Austrian Patrick Mayrhofer is a unique athlete.
He was the first upper-limb impaired rider to win banked slalom at the World Cup in the Netherlands in 2015 and also won the prestigious ‘Big White’ competitions in Canada.
Patrick was a keen snowboarder for 9 years before being electrocuted at work in 2008, causing his left hand to be amputated. There was also damage to his leg muscles and fingers on his right hand.
In 2012, after rehabilitation, Mayrhofer was at an exhibition about prosthetics where he came across a booth being run by his national para-sport team. After discussions, he joined the team and has since become a valuable representative of his country.
In 2013-14, Mayrhofer debuted at the IPC Alpine Skiing Para-Snowboard World Cup Finals in La Molina, Spain, which is the same venue that was used for the 2015 IPC Para-Snowboard World Championships.
Patrick participated in two races at his first IPC Snowboard World Championships in 2015, taking the gold medal in the banked slalom and 5th place in the snowboard cross. He now has his sights set on the Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games.
Key competitive achievements
- Snowboard Slalom 2015: Para-World Champion
Year of birth: 1987
Classification: Snowboard upper limb
Coach: Mario Ratz
Club: ÖSV - Austrian Ski Federation
Career highlights: Gold medal in the slalom and 5th place in the snowboard cross at the 2015 Snowboard World Championships in La Molina, Spain
2014-15 Overall World Cup Winner
Equipment: Michelangelo Hand for everyday use.