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DAVIET Benjamin
Sport Para biathlon, Para cross-country
NPC France   
GenderMen
Age29
Place of BirthAnnecy, FRA
Height1.70 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW2
Further Personal Information
Residence
Le Grand-Bornand, FRA
Occupation
Serves in the Army
Languages
French
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began practising the sport at age 21.
Why this sport?
"For the beauty of sport."
Club / Team
Handisport Annecien [FRA] / Equipe de France Militaire de Ski [FRA]:
Training Regime
His training programme involves biking, roller skiing and weight training.
Senior International Debut
Year
2011
Competing for
France
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning his first Paralympic medal [bronze] in the mixed 4x2.5km open relay at the 2014 Games in Sochi. Winning gold in the mixed 4x2.5k open relay at the 2015 World Championships in Cable, WI, United States of America, and winning his first Paralympic gold medal in the biathlon sprint event at the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang. (paralympic.org, 31 Oct 2016; ledauphine.com, 17 Dec 2018)
Hero / Idol
Norwegian biathlete Ole Einar Bjorndalen, French biathlete Martin Fourcade. (ski-nordique.net, 17 Nov 2016)
Awards and honours
He was the recipient of the 2018 Chef Brigadier Alexis Vastine Award, which is given to the Best High Performance Athlete of the Year within the French army sports team. (defense.gouv.fr, 12 Oct 2018)

In 2018 he was named a Knight of the National Order of the Legion of Honour by the French government, in recognition of his performances at the 2018 Paralympic Games in Pyeongchang. (nordicmag.info, 11 Apr 2018)

He was France's flag bearer at the closing ceremony of the 2018 Paralympic Games in Pyeongchang. (paralympic.org, 18 Mar 2018)
Other sports
He competed in cross-country skiing and biathlon at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (paralympic.org, 2016)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2019 World Championships in Prince George, BC, Canada. (rcf.fr, 04 Dec 2018)
Impairment
He injured his left knee in a moped accident at age 17. While in hospital he acquired a nosocomial infection [Hospital Acquired Infection], which permanently affected the use of the knee. (ski-nordique.net, 17 Nov 2016; Athlete, 07 Mar 2014)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
7 2014 7.5km Sprint - Standing 21:14.5
9 2014 12.5km Middle - Standing 34:47.8
1 2018 7.5km Sprint - Standing 19:43.1
1 2018 12.5km Middle - Standing 38:55.5
2 2018 15km Individual - Standing 47:04.7
Paralympic Games (Overall) - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
7 2014 1km Sprint Freestyle - Standing 4:10.3
3 2014 4 x 2.5km Relay Open 25:30.3 
8 2014 10km Freestyle - Standing 27:19.4
2 2018 20km Freestyle - Standing 51:26.7
1 2018 4 x 2.5km Relay Open 22:46.6
World Championships - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
14 2012/2013 7.5km Sprint - Standing 26:33.0
10 2012/2013 12.5km Middle - Standing 42:15.8
2 2014/2015 7.5km Sprint - Standing 18:47.9
3 2014/2015 15km Individual - Standing 39:42.0
2 2016/2017 12.5km Middle - Standing 31:14.3
1 2016/2017 15km Individual - Standing 38:33.7
3 2016/2017 7.5km Sprint - Standing 18:57.2
1 2018/2019 12.5km Middle - Standing 36:24.4
1 2018/2019 7.5km Sprint - Standing 20:17.0
1 2018/2019 15km Individual - Standing 42:22.2
World Championships - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
7 2012/2013 1km Sprint - Standing  
  2012/2013 20km - Standing  DNS
4 2012/2013 4 x 2.5km Relay Open 26:34.4
5 2012/2013 10km - Standing 28:47.2
2 2014/2015 20km - Standing 44:15.9
2 2014/2015 1km Sprint - Standing  
1 2014/2015 4 x 2.5km Relay Open 27:10.6
1 2016/2017 4 x 2.5km Relay Open 23:55.9
1 2016/2017 10km - Standing 21:52.9
1 2018/2019 10km Freestyle - Standing 27:22.0
1 2018/2019 Sprint Freestyle - Standing