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STARKER Alexandra
Sport Para alpine skiing
NPC Canada   
GenderWomen
Age28
Place of BirthCalgary, CAN
Height1.55 m
Weight 54 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
LW6/8-2
Further Personal Information
Residence
Calgary, AB, CAN
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began skiing at age four and took up alpine racing at age 12.
Name of coach
Jean-Sebastien Labrie [national]
Coach from which country?
Canada
Senior International Debut
Year
2012
Competing for
Canada
General Interest
Nicknames
Sandbag (alpinecanada.org, 2013)
Hobbies
Travelling, mentoring junior athletes, playing the guitar, reading, painting. (kamloopsthisweek.com, 27 Mar 2013, paralympic.ca, 21 Jan 2014)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing on her home hill at the 2012 World Cup finals in Panorama, BC, Canada. (alpinecanada.org, 01 Dec 2012)
Most influential person in career
Her parents and coaches. (alexandrastarker.com, 01 Jan 2013)
Hero / Idol
Canadian alpine skiers John Kucera, Nancy Greene, Ken Read. (alpinecanada.org, 01 Dec 2012; cg2011.gems.pro, 2011)
Injuries
In December 2008 she broke her tibia and fibula while skiing. She was in a cast for two months before doctors decided to re-break and re-set her leg. The metal rod and screws required to support the breaks were removed in April 2010. (alexandrastarker.com, 26 Mar 2011)
Awards and honours
She was named the International Paralympic Committee's [IPC] Athlete of the Month for December 2011. (paralympic.org, 01 Jan 2012)
Other sports
She has also represented Canada's sitting volleyball team. (alexandrastarker.com, 20 Mar 2012; Twitter profile, 24 Jan 2013)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (alexandrastarker.com, 20 Mar 2012)
Impairment
She was born without part of her left arm below the elbow. (alexandrastarker.com, 26 Mar 2011)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
7 2014 Super-G - Standing 1:36.52
6 2014 Slalom - Standing 2:14.16
  2014 Super Combined - Standing DNS
10 2014 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:57.53
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
7 2012/2013 Downhill - Standing 1:44.25
7 2012/2013 Super-G - Standing 1:25.55
3 2012/2013 Slalom - Standing 2:13.65
3 2012/2013 Super Combined - Standing 2:00.49
3 2012/2013 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:28.26
World Cup
Rank Year Event Result
8 2011/2012 Slalom - Standing  
10 2011/2012 Giant Slalom - Standing  
8 2012/2013 Slalom - Standing  
5 2012/2013 Giant Slalom - Standing  
8 2013/2014 Downhill - Standing  
6 2013/2014 Slalom - Standing  
15 2013/2014 Giant Slalom - Standing  
7 2013/2014 Super-G - Standing