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ECKHART Rene
Sport Para snowboard
NPC Austria   
GenderMen
Age34
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Classification
SB-LL1
Further Personal Information
Residence
Austria
Occupation
Athlete, 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 took up snowboarding at age eight in Kaunertal, Austria. He began competing in March 2014 in Matrei in Osttirol, Austria.
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal at the 2020 World Cup event in La Molina, Spain, which was his first World Cup victory. (meinbezirk.at, 19 Mar 2020)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Never give up." (Facebook page, 09 Apr 2017)
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 compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (meinbezirk.at, 19 Mar 2020)
Impairment
He was born without the tibia bone in his left leg. At age nine months 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, 03 Nov 2020)

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  
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