Thomas Grochar

Thomas began doing sports at a very young age. Passionate about football he played competitively with the Klagenfurt wheelchair footballers . Many of his team mates also skied sparking Thomas’s interest in the sport.

Thomas was 12 when he first put on skis and 14 when he competed in his first race. Following initial successes within the youth team, he was made a member of the Austrian National Ski Team during the 2011/2012 season.

After completing an orthopaedic technician apprenticeship, Thomas has change careers and is now training to be a customs official with the . Federal Ministry of Finance. The Ministry has its own sports team and as a member Thomas is in a very fortunate position. Working for an employer that supports his sporting career gives him the flexibility and stability essential for a National team athlete, as well as a long-term career opportunity.

Key competitive achievemets:

  • Member of world champion team at the 2013 World Championships in La Molina
  • 5th place in the slalom at Paralympic debut at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games

Key Facts

Nationality: Austrian

Year of birth: 1993

Sport: Para-alpine Skiing

Classification: LW2

Coach: Eric Digruber

Home team/club: ÖSV – Österreichischer Skiverband (Austrian Ski-Federation)

Equipment:

For sport: 3S80 and 1E90 for running and training

For everyday: Genium X3

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