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ECKHART Rene
Sport Para snowboard
NPC Austria   
GenderMen
Age35
Place of BirthZams, AUT
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Classification
SB-LL1
Further Personal Information
Residence
Austria
Occupation
Tradesperson
Languages
English, German
Higher education
Trade - Locksmith, Trade - Welder - WIFI Upper Austria: Linz, AUT
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began snowboarding at age six on the Kaunertal Glacier in Austria. He started competing in 2014.
Why this sport?
"I always loved to be outside and enjoy the fresh powder. In competitions I love the adrenalin kick and the battle with the other athletes."
Club / Team
Skiclub Kaunertal: Austria
Name of coach
Noah Abdel Aziz, AUT; Frederik Krassnitzer [fitness], AUT
General Interest
Hobbies
Wakeboarding, climbing, tennis, cycling, hiking, swimming, camping. (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal at the 2020 World Cup event in La Molina, Spain, which was his first World Cup victory. (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022; meinbezirk.at, 19 Mar 2020)
Hero / Idol
Austrian snowboarder Alessandro Hammerle. (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
He does breathing exercises and listens to music before he competes. (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Never give up. Limits only exist in your head." (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022)
Other sports
He has competed in swimming, handcycling and Para alpine skiing at regional level in Austria. (rene-eckhart.jimdo.com, 01 Jul 2015)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (oe24.at, 10 Nov 2021; meinbezirk.at, 19 Mar 2020)
Impairment
He was born without the tibia bone in his left leg. When he was nine months old the limb was amputated below the knee. (rene-eckhart.jimdo.com, 01 Jul 2015)
Other information
OCCUPATION
He has trained as a locksmith and welder, and works part-time at a workshop in Imst, Austria. (Facebook profile, 22 Feb 2022)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
4 2014/2015 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 1 Impaired  
6 2014/2015 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 1 Impaired 1:48.75
6 2016/2017 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 1 Impaired  
8 2016/2017 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 1 Impaired 1:25.90
9 2018/2019 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 1 Impaired 59.54
8 2018/2019 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 1 Impaired  
10 2021/2022 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 1 Impaired  
7 2021/2022 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 1 Impaired  
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
12 2022 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 1 Impaired  
12 2022 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 1 Impaired 1:20.82
World Cup Finals
Rank Year Event Result
5 2015/2016 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 1 Impaired  
4 2015/2016 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 1 Impaired  
4 2015/2016 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 1 Impaired 1:21.13
4 2016/2017 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 1 Impaired  
9 2016/2017 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 1 Impaired  
9 2017/2018 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 1 Impaired 1:20.50
7 2017/2018 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 1 Impaired 1:35.25
5 2018/2019 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 1 Impaired 45.71
3 2018/2019 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 1 Impaired  
2 2018/2019 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 1 Impaired