbezirk.at, 12 Apr 2021)

In 2008 he broke the tibia bone in his right leg. (IPC, 10 Feb 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"It was and is because of hard work that I am so consistently among the best in the world. On the one hand it makes me proud, but on the other hand it also encourages me to keep up the good work." (oepc.at, 10 Feb 2022)
Awards and honours
He and fellow alpine skier Barbara Aigner were flag bearers for Austria at the opening ceremony of the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (IPC Entries, 04 Mar 2022)

In 2018 and 2020 he was named Male Para Athlete of the Year in the Carinthia region of Austria. (meinbezirk.at, 12 Apr 2021; kleinezeitung.at, 22 Dec 2018)

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)
Famous relatives
His father was a coach of the Austrian alpine skiing team at the 2006 Paralympic Winter Games in Turin. His brother Moritz has competed in alpine skiing at club level in Austria. His partner Lisa Wieland is a popular chef and author in Austria. (meinbezirk.at, 10 Nov 2020, 21 Jan 2014; paralympic.org, 10 Oct 2013)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing, and to compete at the 2026 Paralympic Winter Games in Milan-Cortina. (oepc.at, 10 Feb 2022)
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
PARALYMPIC VETERAN
He is making his fourth appearance at the Paralympic Winter Games in 2022, where he is looking to add to his tally of five medals [two gold, three bronze]. "Because the Paralympics are only every four years, it can never be 'business as usual'. The Games are always special. I'm happy to be able to compete for medals again, even if it's a bit different this time. At the previous Paralympics we always had a test event a year before, but this year there is a big question mark as to what the course will be like. Everything has become more professional [since he began competing in Para alpine skiing]. We are now integrated into the Olympic centres and can make good use of the structure. The competition is bigger, the fight for medals has become tougher. That's how it should be, because the sport is gaining in value." (oepc.at, 10 Feb 2022)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
In 2017 he began serving as an ambassador for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. "As an ambassador, it is important for me to make sport accessible to all groups in society. Last year [2018] I launched the project 'Be There' with a focus on barrier-free ski access in Nassfeld [Austria]. We want to equip families or school classes with accessible sports equipment. Skiing should be possible for everyone." (meinbezirk.at, 10 Nov 2020, 27 Oct 2019; IPC, 10 Feb 2018)

OCCUPATION
He works as a customs officer for the Federal Ministry of Finance in Austria. (bmf.gv.at, 05 Mar 2022)

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
2 2022 Downhill - Standing 1:15.25
2 2022 Super-G - Standing 1:09.35
11 2022 Giant Slalom - Standing 1:59.71
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
11 2018/2019 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:12.30
2 2018/2019 Downhill - Standing 59.28
  2018/2019 Super Combined - Standing  DNS
3 2018/2019 Super-G - Standing 1:01.06
1 2021/2022 Downhill - Standing 1:12.00
1 2021/2022 Super-G - Standing 1:06.37
7 2021/2022 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:19.10
9 2021/2022 Parallel - all classes  
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
World Cup
Rank Year Event Result
14 2010/2011 Slalom - Standing  
5 2010/2011 Giant Slalom - Standing  
15 2011/2012 Slalom - Standing  
6 2011/2012 Giant Slalom - Standing  
2 2011/2012 Super-G - Standing  
4 2012/2013 Downhill - Standing  
14 2012/2013 Slalom - Standing  
9 2012/2013 Giant Slalom - Standing  
1 2013/2014 Downhill - Standing  
1 2013/2014 Giant Slalom - Standing  
2 2013/2014 Super-G - Standing  
6 2014/2015 Giant Slalom - Standing  
1 2014/2015 Super-G - Standing  
1 2015/2016 Downhill - Standing  
19 2015/2016 Slalom - Standing  
4 2015/2016 Giant Slalom - Standing  
1 2015/2016 Super-G - Standing  
1 2016/2017 Downhill - Standing  
23 2016/2017 Slalom - Standing  
6 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Standing  
1 2016/2017 Super-G - Standing  
7 2017/2018 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:04.30
6 2017/2018 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:00.39
10 2017/2018 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:14.12
14 2017/2018 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:24.81
2 2017/2018 Giant Slalom - Standing 1:44.79
15 2017/2018 Slalom - Standing 1:38.03
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
1 2017/2018 Downhill - Standing  
29 2017/2018 Slalom - Standing  
5 2017/2018 Giant Slalom - Standing  
1 2017/2018 Super-G - Standing  
2 2017/2018 Super-G - Standing 1:18.20
11 2018/2019 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:12.30
2 2018/2019 Downhill - Standing 59.28
3 2018/2019 Super-G - Standing 1:01.06
4 2018/2019 Super-G - Standing 1:09.73
3 2018/2019 Super-G - Standing 1:07.87
3 2018/2019 Super-G - Standing 1:09.96
3 2018/2019 Giant Slalom - Standing 1:55.29
3 2018/2019 Giant Slalom - Standing 1:51.21
3 2018/2019 Giant Slalom - Standing 1:56.53
5 2018/2019 Giant Slalom - Standing 1:37.87
7 2018/2019 Giant Slalom - Standing 1:42.33
7 2018/2019 Giant Slalom - Standing 1:47.84
5 2019/2020 Super-G - Standing 1:07.65
2 2019/2020 Super-G - Standing 1:06.37
3 2019/2020 Super-G - Standing 1:06.80
3 2019/2020 Giant Slalom - Standing 1:59.31
2 2019/2020 Giant Slalom - Standing 1:52.13
9 2019/2020 Giant Slalom - Standing 1:56.83
7 2019/2020 Giant Slalom - Standing 1:59.23
4 2019/2020 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:01.58
2 2019/2020 Downhill - Standing 59.28
2 2019/2020 Downhill - Standing 58.90
2 2019/2020 Downhill - Standing 1:00.79
1 2019/2020 Super-G - Standing 1:06.88
1 2019/2020 Super-G - Standing 1:09.09
  2019/2020 Giant Slalom - Standing  DNF
3 2019/2020 Slalom - Standing 2:11.10
2 2019/2020 Downhill - Standing  
1 2019/2020 Slalom - Standing 21.14
7 2019/2020 Slalom - Standing  
7 2019/2020 Giant Slalom - Standing  
1 2019/2020 Super-G - Standing  
2 2018/2019 Downhill - Standing  
3 2018/2019 Giant Slalom - Standing  
3 2018/2019 Super-G - Standing  
Kranjska Gora
Rank Year Event Result
6 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:09.41
Kühtai
Rank Year Event Result
  2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Standing  DNF
  2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Standing  DNF
St. Moritz
Rank Year Event Result
4 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Standing 1:40.45
4 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Standing 1:35.76
11 2016/2017 Slalom - Standing 1:39.06
  2016/2017 Slalom - Standing  DNF
Innerkrems
Rank Year Event Result
1 2016/2017 Downhill - Standing 45.29
1 2016/2017 Downhill - Standing 1:07.23
1 2016/2017 Super-G - Standing 1:13.44
2 2016/2017 Super Combined - Standing 2:03.95
Hakuba
Rank Year Event Result
9 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Standing 1:54.70
1 2016/2017 Super-G - Standing 1:12.95
1 2016/2017 Super-G - Standing 1:13.11