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KRAKO Jakub
Sport Para alpine skiing
NPC Slovakia   
GenderMen
Age32
Place of BirthŽilina, TCH
Height1.77 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
B2
Guide
Branislav Brozman, SVK
Further Personal Information
Family
Wife Andrejka, son Leonard [2018], daughter Sarlota [2020]
Residence
Prievidza, SVK
Occupation
Athlete, Coach
Languages
English, German, Slovak
Higher education
Business - University of Economics in Bratislava: Slovakia
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began skiing in 1998 at the Remata ski resort in Raztocno, Slovakia.
Why this sport?
"My parents were athletic. Dad played volleyball, my mother danced in a folk ensemble and tried to guide me and my sister. I tried everything from karate to dance. Finally, I got into skiing through the Looking for Talents project. At first, I only began it as a hobby. I wanted to learn, but I started to enjoy it, and especially thanks to my dedicated mother, who was willing to drive me to training regularly, skiing became a part of my life."
Name of coach
Roman Petrik [national], SVK
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning three gold medals at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver. (heroes.sk, 11 May 2021)
Injuries
In November 2019 he ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament [ACL] and lateral ligament in his right knee while training in Austria. He underwent three operations and returned to indoor training on the snow in mid-2020. (paralympic.org, 28 Feb 2021; sport.aktuality.sk, 21 May 2020; sport.sme.sk, 06 Apr 2020)

He injured his left knee at the 2015 NorAm Cup event in Kimberley, BC, Canada. Doctors advised him the injury was not serious and he went on to compete the following week at the 2015 World Championships in Panorama, BC, Canada. On his return to Slovakia an MRI scan showed he had torn a ligament at the front of the knee. He underwent surgery in June 2015, and did not return to the slopes until July 2016. (IPC, 10 Feb 2018; paralympic.org, 06 Jun 2017, 05 Nov 2015; spv.sk, 23 Mar 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Go as fast as possible, and then faster." (Athlete, 08 Mar 2014)
Awards and honours
He was flag bearer for Slovakia at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (sportky.zoznam.sk, 07 Mar 2014)
Milestones
He became the first male athlete representing Slovakia to win a gold medal at the Paralympic Winter Games when he triumphed in the visually impaired super combined event at the 2010 Games in Vancouver. He went on to also win gold in slalom and giant slalom at the 2010 Games. (SportsDeskOnline, 16 Nov 2018; jakubkrako.com, 01 Apr 2018; sazps.sk, 02 Mar 2018)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (paralympic.sk, 12 Aug 2021)
Impairment
He has Stargardt disease, an inherited condition that affects vision. He was diagnosed at age six. "My retina is sick, causing problems with the regeneration of slowly dying cells. I have a narrow field of vision, which means I have black spots that I can't see through at all, and my acuity is worse. What a healthy person sees from 50 metres, I see from two." (heroes.sk, 11 May 2021; smesirovni.sk, 20 Nov 2019; IPC, 10 Feb 2018; Athlete, 08 Mar 2014)
Other information
COACHING
He combines competing in Para alpine skiing with coaching junior Para skiers. "I'm not a professional. I am employed by the Slovak Paralympic Committee and I have work responsibilities in addition to training. Together with Juraj Meder, I lead our junior Paralympic team. I train alongside them. I try to be a role model and a mentor. Combining training with work requires careful time management, but it can be done. Four or five years ago [speaking in 2021], we started with four children who didn't even know how to ski properly. We are now working with 14 young skiers who have the prospect of reaching the Paralympics." (heroes.sk, 11 May 2021)

FATHERHOOD
He says the time he spends skiing away from his family, including son Leonard and daughter Sarlota, encourages him to make the most out of his training. "I try to be with them as much as possible and enjoy every moment. It is really difficult for me to leave them because I have to train. Therefore, I try to do my best in training, so the time I spend on skis without my family is not wasted. This is my job and a lot of men have to go for their jobs to the office and spend a lot of time there. When I come back to Slovakia, I spend a lot of time with them so perhaps I miss a lot of things now, but when I come back, I will get it back for me and for my family. The most difficult thing about combining the roles of athlete and father is not training hard and being with family, but recovery. Honestly, I miss sleeping. A lot. But Leonard and Sarlota's smiles are the biggest reward for me." (paralympic.org, 28 Feb 2021)

POLITICS
In 2020 he ran in parliamentary elections for the National Council of the Slovak Republic [NRSR]. "One of my goals was to move the sport in the direction I think is right. However, I mainly wanted to focus on the problems of people with disabilities. There are many absurdities in the legislation that I hoped I would be able to rectify. Unfortunately, I did not receive the required number of votes, but I believe that I will find a way to do so in the future." (heroes.sk, 11 May 2021; regiony.zoznam.sk, 09 Jan 2020)

FURTHER EDUCATION
He has earned a PhD from the University of Economics in Bratislava in Slovakia. (regiony.zoznam.sk, 09 Jan 2020; paralympic.sk, 01 Jan 2019)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
4 2010 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:20.84
1 2010 Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:45.82
1 2010 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:41.99
2 2010 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:21.71
1 2010 Super Combined - Visually Impaired 2:14.61
4 2014 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:23.38
1 2014 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:20.58 
  2014 Slalom - Visually Impaired DNF
  2014 Super Combined - Visually Impaired DNF
2 2014 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:31.66 
2 2018 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:25.35
1 2018 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:26.11
  2018 Super Combined - Visually Impaired  DSQ
2 2018 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:15.59
2 2018 Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:37.54
5 2022 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:16.09
  2022 Super-G - Visually Impaired  DSQ
4 2022 Super Combined - Visually Impaired 1:54.31
  2022 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired  DNF
  2022 Slalom - Visually Impaired  DNF
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
5 2008/2009 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:47.98
1 2008/2009 Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:41.96
2 2008/2009 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:17.36
6 2008/2009 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:02.26
2 2008/2009 Super Combined - Visually Impaired 1:56.15
5 2010/2011 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:25.11
4 2010/2011 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:21.94
2 2010/2011 Super Combined - Visually Impaired 2:08.36
1 2010/2011 Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:28.83
2 2010/2011 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:12.10
14 2012/2013 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:32.31
10 2012/2013 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:15.34
5 2012/2013 Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:01.47
  2012/2013 Super Combined - Visually Impaired  DNF
4 2012/2013 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:16.76
12 2014/2015 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:36.81
7 2014/2015 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:15.13
4 2016/2017 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:12.72
2 2016/2017 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:05.22
3 2016/2017 Super Combined - Visually Impaired 1:52.28
  2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired  DNS
3 2016/2017 Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:29.60
6 2018/2019 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:14.71
  2018/2019 Slalom - Visually Impaired  DSQ
3 2018/2019 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:02.55
2 2018/2019 Super Combined - Visually Impaired 1:49.88
2 2018/2019 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:04.39
3 2021/2022 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:13.11
5 2021/2022 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:09.60
  2021/2022 Super Combined - Visually Impaired  DNF
4 2021/2022 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:20.82
3 2021/2022 Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:29.22
5 2021/2022 Parallel - all classes  
World Cup Final
Rank Year Event Result
4 2016/2017 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:29.20
4 2016/2017 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:34.21
3 2016/2017 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:30.51
1 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:14.34
1 2016/2017 Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:35.54
World Cup
Rank Year Event Result
2 2010/2011 Slalom - Visually Impaired  
7 2010/2011 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired  
7 2012/2013 Downhill - Visually Impaired  
2 2012/2013 Slalom - Visually Impaired  
2 2012/2013 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired  
7 2013/2014 Downhill - Visually Impaired  
5 2013/2014 Slalom - Visually Impaired  
6 2013/2014 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired  
3 2013/2014 Super-G - Visually Impaired  
7 2014/2015 Slalom - Visually Impaired  
6 2014/2015 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired  
4 2014/2015 Super-G - Visually Impaired  
5 2016/2017 Downhill - Visually Impaired  
5 2016/2017 Slalom - Visually Impaired  
1 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired  
2 2016/2017 Super-G - Visually Impaired  
7 2017/2018 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:10.36
4 2017/2018 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:03.77
2 2017/2018 Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:43.90
  2017/2018 Slalom - Visually Impaired  DSQ
  2017/2018 Slalom - Visually Impaired  DSQ
  2017/2018 Slalom - Visually Impaired  DSQ
2 2017/2018 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:07.56
2 2017/2018 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:17.75
6 2017/2018 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:46.90
  2017/2018 Slalom - Visually Impaired  DSQ
3 2017/2018 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:18.41
6 2017/2018 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:18.46
2 2017/2018 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:19.98
4 2017/2018 Downhill - Visually Impaired  
9 2017/2018 Slalom - Visually Impaired  
2 2017/2018 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired  
2 2017/2018 Super-G - Visually Impaired  
2 2017/2018 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:20.32
6 2018/2019 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:14.71
  2018/2019 Slalom - Visually Impaired  DSQ
3 2018/2019 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:02.55
2 2018/2019 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:04.39
3 2018/2019 Downhill - Visually Impaired  
Kranjska Gora
Rank Year Event Result
3 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:11.31
  2016/2017 Slalom - Visually Impaired  DNF
  2016/2017 Slalom - Visually Impaired  DNF
Kühtai
Rank Year Event Result
3 2016/2017 Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:47.55
4 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:08.19
3 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:04.49
St. Moritz
Rank Year Event Result
2 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:41.54
3 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:37.03
  2016/2017 Slalom - Visually Impaired  DSQ
  2016/2017 Slalom - Visually Impaired  DNF
Innerkrems
Rank Year Event Result
5 2016/2017 Downhill - Visually Impaired 48.40
5 2016/2017 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:09.38
4 2016/2017 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:16.55
3 2016/2017 Super Combined - Visually Impaired 2:01.26
Hakuba
Rank Year Event Result
1 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:48.15
2 2016/2017 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:15.17
2 2016/2017 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:14.31