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Sport Para alpine skiing, Para biathlon, Para cross-country
NPC France   
Place of BirthÉvian-les-Bains, FRA
Height1.74 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Simon Valverde
Further Personal Information
Morzine, FRA
Athlete, Student
Higher education
Sport Studies - IUT Annecy: France
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para Nordic skiing in late 2011.
Why this sport?
He had practised alpine skiing since 2006 and competed in the sport at the 2010 Paralympic Games in Vancouver, but was disappointed with his performance. He continued for another year until deciding to switch sports. He initially considered taking up athletics but concluded he would be more suited to Nordic skiing. "I made the switch because I found Para Nordic skiing more fitting for my disability."
Club / Team
Morzine-Avoriaz Ski Club: France
Name of coach
Benoit Gilly [national], FRA
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal in the 4x2.5km relay Para cross-country skiing event at both the 2015 and 2017 World Championships. (Athlete, 07 Mar 2018)
Most influential person in career
His first two guides Lucas Dupperex and Bertrand Hamoumraoui. (Athlete, 07 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
French alpine skier Cyprien Richard. (Athlete, 07 Mar 2018)
Awards and honours
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. (, 11 Apr 2018)
Other sports
He competed in alpine skiing at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver. (SportsDeskOnline, 31 Jan 2015)
He has had a visual impairment since age three. (, 18 Jun 2009; Athlete, 07 Mar 2018)
Other information
He has also studied physiotherapy at university, in Lyon, France. (, 28 Jan 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para alpine skiing
Rank Year Event Result
  2010 Slalom - Visually Impaired  DSQ
  2010 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired  DNF
Paralympic Games - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
11 2018 7.5km Sprint - Visually Impaired 27:02.5
5 2018 12.5km Middle - Visually Impaired 47:57.3
3 2018 15km Individual - Visually Impaired 52:53.6
Paralympic Games - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
7 2018 20km Freestyle - Visually Impaired 59:25.1
1 2018 4 x 2.5km Relay Open 22:46.6
World Championships - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
13 2014/2015 7.5km Sprint - Visually Impaired 22:50.7
7 2014/2015 15km Individual - Visually Impaired 45:55.9
5 2016/2017 12.5km Middle - Visually Impaired 33:57.7
7 2016/2017 15km Individual - Visually Impaired 45:40.4
3 2016/2017 7.5km Sprint - Visually Impaired 20:37.2
World Championships - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
8 2014/2015 20km - Visually Impaired 48:59.0
12 2014/2015 1km Sprint - Visually Impaired  
1 2014/2015 4 x 2.5km Relay Open 27:10.6
1 2016/2017 4 x 2.5km Relay Open 23:55.9
5 2016/2017 10km - Visually Impaired 23:18.8