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FRANCE Martin
Sport Para alpine skiing
NPC Slovakia   
GenderMen
Age37
Place of BirthHurbanovo, TCH
Height1.73 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Impaired range of motion
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
LW9-1
Further Personal Information
Residence
Hurbanovo, SVK
Occupation
Motivational Speaker
Languages
Czech, English, French, Hungarian, Slovak
Higher education
Management, Tourism - University of Economics in Bratislava: Slovakia
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began Para alpine skiing in 1995 in Slovakia.
Why this sport?
His parents introduced him to the sport.
Club / Team
Pegas Remata: Handlová, SVK
Name of coach
Roman Petrik [national], SVK
General Interest
Nicknames
Vojnik (vancouver2010.com, 01 Mar 2010)
Hobbies
Para taekwondo, painting, music, computers, cars. (Facebook profile, 02 Oct 2021; smesirovni.sk, 20 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Finishing fourth in giant slalom at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (Athlete, 04 Jan 2019)
Most influential person in career
His family. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
US alpine skier Bode Miller. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Don't fall down. Smile. I am always smiling. No matter what happens, we must smile because there is only one life and the only thing to do is just smile." (paralympic.org, 15 Oct 2021)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the Paralympic Winter Games. (smesirovni.sk, 20 Nov 2019)
Impairment
He was born with underdeveloped upper and lower limbs. (spv.sk, 01 Mar 2014)
Other information
RETIREMENT PLANS
He will retire from competitive Para alpine skiing after the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. "The biggest motivation is to get one medal, just one medal because I was fourth three times. Every athlete who has a medal or some success in his sport, he has a good feeling and I would like to have that too. I want the medal. After Beijing, I will end my career. If I win a medal, or if I don't win a medal, I will finish. Everything must end somewhere." (paralympic.org, 15 Oct 2021)

PAINTING
He enjoyed painting as a child, and returned to his hobby more seriously in 2020 thanks to his brother. He draws inspiration from street art and graffiti, and particularly enjoys depicting animals. "My brother was in New York [United States of America] for a trip and he wanted to buy a painting from some man in Central Park. He did not buy it because it was too expensive so I told him that I will paint the same painting for him. It took one year, the painting that I made. It was a frog. When I finished this painting I was really excited, so I made more and more paintings. I sold three or four paintings last month [speaking in March 2022], so it's pretty good. I would like to do it 100% after the [2022] Paralympics. I just bought a new house. It's a ruin, but there is a place where I can paint." (OIS, 08 Mar 2022; paralympic.org, 15 Oct 2021)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
26 2006 Super-G - Standing 1:31.05
4 2006 Giant Slalom - Standing 1:16.10
7 2006 Slalom - Standing 1:43.38
19 2010 Downhill - Standing 1:27.67
24 2010 Slalom - Standing 1:57.61
15 2010 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:33.67
11 2010 Super-G - Standing 1:26.29
16 2010 Super Combined - Standing 2:28.59
8 2014 Super-G - Standing 1:25.50
14 2014 Slalom - Standing 1:53.14
8 2014 Super Combined - Standing 2:18.64
4 2014 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:31.66
16 2018 Downhill - Standing 1:31.82
6 2018 Super-G - Standing 1:28.66
8 2018 Super Combined - Standing 2:18.54
4 2018 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:14.80
11 2018 Slalom - Standing 1:46.23
25 2022 Super-G - Standing 1:16.79
18 2022 Super Combined - Standing 2:02.90
18 2022 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:05.86
11 2022 Slalom - Standing 1:44.78
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
4 2003/2004 Giant Slalom LW1,3,5/7,9 2:13.51
3 2003/2004 Slalom LW1,3,5/7,9 1:54.47
3 2008/2009 Downhill - Standing 1:52.39
16 2008/2009 Slalom - Standing 1:56.46
16 2008/2009 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:18.38
16 2008/2009 Super-G - Standing 1:05.44
22 2008/2009 Super Combined - Standing 2:05.34
15 2010/2011 Downhill - Standing 1:37.02
16 2010/2011 Super-G - Standing 1:28.93
15 2010/2011 Super Combined - Standing 2:29.94
17 2010/2011 Slalom - Standing 1:40.71
16 2010/2011 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:23.73
10 2012/2013 Downhill - Standing 1:35.08
5 2012/2013 Super-G - Standing 1:15.71
6 2012/2013 Slalom - Standing 2:05.46
10 2012/2013 Super Combined - Standing 1:49.88
6 2012/2013 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:14.65
10 2014/2015 Downhill - Standing 1:35.07
8 2014/2015 Super-G - Standing 1:23.76
11 2014/2015 Super Combined - Standing 2:02.71
5 2014/2015 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:04.92 
8 2014/2015 Slalom - Standing 1:54.02 
16 2016/2017 Downhill - Standing 1:19.88
9 2016/2017 Super-G - Standing 1:07.03
10 2016/2017 Super Combined - Standing 1:55.96
4 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:15.87
11 2016/2017 Slalom - Standing 1:31.82
6 2018/2019 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:08.30
5 2018/2019 Slalom - Standing 1:54.84
17 2018/2019 Downhill - Standing 1:05.51
7 2018/2019 Super Combined - Standing 1:49.85
9 2018/2019 Super-G - Standing 1:05.01
28 2021/2022 Super-G - Standing 1:17.73
22 2021/2022 Super Combined - Standing 2:05.81
World Cup Final
Rank Year Event Result
4 2015/2016 Giant Slalom - Standing 1:40.31
6 2015/2016 Giant Slalom - Standing 1:46.08
8 2015/2016 Slalom - Standing 1:18.85
10 2015/2016 Downhill - Standing 1:16.86
8 2015/2016 Downhill - Standing 1:16.23
3 2015/2016 Super-G - Standing 1:21.90
2 2015/2016 Super-G - Standing 1:22.91
16 2016/2017 Downhill - Standing 1:36.98
7 2016/2017 Super-G - Standing 1:33.51
7 2016/2017 Super-G - Standing 1:31.17
6 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:13.87
10 2016/2017 Slalom - Standing 1:41.16
World Cup
Rank Year Event Result
8 2010/2011 Giant Slalom - Standing  
19 2012/2013 Downhill - Standing  
17 2012/2013 Slalom - Standing  
11 2012/2013 Giant Slalom - Standing  
19 2013/2014 Downhill - Standing  
7 2013/2014 Giant Slalom - Standing  
23 2013/2014 Super-G - Standing  
9 2014/2015 Slalom - Standing  
3 2014/2015 Giant Slalom - Standing  
11 2015/2016 Downhill - Standing  
9 2015/2016 Slalom - Standing  
7 2015/2016 Giant Slalom - Standing  
4 2015/2016 Super-G - Standing  
16 2016/2017 Downhill - Standing  
10 2016/2017 Slalom - Standing  
2 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Standing  
8 2016/2017 Super-G - Standing  
9 2017/2018 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:04.82
11 2017/2018 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:02.86
15 2017/2018 Slalom - Standing 1:52.19
13 2017/2018 Slalom - Standing 1:53.51
10 2017/2018 Slalom - Standing 1:59.94
10 2017/2018 Slalom - Standing 1:56.91
13 2017/2018 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:15.06
10 2017/2018 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:22.67
6 2017/2018 Giant Slalom - Standing 1:46.28
  2017/2018 Slalom - Standing  DNS
19 2017/2018 Downhill - Standing 1:23.21
18 2017/2018 Downhill - Standing 1:22.29
12 2017/2018 Super-G - Standing 1:23.76
18 2017/2018 Downhill - Standing  
12 2017/2018 Slalom - Standing  
9 2017/2018 Giant Slalom - Standing  
13 2017/2018 Super-G - Standing  
16 2017/2018 Super-G - Standing 1:24.22
6 2018/2019 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:08.30
5 2018/2019 Slalom - Standing 1:54.84
17 2018/2019 Downhill - Standing 1:05.51
9 2018/2019 Super-G - Standing 1:05.01
17 2019/2020 Super-G - Standing 1:20.37
21 2019/2020 Super-G - Standing 1:17.51
  2019/2020 Super-G - Standing  DNS
11 2019/2020 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:06.59
10 2019/2020 Giant Slalom - Standing 1:59.51
9 2019/2020 Slalom - Standing 1:47.23
6 2019/2020 Slalom - Standing 1:45.63
7 2019/2020 Slalom - Standing 1:46.63
11 2019/2020 Giant Slalom - Standing 1:58.79
13 2019/2020 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:03.04
  2019/2020 Giant Slalom - Standing  DNF
  2019/2020 Slalom - Standing  DNF
10 2019/2020 Slalom - Standing  
13 2019/2020 Giant Slalom - Standing  
17 2018/2019 Downhill - Standing  
Kranjska Gora
Rank Year Event Result
5 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:09.20
8 2016/2017 Slalom - Standing 1:34.81
8 2016/2017 Slalom - Standing 1:44.23
Kühtai
Rank Year Event Result
9 2016/2017 Slalom - Standing 1:53.39
1 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:01.22
2 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:00.51
St. Moritz
Rank Year Event Result
3 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Standing 1:39.73
9 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Standing 1:37.74
  2016/2017 Slalom - Standing  DNF
9 2016/2017 Slalom - Standing 1:35.33
Innerkrems
Rank Year Event Result
16 2016/2017 Downhill - Standing 49.05
13 2016/2017 Downhill - Standing 1:13.06
4 2016/2017 Super-G - Standing 1:16.59
3 2016/2017 Super Combined - Standing 2:05.54
Hakuba
Rank Year Event Result
4 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Standing 1:50.68
9 2016/2017 Super-G - Standing 1:17.78
11 2016/2017 Super-G - Standing 1:17.52