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VAPENKA Michal
Sport Para ice hockey
NPC Czech Republic   
GenderMen
Age45
Place of BirthPrague, TCH
Height1.96 m
Weight 105 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Further Personal Information
Marital status
Married
Family
Wife Lucie, sons Michal and Marek, stepdaughter Anna
Residence
Prague, CZE
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Czech, English, Russian
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2004 in Zlin, Czech Republic.
Why this sport?
He believes the sport is fun and exciting. "I have always liked hockey."
Club / Team
HC Sparta Praha: Czech Republic
Name of coach
Jan Katauer [club]; Jiri Briza [national], CZE
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Goaltender
Senior International Debut
Year
2007
Competing for
Czech Republic
General Interest
Nicknames
Vapno (caths.cz, 28 Feb 2014)
Memorable sporting achievement
Representing the Czech Republic in ice hockey at the Paralympic Winter Games in 2010, 2014 and 2018, and competing in sitting volleyball at the 1996 Paralympic Games in Atlanta. (Athlete, 08 Mar 2018)
Most influential person in career
His parents. (Athlete, 08 Mar 2018)
Awards and honours
He was named in the 2014/15 CSHL All-Star team in the Czech Republic. (hokej.cz, 08 Mar 2015)

He was flag bearer for the Czech Republic at the closing ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (paralympic.org, 16 Mar 2014)

He was named Best Goalkeeper of the 2007 European Championships in Italy. (handisport.cz, 25 Feb 2010)
Other sports
He represented the Czech Republic in sitting volleyball at the 1996 Paralympic Games in Atlanta. He has also played Para floorball at national level. (Athlete, 08 Mar 2018; hokej.cz, 29 Apr 2015)
Famous relatives
His parents both played volleyball for Czechoslovakia at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. (hokej.cz, 29 Apr 2015)
Impairment
He was involved in a car accident that resulted in the amputation of his left leg. (Athlete, 08 Mar 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
5 2010 Team  
5 2014 Team  
6 2018 Team  
World Championship
Rank Year Event Result
4 2009 Team  
4 2012 Team  
4 2013 Team  
7 2015 Team  
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
2 2011 Team  
4 2016 Team