Karolina Wisniewska

Karolina, who is originally from Warsaw, Poland, was born with cerebral palsy that affects her muscle coordination and the strength in her lower body, along with her balance.  At the age of five she started alpine skiing as a form of physiotherapy and throughout the years grew up racing able-bodied skiers as a member of the Sunshine Ski Club in Banff, Alberta.

At age 18, she decided to try racing against competitors with a disability and was named to the Alberta Disabled Alpine Ski Team where she swept the national championships in all disciplines.  She became a member of the Canadian Para-Alpine Ski Team (CPAST) the following season where she became the World Champion in Super G at the Para-Alpine World Championships in Lech, Austria.

Karolina has competed in three Paralympic Winter Games and brought home two silver medals in 1998, two silver and two bronze medals in 2002 and two bronze in Vancouver 2010.  In 2007, she was honoured for her accomplishments with a place in the Canadian Ski Hall of Fame; she was the first Paralympian to receive this honour.  Over the course of her career, Karo has accumulated dozens of World Cup wins in all disciplines including the overall World Cup title in 2004.  However, just after winning this title she sustained a serious injury in training and decided to retire from competitive racing.

In 2007, she came out of retirement to train for the 2010 Paralympic Games and once again joined the CPAST.  Since then Karo has been on the podium several times in at IPC World Cup events.  

Karo, who has Masters in Art History from Oxford, she also worked for the Federal Secretariat overseeing the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

Medals

GamesSportEventMedal
2002 Salt Lake City ParalympicsPara-Alpine SkiingGiant Slalom - Womensilver
2002 Salt Lake City ParalympicsPara-Alpine SkiingSlalom - Womensilver
1998 Nagano ParalympicsPara-Alpine SkiingSuper G - Womensilver
1998 Nagano ParalympicsPara-Alpine SkiingGiant Slalom - Womensilver
2010 Vancouver ParalympicsPara-Alpine SkiingSlalom - Standing - Womenbronze
2010 Vancouver ParalympicsPara-Alpine SkiingSuper Combined - Standing - Womenbronze
2002 Salt Lake City ParalympicsPara-Alpine SkiingDownhill - Womenbronze
2002 Salt Lake City ParalympicsPara-Alpine SkiingSuper G - Womenbronze

Summary

Games Sport Event Result
2010 Vancouver Paralympics Para-Alpine Skiing Slalom - Standing - Women 3
2010 Vancouver Paralympics Para-Alpine Skiing Super Combined - Standing - Women 3
2002 Salt Lake City Paralympics Para-Alpine Skiing Downhill - Women 3
2002 Salt Lake City Paralympics Para-Alpine Skiing Super G - Women 3
2002 Salt Lake City Paralympics Para-Alpine Skiing Giant Slalom - Women 2
2002 Salt Lake City Paralympics Para-Alpine Skiing Slalom - Women 2
1998 Nagano Paralympics Para-Alpine Skiing Downhill - Women 6
1998 Nagano Paralympics Para-Alpine Skiing Super G - Women 2
1998 Nagano Paralympics Para-Alpine Skiing Giant Slalom - Women 2