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GAZDIKOVA Maria
Sport Para dance sport
NPC Slovakia   
GenderWomen
Age28
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Classification
L&F2, SC2
Further Personal Information
Residence
Košice, SVK
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Slovak
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport at age 14 in Kosice, Slovakia.
Why this sport?
She met Peter Vidasic, the director of Ellegane dance club, who recognised her talent for the sport. "I have been admiring dance since my childhood and always wanted to do ballroom dances."
Club / Team
PK Ellegance: Košice, SVK
Name of coach
Peter Vidasic
General Interest
Nicknames
Osusulka, Soraya (Facebook profile, 26 Oct 2019)
Hobbies
Pets. (Facebook profile, 26 Oct 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a silver medal at the 2016 European Championships in Kosice, Slovakia. (telKE YouTube channel, 03 Nov 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Dance is a hard work but it's also great joy. It's an amazing feeling when you compete and you know that your hard work pays off." (kosicednes.sk, 04 Nov 2016)
Ambitions
To become European and world champion. (spv.sk, 09 Oct 2018)
Impairment
She was born with arthrogryposis multiplex congenita, which severely restricts her movement (pravda.sk, 26 Apr 2011)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
8 2015 C1/5D Combi Latin  
5 2015 C1/5D Combi Freestyle  
5 2015 C1/5D Combi Standard  
16 2017 C2/5D Combi Latin  
5 2017 C2/5D Combi Standard  
13 2017 C2 Single  
14 2017 C2/5D Combi Freestyle 20.250
12 2017 C2 Single Freestyle 18.420
8 2019 C2/5D Combi Standard  
22 2019 C2 Single  
10 2019 C2/5D Combi Freestyle 19.916