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FLIS Sylwester
Sport Para biathlon, Para cross-country, Para ice hockey
NPC Poland   
GenderMen
Age44
Place of BirthStalowa Wola, POL
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Further Personal Information
Residence
Elblag, POL
Occupation
Athlete, Coach
Languages
Polish, English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 1996 in Chicago, IL, United States of America.
Why this sport?
He tried several Para sports after moving to the United States of America and liked ice hockey the most. "Once I tried it, I knew that this is it."
Club / Team
IKS Atak [POL] / HC Sledge Studenka [CZE]:
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Defence
General Interest
Nicknames
Sly (Facebook profile, 16 Feb 2015)
Hobbies
Playing the guitar. (Athlete, 03 Jan 2019)
Injuries
He underwent surgery on both of his legs in 2013 to reduce muscle contracture. (Facebook profile, 16 Feb 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Hockey is my hobby and life." (Athlete, 03 Jan 2019)
Awards and honours
While representing the United States, he was named Most Valuable Player [MVP] of the USA team that won ice sledge hockey gold at the 2002 Paralympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City. (paralympic.org, 23 Nov 2012)
Other sports
He competed in Para cross-country skiing at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver. (sport.tvp.pl, 05 Mar 2010; niepelnosprawni.pl, 19 Mar 2010)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the European championships, world championships and Paralympic Winter Games. (Athlete, 03 Jan 2019)
Impairment
He was born with spina bifida. At age 10 his legs became weaker and he began using crutches to assist his mobility, and later a wheelchair at age 21. (Vancouver, 12 Feb 2010; dziennikelblaski.pl, 06 Jan 2010)
Other information
PLAYER COACH
Having taken a break from representing the Polish national Para ice hockey team in 2013, he returned in 2014 as a player-coach. He has also coached Polish club side IKS Atak Elblag. (paralympic.org, 31 Jan 2013; atak.pl, 21 Feb 2015; Athlete, 03 Jan 2019)

REPRESENTING THE USA AND POLAND
He is a citizen of both Poland and the United States of America. He moved to Chicago with his parents in 1994, and represented the United States in Para ice hockey at the 2002 Paralympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, where they won a gold medal. He returned to Poland in 2006 after being invited by IKS Atak Elblag to create the first Para ice hockey team in Poland. (Vancouver, 12 Feb 2010; paralympic.org, 23 Nov 2012; sportowahistoria.pl, 13 Dec 2014; dziennikelblaski.pl, 06 Jan 2010)

Competition Highlights (historical)
European Championships - Para ice hockey
Rank Year Event Result
9 2011 Team  
Paralympic Games - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
25 2010 2.4km Pursuit - Sitting  
Paralympic Games - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
  2010 10km - Sitting  DNF
27 2010 1km Sprint - Sitting