“We fall to learn to get up again.” Pavel Bambousek took the famous quote from the cult film of the famous director Christopher Nolan “Batman Begins” as his own. At the age of seventeen, an unfortunate fall from a bridge changed his life dramatically.
At the time, he was climbing the bridge for fun with a friend. He fell from a height of ten meters and his life turned upside down. Due to a serious injury, he ended up on crutches and in a wheelchair.
“The process is clear, the first year of hospital, rehabilitation. You have to look around, see how you are doing, what you can and can’t do,” Bambousek describes his Paralympic beginnings. Life after the accident very soon directed him towards sports.
“I learned that there was a monoski discipline that he could ski in. I thought I’d give it a try,” he says, smiling when he realizes that he’s been skiing for twenty long years.
He still enjoys and fulfills riding downhill.
“I enjoy the freedom of movement and the dynamism. The accident allowed me to fulfill my dream of participating in the Olympics,” he says.
He represented the Czech Republic at the Winter Paralympic Games in Korea in 2018 and four years later in China. In four out of five races, he was in the top twenty.
According to him, Paralympians usually ride all disciplines on so-called monoskis, so they are not specialists only in slalom, for example, but ride super G or downhill. But it is not a good idea to talk about this in front of his mother, whom he tries to convince all the time that he drives carefully and slowly.
“She’s anxious, if she saw a convention, she’d probably get hit and I’d blame her,” she laughs.
Pavel Bambousek combines skiing with golf, which is a completely different discipline,
“Golf complements skiing with endurance and long concentration. In addition to physical fitness and an accurate shot, it also requires the right ability to read the terrain, which is important for choosing the right club,” says the thirty-nine-year-old athlete.
He got married last year and had a daughter.
“However, sport still has a big place in my life. This year I will participate in several foreign golf tournaments, for example the Madrid Open for Disabled Golfers in Spain. I want to win the best possible results at them. Sport is a great chance to recover after an accident or adversity return to normal life,” says Bambousek.
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