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MARIN LOPEZ Alejandro
Sport Para snowboard
NPC Spain   
GenderMen
Age28
Place of BirthPetrer, ESP
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
SB-LL2
Further Personal Information
Occupation
Engineer, Motivational Speaker
Languages
English, Spanish
Higher education
Mechanical Engineering - Polytechnic University of Valencia [UPV]: Spain
Sport Specific Information
Why this sport?
He tried a number of sports as part of his rehabilitation. "I never thought about being an athlete, I did it because it made me feel happy and made me feel useful after losing my leg. I never had expectations of going to the Paralympic Games or a World Cup. I realised that I was very good at it, but I do it out of vocation and because it motivates me."
General Interest
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I always try to be the best version of myself." (Facebook profile, 15 Jun 2020)

"I am the outcome of the, 'You can't', that they have told me since I was 14 years old." (epsa.upv.es, 04 Dec 2018)
Other sports
He has competed in Para athletics at national level in Spain, winning medals in long jump and sprint events at the Spanish championships. (valledeelda.com, 14 Mar 2019)
Ambitions
To compete in the winter and summer editions of the Paralympic Games. (radioalcoy.com, 20 Nov 2019)
Impairment
His right leg was amputated below the knee as a result of a motorcycle accident in 2007 at age 14. (radioalcoy.com, 20 Nov 2019; grupocooperativocajamar.es, 13 Nov 2018)
Other information
OCCUPATION
After developing an interest in Para sports, he decided to pursue a career in mechanical engineering in order to develop new products for himself and others with impairments. He studied mechanical engineering at the Polytechnic University of Valencia and works as a mechanical engineer for Spanish medical technology company Ottobock. "Making my own prostheses was a necessity. I am from a middle/lower class family and I never had the financial resources to acquire the best products. That is when I became interested in engineering. It was my only chance to have one [a prosthesis]. I saw that a lot of innovation was being made in Formula 1 cars with materials that were not used in the world of orthopaedics, so I wanted to study and improve that sector and help people who suffer from impairments like myself. I was very satisfied when, in the end, I could make the prosthesis myself." (LinkedIn profile, 01 Feb 2021; radioalcoy.com, 20 Nov 2019; elespanol.com, 26 May 2019)

Competition Highlights (historical)
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