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RAUL Jirí
Sport Para ice hockey
NPC Czech Republic   
GenderMen
Age44
Place of BirthVrchlabí, TCH
Height1.70 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Further Personal Information
Family
Children Vitek and Jolanka
Residence
Kreckov, CZE
Languages
Czech, Slovak
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2008 in Kolin, Czech Republic.
Why this sport?
He was introduced to the sport by Czech Para ice hockey player Zdenek Safranek. "I used to play football. I always enjoyed playing team sports so ice hockey was the right choice for me."
Club / Team
HC Sparta Praha: Czech Republic
Name of coach
Jakub Novotny [club, national]
Training Regime
He trains for 12 hours a week.
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Forward
Senior International Debut
Year
2009
Competing for
Czech Republic
General Interest
Nicknames
Raulik (caths.cz, 27 Feb 2014)
Hobbies
Cycling, spending time with family, kayaking. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2022)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at his first Paralympic Winter Games, in Vancouver in 2010. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2022)
Most influential person in career
His wife. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2022)
Impairment
In 2004 he sustained a broken leg playing football. He underwent surgery, but a week later his leg became infected and eventually had to be amputated below the knee. (Athlete, 08 Mar 2018; rozhlas.cz, 28 Apr 2015)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
5 2010 Team  
5 2014 Team  
6 2018 Team  
6 2022 Team  
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
5 2008/2009 Team  
4 2013 Team  
7 2015 Team  
4 2019 Team  
5 2020/2021 Team  
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
2 2011 Team  
4 2016 Team