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GORCE YEPES Gabriel Juan
Sport Para alpine skiing
NPC Spain   
GenderMen
Age30
Place of BirthMadrid, ESP
Height1.82 m
Weight 72 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Classification
B2
Guide
Arnau Ferrer Ventura
Further Personal Information
Residence
Puigcerdá, ESP
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Catalan, English, French, Italian, Spanish
Higher education
IES Pere Borrell: Puigcerdá, ESP
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began skiing at age nine near Valencia, Spain.
Why this sport?
He tried several sports as a child. One day his athletics coach told him about the Spanish National Organisation for Blind People [ONCE], which organised skiing trips for people with a visual impairment. He went and enjoyed the sense of freedom and speed he got from skiing.
Name of coach
Mario Sanchez [national]
Senior International Debut
Year
2004
Competing for
Spain
Location
Austria
General Interest
Nicknames
Guille (VANOC, 12 Feb 2010)
Hobbies
Listening to music, snowboarding, surfing. (gabrielgorce.blogspot.co.uk, 07 Sep 2014)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (SportsDeskOnline, 17 Mar 2015; nevasport.com, 10 Nov 2014)
Most influential person in career
His mother. (Athlete, 07 Mar 2014)
Hero / Idol
Spanish para-alpine skier Eric Villalon Fuentes. (Athlete, 07 Mar 2014)
Injuries
In January 2015 he had an infection in his foot which affected his performance at several World Cup races. (barcelonapirineus2026.org, 12 Jan 2015)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
When he is competing, he says his biggest enemy is himself. "After a while, I realised I was not competing against other skiers, but against the greatest opponent that I must tame - my own mind. When I think before a competition, negative visions can come into my mind until at some point I say, ‘Enough is enough’, and I relax. After that, I can concentrate and I do what I have to do. My success depends on beating my own negative thoughts." (dxtadaptado.com, 14 Mar 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Never be content and keep learning."
(Athlete, 07 Mar 2014)
Awards and honours
He was Spain's flag bearer at the closing ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (paralympic.org, 16 Mar 2014)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (paralimpicostv, 16 Jan 2015)
Impairment
He was born with degenerative glaucoma. (VANOC, 12 Feb 2010)
Other information
VISUAL SKI TEAM
He considers himself half of a team in which his guide Arnau Ferrer is equally important rather than an individual athlete. The pair describe themselves by the name Visual Ski when talking about their performance. (Twitter profile, 11 Mar 2015; axarxa.com, 01 Feb 2015)

MUSICIAN
He can play the guitar and piano and is also a singer/songwriter. He is part of a band and has performed concerts as well as publishing songs online. He aspires to have a career in the music industry after he retires from sport. (gabrielgorce.blogspot.com.es, 18 Jul 2014; youtube channel, 18 Sep 2014)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
He has served as an ambassador for Play and Train, an organisation that aims to provide access to training in all levels of sport for people with an impairment and their families. (playandtrain.org, 16 Dec 2013, 24 Jan 2013)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
  2010 Downhill - Visually Impaired  DSQ
  2010 Slalom - Visually Impaired  DSQ
10 2010 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 3:01.69
14 2010 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:35.40
8 2010 Super Combined - Visually Impaired 2:24.04
7 2014 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:24.59
  2014 Super-G - Visually Impaired DNF
  2014 Slalom - Visually Impaired DNF
3 2014 Super Combined - Visually Impaired 2:20.36 
7 2014 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:42.18
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
10 2008/2009 Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:04.20
6 2008/2009 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:27.57
9 2008/2009 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:05.50
5 2008/2009 Super Combined - Visually Impaired 2:00.33
11 2010/2011 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:30.84
8 2010/2011 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:28.00
7 2010/2011 Super Combined - Visually Impaired 2:18.71
9 2010/2011 Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:36.78
  2010/2011 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired  DNF
5 2012/2013 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:28.14
6 2012/2013 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:13.10
  2012/2013 Slalom - Visually Impaired  DSQ
4 2012/2013 Super Combined - Visually Impaired 1:47.93
12 2012/2013 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:26.48
5 2014/2015 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:35.73
5 2014/2015 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:26.50
  2014/2015 Super Combined - Visually Impaired  DNF
5 2014/2015 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:13.84
  2014/2015 Slalom - Visually Impaired  DNF
World Cup
Rank Year Event Result
8 2010/2011 Slalom - Visually Impaired  
5 2010/2011 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired  
6 2011/2012 Slalom - Visually Impaired  
4 2011/2012 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired  
5 2011/2012 Super-G - Visually Impaired  
9 2012/2013 Downhill - Visually Impaired  
14 2012/2013 Slalom - Visually Impaired  
4 2013/2014 Downhill - Visually Impaired  
2 2013/2014 Slalom - Visually Impaired  
4 2013/2014 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired  
6 2013/2014 Super-G - Visually Impaired  
6 2014/2015 Slalom - Visually Impaired