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TUERTSCHER Heike
Sport Para alpine skiing
NPC Austria   
GenderWomen
Age30
Place of BirthFeldkirch, AUT
Height1.64 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW12-1
Further Personal Information
Marital status
Married
Family
Husband Armin Eder
Residence
Götzis, AUT
Occupation
Human Resources, Manager
Languages
English, German
Higher education
Business Administration, Economics, Human Resources
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began skiing at age five with her father. She took up Para alpine skiing at age 18 after her accident.
Why this sport?
She had skied from an early age. "It's my passion. I have been skiing almost my whole life."
Club / Team
RC Enjo Vorarlberg [AUT] / Ski For Life [AUT]:
Name of coach
Eric Digruber [national], AUT
Senior International Debut
Year
2015/2016
Competing for
Austria
Location
St. Moritz, SUI
General Interest
Hobbies
Cycling, fitness training, tennis. (vn.at, 30 Jan 2017)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2017 World Championships in Tarvisio, Italy. (heimat.vn.at, 11 Jan 2017)
Most influential person in career
Her family. (skiforlife.at, 07 Feb 2016)
Hero / Idol
Swedish alpine skier Anja Parson. (vol.at, 09 Dec 2007)
Injuries
In 2008 she broke the femur in her left leg. (vol.at, 29 Nov 2008)

Earlier in her career she twice tore the anterior cruciate ligament [ACL] in her knee, and also tore a tendon in her hand. (vol.at, 09 Dec 2007)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Even if there are stones in your way, you can build something beautiful." (olympiazentrum-vorarlberg.at, 2017)
Famous relatives
Her husband Armin Eder has represented Austria in Para alpine skiing. (roethis.at, 16 Jun 2017)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (rollstuhlclub.at, 21 Nov 2017)
Impairment
She has paraplegia after crashing while training in giant slalom in 2006 in Obergurgl, Austria. Her hand got caught in a gate and she landed in a concrete ditch, breaking her back and suffering damage to her lung, kidney and liver. She spent four months in hospital. (vol.at, 29 Nov 2008, 09 Dec 2007)
Other information
OCCUPATION
She has worked as a human resources manager at the Vorarlberg Chamber of Labour in Austria. (vol.at, 31 Mar 2017, 02 Apr 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
  2018 Giant Slalom - Sitting  DNF
3 2018 Slalom - Sitting 2:04.85
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
5 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Sitting 2:39.05
6 2016/2017 Slalom - Sitting 1:49.78