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LIGDA Marian
Sport Para ice hockey
NPC Slovakia   
GenderMen
Age41
Place of BirthLiptovský Mikuláš, TCH
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Further Personal Information
Residence
Liptovský Mikuláš, SVK
Occupation
Business Owner
Languages
English, Slovak
Sport Specific Information
Why this sport?
He wanted to return to sport after his accident. "I didn't see why my active lifestyle would change. I had a couple of friends with impairments and I knew that Para sports existed."
Club / Team
SHK LAPP Zlin: Czech Republic
Name of coach
Tomas Sedlacek [club], CZE; Radoslav Bielecka [national]; Miroslav Drab [national], SVK
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Forward
General Interest
Hobbies
Handcycling, kayaking, travelling. (filmkult.refresher.sk, 09 May 2015; startitup.sk, 16 Aug 2017)
Most influential person in career
His family and friends. (zurnal.pravda.sk, 14 Mar 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Everything is possible." (Google+ profile, 20 Sep 2017)
Other sports
Prior to his accident he competed at the 2001 International Ski Instructors Association [ISIA] World Championships in Obergurgl, Austria. He also participated in freeride skiing at international level and downhill skiing at junior international level. Since his accident he has represented Slovakia in Para alpine skiing. (marianligda.com, 13 Dec 2012; Instagram profile, 25 Aug 2017)
Impairment
In 2005 he broke his back in a skiing accident in the Czech Republic. (zurnal.pravda.sk, 14 Mar 2015; marianligda.com, 2017)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
He owns and runs freeskier.sk, a community freeskiing portal for Eastern Europe. He also runs whitedog.sk, an outdoor clothing and sports equipment retailer. In 2005 he founded the Ligda Centre, Association for the Disabled, to provide support for people with spinal injuries. (Facebook profile, 16 Sep 2017; zurnal.pravda.sk, 14 Mar 2015; marianligda.com, 13 Dec 2012; startitup.sk, 16 Aug 2017)

LE TOUR
In 2013 he completed a handcycling trip of 1,840 kilometres from Liptovsky Mikulas, Slovakia, to Paris, France. His journey was filmed and made into the documentary 'Le Tour'. (filmkult.refresher.sk, 09 May 2015; marianligda.com, 2014)

Competition Highlights (historical)
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