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FARKAŠOVÁ Henrieta
Sport Para alpine skiing
NPC Slovakia   
GenderWomen
Age36
Place of BirthRoznava, TCH
Height1.64 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
B3
Guide
Michal Cerven; Martin Motyka
Further Personal Information
Languages
English, Hungarian, Slovak
Higher education
Social Work Studies - University of Trnava: Slovakia
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began the sport at age 17 at a high school ski camp in Levoca, Slovakia.
Why this sport?
"I had never thought or dreamt of being a ski racer, since I don't even come from a mountainous area. However, I felt mesmerised by the sport from the very first moment."
Name of coach
Roman Petrik [national], SVK
Senior International Debut
Year
2004
Competing for
Slovakia
Tournament
European Cup
Location
Austria
General Interest
Nicknames
Hena (IPC, 18 Jan 2018)
Hero / Idol
US alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin. (IPC, 18 Jan 2018)
Injuries
She injured her right knee after crashing during the downhill event at the 2019 World Championships in Slovenia and Italy. The injury sidelined her for the entire 2019/20 season. (paralympic.org, 14 Dec 2021, 31 Jan 2019)

She experienced trouble with her back in 2017. (pyeongchang2018.com, 11 Mar 2018)

She was unable to compete for two-and-a-half years due to a knee injury she suffered in Austria in October 2014. She returned to competition at the 2017 World Championships in Tarvisio, Italy. (teraz.sk, 01 Feb 2017)

At the 2013 World Championships in La Molina, Spain, she crashed and broke her wrist and three ribs. (paralympic.org, 14 Oct 2013)

She has suffered multiple facial bone fractures during her career. (IPC, 18 Jan 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Don't pity yourself." (IPC, 18 Jan 2018)
Awards and honours
In 2019 at the International Paralympic Committee's biennial Paralympic Sport and Media Awards ceremony, she received the Best Female award for her achievements at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (paralympic.org, 25 Oct 2019)

She was named 2018 Para Athlete of the Year at the 2019 Laureus World Sports Award ceremony in Monaco. (paralympic.org, 19 Feb 2019)

She was named Slovakia's flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. She was also the nation's flag bearer at the closing ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (pyeongchang2018.com, 09 Mar 2018; paralympic.org, 16 Mar 2014)

She was named the 2017 and 2018 Paralympic Athlete of the Year in Slovakia. (spv.sk, 21 Dec 2018; IPC, 18 Jan 2018)

She has received the Ludovit Stur Order [first class] from the Slovakian government. (sport.aktualne.cz, 17 Dec 2018; IPC, 18 Jan 2018)

She has been presented with the Award of the Secretary of Education of Slovakia. (IPC, 18 Jan 2018)
Milestones
Her four gold medals and one silver medal at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang meant she finished the Games as the most decorated female athlete in Pyeongchang, ahead of France's Marie Bochet, who won four gold medals. (SportsDeskOnline, 01 Jan 2019)
Ambitions
To win gold in slalom at the Paralympic Winter Games. (Athlete, 12 Jan 2019)
Impairment
She has a visual impairment. Doctors believe it may be linked to the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, as there is no history of vision problems in her family. (pluska.sk, 25 Mar 2010)
Other information
SWITCHING GUIDES
She won gold in the women's visually impaired super combined event at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. She competed with guide Michal Cerven in the super G, and then switched to ski with her other guide, Martin Motyka, for slalom. "[It was] crazy for me because I had two guides, one for the first run [super G] and one for the second one but we are very happy. [Michal Cerven] got an injury one month ago and his knee is not perfect now and I needed to change the guide for slalom." (OIS, 07 Mar 2022)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
2 2010 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:28.17
5 2010 Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:13.66
1 2010 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:56.65
1 2010 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:33.81
1 2010 Super Combined - Visually Impaired 2:34.61
1 2014 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:31.55
  2014 Super-G - Visually Impaired DSQ
3 2014 Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:02.94 
  2014 Super Combined - Visually Impaired DSQ
1 2014 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:48.63 
1 2018 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:29.72
1 2018 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:30.17
1 2018 Super Combined - Visually Impaired 2:27.72
1 2018 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:23.00
2 2018 Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:52.46
1 2022 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:19.50
  2022 Super-G - Visually Impaired  DNF
1 2022 Super Combined - Visually Impaired 2:03.39
  2022 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired  DNF
5 2022 Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:37.00
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
1 2008/2009 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:56.61
4 2008/2009 Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:03.64
6 2008/2009 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:53.03
1 2008/2009 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:07.96
2 2008/2009 Super Combined - Visually Impaired 2:11.29
1 2010/2011 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:28.36
  2010/2011 Super-G - Visually Impaired  DNF
1 2010/2011 Super Combined - Visually Impaired 2:25.83
1 2010/2011 Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:42.71
1 2010/2011 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:19.20
1 2012/2013 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:33.11
6 2012/2013 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:24.96
1 2012/2013 Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:08.82
  2012/2013 Super Combined - Visually Impaired  DNS
2 2016/2017 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:14.62
1 2016/2017 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:10.02
1 2016/2017 Super Combined - Visually Impaired 1:58.89
1 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:21.05
1 2016/2017 Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:32.91
1 2018/2019 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:14.58
1 2018/2019 Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:08.45
  2018/2019 Downhill - Visually Impaired  DNF
1 2021/2022 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:17.78
1 2021/2022 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:11.80
  2021/2022 Super Combined - Visually Impaired  DNS
2 2021/2022 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:32.69
4 2021/2022 Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:34.79
5 2021/2022 Parallel - all classes  
World Cup Final
Rank Year Event Result
1 2016/2017 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:31.60
1 2016/2017 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:34.87
1 2016/2017 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:31.33
1 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:17.60
1 2016/2017 Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:46.42
World Cup
Rank Year Event Result
1 2011/2012 Slalom - Visually Impaired  
2 2011/2012 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired  
2 2011/2012 Super-G - Visually Impaired  
2 2012/2013 Slalom - Visually Impaired  
2 2012/2013 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired  
3 2013/2014 Slalom - Visually Impaired  
2 2013/2014 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired  
3 2013/2014 Super-G - Visually Impaired  
2 2016/2017 Downhill - Visually Impaired  
1 2016/2017 Slalom - Visually Impaired  
1 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired  
1 2016/2017 Super-G - Visually Impaired  
1 2017/2018 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:06.82
1 2017/2018 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:07.90
  2017/2018 Slalom - Visually Impaired  DNF
1 2017/2018 Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:55.37
1 2017/2018 Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:00.75
  2017/2018 Slalom - Visually Impaired  DNF
1 2017/2018 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:14.71
1 2017/2018 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:23.93
1 2017/2018 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:49.46
1 2017/2018 Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:38.78
1 2017/2018 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:20.43
2 2017/2018 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:22.19
2 2017/2018 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:25.13
1 2017/2018 Downhill - Visually Impaired  
1 2017/2018 Slalom - Visually Impaired  
1 2017/2018 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired  
5 2017/2018 Super-G - Visually Impaired  
  2017/2018 Super-G - Visually Impaired  DNF
  2018/2019 Slalom - Visually Impaired  DSQ
2 2018/2019 Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:06.22
1 2018/2019 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:14.58
1 2018/2019 Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:08.45
  2018/2019 Downhill - Visually Impaired  DNF
4 2018/2019 Slalom - Visually Impaired  
Kranjska Gora
Rank Year Event Result
1 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:14.32
1 2016/2017 Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:35.97
  2016/2017 Slalom - Visually Impaired  DSQ
Kühtai
Rank Year Event Result
1 2016/2017 Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:00.97
1 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:18.34
3 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:15.94
St. Moritz
Rank Year Event Result
2 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:50.79
1 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:42.89
3 2016/2017 Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:43.46
2 2016/2017 Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:40.60
Innerkrems
Rank Year Event Result
2 2016/2017 Downhill - Visually Impaired 51.25
2 2016/2017 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:12.77
2 2016/2017 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:20.38
2 2016/2017 Super Combined - Visually Impaired 2:10.30
Hakuba
Rank Year Event Result
2 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:58.01
1 2016/2017 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:19.86
1 2016/2017 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:18.18