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GONZÁLEZ Víctor
Sport Para snowboard
NPC Spain   
GenderMen
Age49
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
SB-LL1
Further Personal Information
Residence
Baqueira-Beret, ESP
Occupation
Athlete, Business Owner, Coach
Languages
English, Spanish
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began skiing at age four before switching to snowboard.
Why this sport?
He had been involved in snowboarding before his accident.
Name of coach
Albert Mallol [national], ESP
Training Regime
He trains up to eight hours a day.
General Interest
Nicknames
Vic (arannau.es, 24 Oct 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the Paralympic Winter Games. (rtve.es, 10 Mar 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Passion overcomes everything, because if you really love something it is hard to stop you from doing it and it is hard for you to stop doing your best at it." (Facebook page, 08 Nov 2016)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2019 World Championships in Pyha, Finland. (marca.com, 16 Mar 2018)
Impairment
In February 2015 he fractured the C5 and C6 vertebrae in his back in a snowboarding accident, and spent one year in hospital. He was first told that he would be a person with quadriplegia but he managed first to move his right big toe. (vicgonzalez.com, Aug 2015; marca.com, 16 Mar 2018; vidasinsuperables.com, 23 Feb 2018)
Other information
BUSINESS OWNER
In 2000 he founded Pura Vida School, a snowboard school in Baqueira-Beret, Spain. He also runs a surfing school in Asturias, Spain. (vicgonzalez.com, Aug 2015; elcomercio.es, 08 Mar 2018; sietediasalhama.com, 01 Apr 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
13 2018 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 1 Impaired  
12 2018 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 1 Impaired 1:21.59
World Cup Finals
Rank Year Event Result
8 2016/2017 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 1 Impaired  
10 2016/2017 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 1 Impaired  
12 2017/2018 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 1 Impaired 1:26.35
14 2017/2018 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 1 Impaired  DNF