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Sport Para ice hockey
NPC Italy   
Place of BirthTurin, ITA
Height1.82 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Further Personal Information
English, Italian
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began playing Para ice hockey in 2003 in Turin, Italy.
Why this sport?
He liked being a part of a team and enjoyed the physical aspect of the sport.
Club / Team
South Tyrol Eagles: Italy
Name of coach
Ulrich Larch [club]; Massimo Da Rin [national], ITA
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Senior International Debut
Competing for
General Interest
Cava (Vancouver, 21 Mar 2010)
Swimming, mountain biking. (, 08 Feb 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Qualifying for the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver, claiming gold at the 2011 European Championships in Solleftea, Sweden, and winning silver at the 2016 European Championships in Ostersund, Sweden. (, 08 Feb 2018; Athlete, 10 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
Italian motor racing driver and handcyclist Alex Zanardi. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018)
He missed the 2015 World Championships A-Pool in Buffalo, NY, United States of America, after fracturing four ribs in a pre-tournament friendly match against the Czech Republic in Neumarkt, Italy. (, 01 May 2015;, 21 Apr 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Always try to improve and never set any limits." (, 08 Feb 2018)
Awards and honours
In 2017 he received the bronze medal of merit from the Italian Olympic Committee [CONI]. (, 25 Nov 2017)

He was named the 2006 Person of the Year in Caselle Torinese, Italy. (, 11 Oct 2017)
His right leg was amputated above the knee after he was involved in a motorcycle accident. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018)
Other information
He became the first player to score a goal for Italy at the Paralympic Winter Games when he netted in a 2-1 group stage defeat against Great Britain at the 2006 Games in Turin. (, 22 Jul 2008;, 2006)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
8 2006 Team  
7 2010 Team  
6 2014 Team  
4 2018 Team  
World Championship
Rank Year Event Result
6 2008 Team  
7 2009 Team  
6 2012 Team  
6 2013 Team  
5 2017 Team  
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
1 2011 Team  
2 2016 Team