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September 29, 2013

Diego Costa scores Atlético Madrid\’s winning goal against Real Madrid

Diego Costa scores Atlético Madrid’s winning goal against Real Madrid

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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Yesterday, Atlético Madrid‘s Diego Costa scored his team’s only goal in their 1–0 victory in La Liga play over cross town rivals Real Madrid at Estadio Santiago Bernabéu in Madrid.

The goal came in the tenth minute after a pass from Koke. The goal was Costa’s eighth in this season of La Liga, and ended Real Madrid’s 30-plus–game home winning streak. The home team crowd responded to Costa’s play with chants of “Costa is not Spanish.”

Diego Costa - Álvaro Arbeloa.JPG Costa challenged Real Madrid’s Álvaro Arbeloa for the ball.
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Diego Costa - Asier Illarramendi - Diego López.JPG Costa in front of Real Madrid goal
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Diego Costa - Sergio Ramos.JPG Costa below Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos
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Diego Costa 3.JPG Costa with possession of the ball
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Real Madrid vs. Atlético Madrid September 28, 2013 05.JPG The ball in the net following Diego Costa‘s goal for Atlético
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Real Madrid vs. Atlético Madrid 28 September 2013. Diego Costa..JPGAtlético Madrid celebration following Diego Costa’s goal
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August 15, 2013

Wikinews interviews Spanish Paralympic swimmer Deborah Font

Wikinews interviews Spanish Paralympic swimmer Deborah Font

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Last Friday at Madrid–Barajas Airport, Wikinews interviewed Spanish Paralympic swimmer Deborah Font, who is competing at the 2013 IPC Swimming World Championships that started this Monday in Montreal, Canada. Font has finished second in Monday’s Women’s 100 meter Freestyle S12 Heat 1, before going on to finish fourth in the Women’s 100 meter Freestyle S12 Final with a time of 1:03.20, less than a second behind bronze medalist German Naomi Maike Schnittger.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWikinewsWikinews waves Right.png I’m Laura Hale, I’m interviewing Deborah Font for Wikinews. Deborah is going to the 2013 IPC Swimming World Championships in Montreal. You’re already a Paralympic medallist, right? You’ve won several medals at the Paralympics before?

Deborah Font: I won two medals in Sydney [2000 Summer Paralympic Games], a gold medal and bronze medal; in Athens [2004 Summer Paralympic Games] two silver medals and one bronze medal; in Beijing [2008 Summer Paralympic Games] one bronze medal; and in London 2012 Summer Paralympic Games one bronze medal. Seven in Paralympic Games.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png And in World Championships?

Deborah Font: I don’t know the exact number. Several.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png What style do you swim?

Deborah Font: 400m freestyle.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Okay, and you’re going to do that in Montreal?

Deborah Font: In Montreal I’ll do 400m freestyle.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png You think you’re going to get a medal?

Deborah Font: Yes, I’m fighting for a silver or bronze medal.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png What classification are you?

Deborah Font: S-12.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png S-12. So you have partial vision.

Deborah Font: Yeah, partial. [I can see a little.]

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Since you cannot see perfectly, when you swim, can you see the people next to you?

Deborah Font: I can see those next to me, but not perfectly. I see those near to me, but not those far from me.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Do you think about other swimmers when you swim, or is it a disadvantage because you cannot see swimmers farther away?

Deborah Font: I swim my race, and don’t see the other swimmers.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png They don’t matter when you swim? You swim against yourself, your best time?

Deborah Font: I swim against myself, I don’t see the other swimmers too much. My race, myself, I go inside myself.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Do you have any sponsors?

Deborah Font: No, no sponsors.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png How difficult is it to swim in Spain for Paralympic swimmers when you don’t have sponsors?

Deborah Font: We have a Paralympic Committee. It’s difficult having sponsors in Spain. For the Olympics, athletes don’t have many sponsors, and for Paralympics it’s more difficult.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Where are you from?

Deborah Font: Barcelona.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Is swimming more competitive in Barcelona, in Madrid…? Where do you think the best swimmers come from?

Deborah Font: They come from all Spain, but train only in Madrid or Barcelona. Most in Barcelona. (laughs)

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Is there a reason most of the swimmers train in Barcelona?

Deborah Font: There are more possibilities for training in good swimming pools. The “Centros de Alto Rendimiento” [High Performance Centres] are in Madrid or Barcelona.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Coming in into the World Championships, did you do any special training, or change how you prepare?

Deborah Font: I did special training with a coach that only trains three or four of us at the High Performance Centre.((es))

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png This is a pretty dumb question, but I know a lot of people who look at blind swimmers and they go how can they swim at a straight line? Can you clarify how people with vision impairments can actually swim?

Deborah Font: Well, in swimming it’s all technique and a lot of learning, and learning to swim by the middle of the lane involves a lot of training, habit… Perhaps it’s more difficult for completely blind people, but it’s all a matter of training, trying again and again, get to know the swimming pool… But I think the most difficult thing is to learn to swim the technique without being able to see the others, and to know what you are moving, your arm here and not there… and learning to touch the wall, it’s harder to calculate, especially when competing, because you cannot see the distance you have to the wall.((es))

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Thank you very much!



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July 19, 2013

Wikinews interviews Spanish Paralympic track and field athlete David Casinos

Wikinews interviews Spanish Paralympic track and field athlete David Casinos

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Friday, July 19, 2013

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David Casinos at the airport in Madrid before departing for France
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With the IPC Athletics World Championships scheduled to start Friday (today), Wikinews interviewed Spanish athlete David Casinos at Madrid–Barajas Airport Monday before he departed for Lyon, France.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWikinewsWikinews waves Right.png Hello I’m interviewing David Casinos, Spain’s most famous track and field athlete in Paralympic sport, for Wikinews. So you’re competing at the IPC World Championships are going to win a whole lot of medals? Which medals are you going to win?

David Casinos :Well, I’d like above all to perform well, because it would mean I’d be closer to the medals. I’m humble in that sense.((es))

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png As somebody who’s been competing a long time in track and field, how has stuff changed form when you first started out to now?

David Casinos: The biggest change I’ve seen has been with regards to media, communication, but above all the Plan ADO Paralympic. The professionalization of Plan ADO, becoming professional sportspeople. Spanish Paralympic sports is now more known to the media and in the world.((es))

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Have there been more opportunities for sponsorship as your Paralympics profile has grown?

David Casinos: Yes!

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Would you like to promote a few of them?

David Casinos: I’ve got several sponsors, one of them is Toro Loco, an energy drink, there’s also Diputación de Valencia, Fundación Trinidad Alfonso, from Juan Roig, Mercadona, Moncada which is my townhall, Valencia Terra i Mar… I may be forgetting one of them now. I’ve got several.((es))

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png In London one of the Australians said that it was time for athletics in the Paralympics to be able to become more professional and get shoe sponsorship. Do you know if any of the Spanish ones are covering shoe logos if they don’t have sponsorship? [Editor’s note: here the translator asked a different question in Spanish, about whether shoe brands were helping athletes.]((es))

David Casinos: No. This does not happen.((es))

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Is this going to be an issue? I mean is Spain at the level where it can become an issue?

David Casinos: I for example have a big sponsor, Italian Macron Sports, which also sponsors the Italian and Spanish Leagues of soccer. So I don’t have that problem. I feel very supported.((es))

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Okay. So, you’re a visual-impaired athlete, and do you run with a guide?

David Casinos: I don’t run with one, but I do need a guide to do series, jump, to do everything I need to do in training to throw very far.((es))

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png How helpful are guides in terms of how much they potentially impact outcomes, do you think?

David Casinos: For me the guide is a basic component of my daily work. When competing, they simply help you to get in and out of the field, and you do the rest, but in a daily basis what I call the backstage, the guide helps you with the weights, jumps, positions. There’s more work even, behind the competition scenes.((es))

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Spain has a long history of blind sports, compared to other countries. Do you have an explanation as to why there are so many blind athletes?

David Casinos: Well, above all we have ONCE, the organization greatly responsible for disabled people having available a series of options, including sports. And in that respect ONCE has been very pioneering. Absolutely pioneering. And that’s good. What’s happening now is that other countries are discovering their Paralympians.((es))

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Is there anything you think an international audience should know about you or the Paralympic movement in Spain?

David Casinos: I’m just another sportsperson who fights for his dream, which is sports, to surpass myself, day after day, after having a great challenge which was losing my sight. And that is the message I like to transmit to people through coaching.((es))

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Okay. ¡Muchas gracias!

David Casinos: Okay!



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July 18, 2013

Wikinews interviews Spanish Paralympic track and field athlete Elena Congost Mohedano

Wikinews interviews Spanish Paralympic track and field athlete Elena Congost Mohedano

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Elena Congost Mohedano at the airport in Madrid before departing for France
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With the IPC Athletics World Championships scheduled to start this Friday, Wikinews interviewed Spanish T12 classified long distance runner Elena Congost Mohedano at Madrid–Barajas Airport Monday before he departed for Lyon, France. Congost is scheduled to compete in the T12 1500 meters.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWikinewsWikinews waves Right.png Hello, I’m interviewing Elena Congost Mohedano who is a Spanish Paralympic athlete who won a silver in London and is going to Lyon to compete in the 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships. Having won a medal in London are you going to get another one in this one?

Elena Congost Mohedano : Yes! I train all year to go to win a medal.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Which medal?

Elena Congost Mohedano: Gold! (laughs)

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Which event?

Elena Congost Mohedano: In 1500m.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png So you’re a long distance runner. And you don’t train/run with a guide because you’re, what, T-13?

Elena Congost Mohedano: I’m T-12.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Ah. So you have a degenerative eye disease, so your vision is getting worse? ((es))

Elena Congost Mohedano: Yes.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Do you expect it to get much worse over your continued history competing?

Elena Congost Mohedano: Now it’s stalled, but next year it’s possible.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Do you plan to stick since you’ve been competing since 2002, right…?

Elena Congost Mohedano: Yes, [Unintelligible].

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Do you plan to continue running until 2020 if Madrid gets the Games?

Elena Congost Mohedano: I don’t know. (laughs) First 2016 in Rio, and then… I don’t know.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png There’s so few women competing for Spain. Is that an additional challenge as an athlete in this country?

Elena Congost Mohedano: No… In this country there are more girls in 100m, 200m and long jump. More people. In middle distance no. Two, three, four girls only.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Why do you think there’s so few women on the Spanish team? It’s like 27 total Spanish competing, and there’s like [three] women?

Elena Congost Mohedano: I don’t know… The level is high internationally, but in Spain… no more level.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Someone with a visual impairement, there’s a lot of sports you could do?

Elena Congost Mohedano: The people now are very lazy. (laughs) No one runs. (laughs)

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png With so many sporting opportunities for people with vision impairments in Spain, why did you choose track and field?

Elena Congost Mohedano: When I was young, my dream was to become an athlete. I saw them in tv, in races, and I told my parents “my wish is to win a gold medal in the Olympics!”

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Is there any particular athlete you remember from when you were young being particularly inspiring?

Elena Congost Mohedano: No.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Spain has these really distinctive uniforms. The colors… Do people ever comment to you about them? Because in the US they were like, “your uniforms look like McDonald’s!”((es))

Elena Congost Mohedano: (laughs) In London, everyone said they were not good… They said we looked like clowns. But this one now is…redder. Better.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png As somebody who’s been competing for more than ten years, has there been a big change in the Paralympic movement from your perspective?

Elena Congost Mohedano: Yes! Every year the level is higher. In the Paralympics, every four years I increase my performance level.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Do you think that the increased competition has made you a better athlete?

Elena Congost Mohedano: Yes! Yes.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Thank you very much!

Elena Congost Mohedano: Okay!



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July 17, 2013

Wikinews interviews Spanish Paralympic track and field athlete Alberto Suárez Laso

Wikinews interviews Spanish Paralympic track and field athlete Alberto Suárez Laso

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Alberto Suárez Laso at the airport in Madrid before departing for France
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With the IPC Athletics World Championships scheduled to start this Friday, Wikinews interviewed Spanish T12 classified long distance runner Alberto Suárez Laso at Madrid–Barajas Airport Monday before he departed for Lyon, France. Suárez is scheduled to compete in two events, the T12 5,000 meters and marathon events.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWikinewsWikinews waves Right.png Hi this is Laura Hale. I’m interviewing Alberto Suárez, who is a visually-impaired runner competing for Spain in the IPC World Championships. What events are you doing?((es))

Alberto Suárez Laso : Marathon and 5000m.((es))

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png You have a World Record? Are you going to smash it and give Spain a gold medal?((es))

Alberto Suárez Laso: This time it’s a bit complicated because I’m going a bit injured.((es))

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Ah. You finished second in London [the 2012 Summer Paralympics?((es))

Alberto Suárez Laso : I finished first.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png The injury has impacted you training?((es))

Alberto Suárez Laso : For the last three weeks I’ve been doing gym and walking machine only. I have pain in my Achilles tendon.((es))

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png So, as someone who writes from an international perspective, do you think Spain’s got all that stuff to help you properly? The medical support, stuff to help you recuperate and be a great runner?

Alberto Suárez Laso : I hope so. We’re there, they’ve been treating me very well and I hope to be able to run without pain, which is the most important thing. I’ve got the training, but I need to remove that pain.((es))

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Do you run with a guide?

Alberto Suárez Laso : No.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Okay, so are you T-13?

Alberto Suárez Laso : T-12.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Oh. So it’s optional for a guy at T-12?

Translator : He could, but he’s not too badly impaired. He can run by himself.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png So is your preference to run without a guide?

Alberto Suárez Laso : It’s complicated because of the pace I run at. I would require several guides, and it’s hard to find them.((es))

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Do most of your competitors run with guides?

Alberto Suárez Laso : Not among the first ones. Well, there are a couple that do run with guides, but the rest don’t.((es))

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Is there anything you would like to say about this competition coming up that people from an international sporting community would find valuable to know?

Alberto Suárez Laso : Mm, I don’t know what to say!

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Okay. Thank you very much!((es))

Alberto Suárez Laso : You’re welcome!((es))



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July 16, 2013

Wikinews interviews Spanish Paralympic track and field athlete Gustavo Nieves Campello

Wikinews interviews Spanish Paralympic track and field athlete Gustavo Nieves Campello

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Laura Hale interviews Gustavo Nieves Campello for Wikinews

Gustavo Nieves Campello at the airport in Madrid before departing for France
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With the IPC Athletics World Championships scheduled to start this Friday, Wikinews interviewed Spanish T12 classified long distance runner Gustavo Nieves Campello at Madrid–Barajas Airport yesterday before he departed for Lyon, France. Nieves is scheduled to compete in two events, the T12 5,000 and 10,000 meter events.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWikinewsWikinews waves Right.png Hello this is Laura Hale, I’m interviewing Gustavo Nieves Campello for English Wikinews. You’re competing at the IPC Athletics World Championships in Lyon. What events?

Gustavo Nieves Campello : 5000m and 10000m.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png And are you one of Spain’s medal favorites?

Gustavo Nieves Campello : Not…really. Bronze medal, maybe. It’s difficult. The African runners are very good.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Do you think coming from Spain and competing in Europe you have an advantage over the Africans who have to travel more?((es))

Gustavo Nieves Campello : No, I don’t think I am a favorite.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Who else are you competing with? Are there any Australians or New Zealanders you have to beat to have to come longer?((es))

Gustavo Nieves Campello : No, there are no Australians in the event.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png You’re vision-impaired? Do you run with a guide?

Gustavo Nieves Campello : Yes, and no.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png So how bad is your vision in terms of impacting your running compared to people who’ve got full sight?((es))

Gustavo Nieves Campello : Blurry vision and tunnel vision.((es))

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png You lost your sight at 17? Really suddenly? You did Athletics before?((es))

Gustavo Nieves Campello : Yes, at 17. Before I played football.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Oh, that’s right, you considered becoming a pro football player. And you never considered five-a-side football?

Gustavo Nieves Campello : No, no. I began to run and here I am.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Thank you very much!

Gustavo Nieves Campello : Thank you.



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July 6, 2013

San Fermín de los Navarros church in Madrid celebrates patron day

San Fermín de los Navarros church in Madrid celebrates patron day

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Saturday, July 6, 2013

Earlier today, San Fermín de los Navarros church in Madrid, Spain celebrated its patron saint day with a small festival in the street outside of and in the courtyard of the church with over two hundred people in attendance. The patron saint day, San Fermín, marks the start of the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona.

The celebration, called “Chupinazo“, started in Madrid with a rocket being launched at noon. Following this, music was played, and sausages from the Navarre region of Spain called Chistorras were given to festival goers. Free bread and wine were also given out. Many attendees wore red handkerchiefs adorned with shields of Navarre. The church sold handkerchiefs and other commerative materials, while using the event to solicit funds to fix the roof.

People gathered outside San Fermín de los Navarros church
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A sign announced the day
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People gathered on the street socializing, talking and eating free bread, Chistorras and wine.
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A view down the table set up on the street.
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Another view down the table on the street.
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People sharing a plate of Chistorras.
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Wine and water being served.
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People enjoying the wine.
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February 26, 2013

Wikinews interviews Irene Villa

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Yesterday evening in La Molina, Spain, Wikinews sat down and talked with Irene Villa to discuss para-alpine skiing, disability sport, women’s sport, and her own sporting career. Villa was in town as part of activities taking place around the 2013 IPC Alpine World Championships, where one of her skiing club teammates is competing as a member of the Spanish team. Her high profile in Spain has brought additional interest to para-alpine skiing and disability sport in general.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWikinewsWikinews waves Right.png: Hi we are interviewing Irene Villa, who is a disability skier from Spain and professional author, social figure, journalist, and psychologist. You are most well known for being a terrorist survivor, but you’re here because of the [2013 Alpine Skiing] World Championships.((es))

Irene Villa: I’m here because I love sitting ski, I practice and I compete, but since I got pregnant and my son was born I stopped competing. But before I had my son I competed against the people who will run tomorrow, the Germans who win, and I wanted to be here. I haven’t raced in the World Cup, but I did race in the European Cup. And well, I’m also here to support paralympic sports.((es))

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png: In 2009 you said you were trying to make the 2010 Winter Paralympics. After giving birth are you going to continue with the sport and hope to make 2018?((es))

Irene Villa: I would love to. The thing is that you need a certain amount of IPCAS points. I’m now competing, on top of that I have an injury, tomorrow and the next day I will be training, and I don’t know if I’ll have enough time to make it. Sochi [Winter Paralympic Games of 2014] is right around the corner, next year, so it depends on how many point you’ve got. 2018? For sure.((es))

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Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png: You compete in a lot of national competitions, and with disability sport in general, classification is a big issue. Competing in national competitions, does classification come into play, especially when there is so few women skiers in your group?((es))

Irene Villa: Yes, certainly. You see, I have an advantage because I have buttocks, I have abs. I have an advantage over a teammate who has a spinal injury here [points to the high part of the back] and also competes. So of course classification is very important because we cannot have an advantage. I believe in competing in equal fairness, and disabilities vary so much that you need a good classification. Issues because of classification? Well, I think we are pretty well classified. For example, my fingers [shows hand where she lost three fingers] are not taken into account in classification, there’s always going to be a small detail that they don’t count. This is a disadvantage when holding the outrigger, and yet I’m classified like someone who is missing half a leg, for example. I’m missing both legs and three fingers. But, it’s really complicated to finetune it… Because then we would need to have twenty thousand classifications. This is what we have.((es))

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png: Some of the skiers I’ve talked to in the mens’ side, not in Spain, but from other countries, have complained about the quality of womens’ skiing, and that there’s not enough high quality competition. That’s why I was interested in if classification was impacting women’s skiing because there is so few women skiers, that classes seem they’d make it harder to find competitors in classes that are making the sport equitable and fair.((es))

Irene Villa: Of course. In the case of the women, it is really hard to get a woman skiing, to have her compete in sit-ski. In fact, in Spain we exist thanks to Fundación También, which insisted in there being a female category. There was no female category, no women who dared. And we’re the same who started out in 2007. There has been no new blood because women don’t dare, because it is a tough sport, that requires sponsors —that do not exist—, or your own money, and it also demands courage and withstanding bad moments. I’ve suffered cold and injuries, and had some really tough times. You take away the best with you, but it is very hard, and men resist the cold better.((es))

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png: Your personal experiences have adequately prepared you to hurl yourself down the mountain at high speed? ((es))

Irene Villa: At the beginning, it was very scary. The first times were very hard: falls, injuries… I even dislocated my vertebra and got a prothesis for the neck because of a hernia, one teammate broke her clavicle, another her femur… It has a lot of risks, but the truth is, speed hooks you! Once you learn to plant the ski pole, angle yourself, learn the position you must use, which is like a motorcycle rider’s, once you see you can run a lot and not fall, speed is addictive and you want to go faster.((es))

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png: Most of the ski team looks like they come from the Madrid area? From the Fundación También?((es))

Irene Villa: In my team we are from everywhere in Spain. Even Nathalie Carpanedo is from France.((es))

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png: How does a Frenchwoman become a Spanish skier?((es))

Irene Villa: Because she lives in Madrid. She has the Spanish nationality. Then we have another woman from the South of Spain, in Andalusia, from Tarragona in Catalonia, from Galicia… We are from all parts of Spain.((es))

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png: So there’s a national ski culture. People think of Spain as a place with beaches and no snow.((es))

Irene Villa: There’s not too much tradition of paralympic skiing, to be true. There’s less. But we do have Sierra Nevada and the Pyrenees.((es))

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png: The Paralympics in Spain are supported by the Plan ADO Paralímpico. Do they provide enough support to women and to winter sports in general?((es))

Irene Villa: The people in the national squad, like Úrsula Pueyo, would know that. If Plan ADO helps someone, it’s the people in the national team, those who dedicate their lives to the sport. They offered it to me when I was at my peak, in 2010, when I won my first gold medals and wasn’t yet married. They offered me to move to Baqueira, where Úrsula lives, with Nathalie, and with a Catalan girl too, but I declined, because when you have a life, a daily job, events, conferences, travels…. you can’t leave it all for the sport. But I think the Plan does help the people who dedicate themselves to the sport, like Úrsula.((es))

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png: When I’ve read about disability skiing in Spain for women, they talk about you and they talk about Teresa Silva. Is there a way to get more attention for women skiers on that level, outside of using you and Teresa Silva as a vehicle? Not that you are not great for drawing attention! But how do you draw more attention to women’s sports and high quality that women are capable of doing?((es))

Irene Villa: Oh, I would like that more people would join this sport or any other disability sport, that they practised it. And what we do is try to encourage them through the media, interviews, conferences… Teresa is the director of Fundación También, and she has access to talk with many people. As a speaker in motivation conferences and the like, I make people aware of it too. But it is difficult, because people try it out and love it, but will not race. Because racing is very risky and, well, you saw the slopes yesterday, sometimes they are hard, like a wall, and falling can be awful. But when we get the chance, we promote the sport and try to attract people that way, encouraging them to join this adventure that is sport.((es))

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png: As an outsider from, not Spain, I know you are a political figure. Has that gotten in the way of your ability to be a sportswoman? ((es))

Irene Villa: No… Besides, that part about me being a political figure… I have nothing to do with politics. I don’t know why people always… Why? Because of what happened to me. I was a kid. A 12 year old has nothing to do with politics. We know too that ETA has attacked people who had nothing to do with politics as well. My mother was a police director. What may have interfered is the fact that since I was a known figure I’ve tried that other people…. Let’s see, for example I started doing sport so other people would know you could do sport. So it is true that the fact of being known has pushed me to do more things that I would’ve probably not have done. Because I wanted to show people that you could ski. And I ended up hooked. I only did it for a tv reportage. “Okay okay, a reportage and let’s have people know that yes, we can”. In fact, my book is titled “Knowing that you can” [Saber que se puede, in Spanish]. Later I got hooked. But the fact of being known motivates you to show other people a path that could be very beneficial to them, and at the end you get addicted to it.((es))

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png: When all is said and done, what do you kind of want your legacy to be? Do you want to be known as Irene Villa, disability sport advocate figure? Do you want to be known like Jon Santacana, or do you want to be known as somebody who has pushed the boundaries in other areas? ((es))

Irene Villa: As something more. I’d like my testimony to go beyond sport, which is what I try to do around the world, besides telling people you can do it. It’s about the capacity of a person to make herself, to be happy, to overcome resentment, to love herself, and to love others. I think that is the most important thing. And that’s the basis. I think sport is something that completes your life, mentally and physically. It’s very important. But my message is forgiveness, happiness and hope.((es))

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png: Thank you very much!((es))



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February 20, 2013

Spaniard Jon Santacana wins downhill at 2013 IPC Alpine World Championships

Spaniard Jon Santacana wins downhill at 2013 IPC Alpine World Championships

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Miguel Galindo (front) and Jon Santacana (behind) cross the finish line in the downhill. With this race they won the event and became World Champions.
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This morning Spanish para-alpine skier Jon Santacana won the gold in the men’s visually impaired downhill at the IPC Alpine World Championships, which are taking place from February 20 to 27, 2013 at La Molina, Spain, and became the first winner of the Championships.

Santacana and his guide, Miguel Galindo Garcés, came in first in the downhill event to the joy of the local fans who had come to support the skiers. Italian Alessandro Daldoss won the silver medal, and Canadian Chris Williamson won the bronze.

Santacana won gold in the Super-G, Super Combined, and Giant slalom events in the last World Championships held in Sestriere, Italy, in 2011, in which he also won silver in Downhill and Slalom. At the most recent Winter Paralympics, he earned a gold in the Downhill.

Born in San Sebastián, this para-alpine skier classified as B2 is considered Spain’s best hope for the 2014 Winter Paralympics to be held in Sochi, Russia.



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Spaniard Jon Santacana wins the downhill at IPC Alpine World Championships

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Miguel Galindo (front) and Jon Santacana (behind) cross the finish line in the downhill. With this race they won the event and became World Champions.
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This morning Spanish para-alpine skier Jon Santacana won the gold in the men’s visually impaired downhill at the IPC Alpine World Championships, which are taking place from February 20 to 27, 2013 at La Molina, Spain, and became the first winner of the Championships.

Santacana and his guide, Miguel Galindo Garcés, came in first in the downhill event to the joy of the local fans who had come to support the skiers. Italian Alessandro Daldoss won the silver medal, and Canadian Chris Williamson won the bronze.

Santacana won gold in the Super-G, Super Combined, and Giant slalom events in the last World Championships held in Sestriere, Italy, in 2011, in which he also won silver in Downhill and Slalom. At the most recent Winter Paralympics, he earned a gold in the Downhill.

Born in San Sebastián, this para-alpine skier classified as B2 is considered Spain’s best hope for the 2014 Winter Paralympics to be held in Sochi, Russia.



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