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MONTAGGIONI Maxime
Sport Para snowboard
NPC France   
GenderMen
Age31
Place of BirthMarseille, FRA
Height1.71 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
SB-UL
Further Personal Information
Residence
Nice, FRA
Occupation
Armed Forces Athlete
Languages
English, French
Higher education
Commerce - EDHEC Business School: Nice, FRA
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 1998.
Why this sport?
He became aware of competitive Para snowboard after meeting the French national coach while snowboarding at Isola 2000 in France. "I was doing it just for fun, I had no idea that a competitive Para snowboarding discipline existed."
Club / Team
Anices Handisport [FRA] / Armee des Champions [FRA]:
Name of coach
Yannis Dole [national], FRA
Senior International Debut
Year
2014
Competing for
France
Location
Landgraaf, NED
General Interest
Hobbies
Motorbiking. (Instagram profile, 17 Aug 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the men's SB-UL banked slalom at the 2017 World Championships in Big White, BC, Canada. (Athlete, 07 Mar 2018)
Most influential person in career
His taekwondo coach Michael Melou. (Athlete, 07 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
French snowboarder Pierre Vaultier. (Athlete, 07 Mar 2018)
Injuries
A ligament injury to his right knee prevented him competing at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. He sustained the initial injury after falling at a competition in Andorra, and then aggravated it during his first training session in Pyeongchang. He underwent surgery in April 2018, and returned to the slopes in December 2018. (Facebook page, 13 Dec 2018, 19 Apr 2018; france3-regions.francetvinfo.fr, 12 Mar 2018)

In 2016 he sustained a back injury while in San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina. (enroutepourrio.eu, 29 Nov 2016)
Awards and honours
He was named Athlete with an Impairment of the Year in Nice, France, for 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2019 at the Victoires du Sport awards. (20minutes.fr, 23 Feb 2016; nice-premium.com, 18 Feb 2016, 14 Feb 2020; nice.fr, 01 Mar 2019)
Other sports
He won a bronze medal in Para taekwondo at the 2013 World Championships in Lausanne, Switzerland. (20minutes.fr, 09 Mar 2016; SportsDeskOnline, 08 Jun 2013)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (france3-regions.francetvinfo.fr, 12 Mar 2018; Instagram profile, 01 Nov 2020)
Impairment
He was born without his right forearm. (20minutes.fr, 09 Mar 2016; nicematin.com, 10 Jun 2009)
Other information
DIFFERENT APPROACH
He said the disappointment of missing out on the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang because of injury made him change his approach to the sport. "I'm completely different. I'm less aggressive in my rides, I'm just thinking with my brain so I have strategy and I've got maturity. Now I'm safer in my choices and in my vision of the race. I got some distance and now I use my brain more than my muscles." (paralympic.org, 20 Mar 2019)

FURTHER EDUCATION
He studied communications and advertising at IDRAC Business School in Amiens, France, and organisational communication and human resources at the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis in France. (Athlete, 07 Mar 2018; LinkedIn profile, 11 Jul 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
2 2016/2017 Snowboard Cross - Upper Limb Impaired  
1 2016/2017 Banked Slalom - Upper Limb Impaired 1:10.65
1 2018/2019 Banked Slalom - Upper Limb Impaired 50.05
1 2018/2019 Snowboard Cross - Upper Limb Impaired  
2 2018/2019 Snowboard Cross Team Event  
World Cup Finals
Rank Year Event Result
7 2015/2016 Snowboard Cross - Upper Limb Impaired  
9 2015/2016 Snowboard Cross - Upper Limb Impaired  
3 2015/2016 Banked Slalom - Upper Limb Impaired 1:03.14
2 2016/2017 Snowboard Cross - Upper Limb Impaired  
2 2016/2017 Banked Slalom - Upper Limb Impaired  
1 2017/2018 Snowboard Cross - Upper Limb Impaired 1:07.84
1 2017/2018 Banked Slalom - Upper Limb Impaired 1:16.34