Quick Facts

Sport
Alpine Skiing
Date of Birth
February 1, 1997
Home
Cooriemungle, VIC
Occupation
Athlete
Started Competing
2009
First Competed for Australia
2016
Heroes

Mikaela Shiffrin

Career Highlights

Making her World Championship debut at the 2017 IPC Para-alpine World Championships in Tarvisio, Italy

Bio

Lara Falk looks a chance to hit the slopes at the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games following a stellar 2016/17 season as the sighted guide to vision impaired alpine skier Patrick Jensen.

Skiing ahead of Patrick, she issues voice commands and information about changes in pitch, rhythm and snow conditions, all the while racing at speeds of up to 105km/h.

Initially aiming to compete at Beijing 2022, the duo are working hard to achieve genuine medal contender-status for PyeongChang 2018, gaining crucial international experience at the 2017 IPC Para-alpine Europa Cup in Veysonnaz, Switzerland, where they posted career-best scores in the men’s Giant Slalom and Super-G to finish third in both events.

Off the back of these results, Lara and Patrick made their World Championship debut at the 2017 IPC Para-alpine World Championships in Tarvisio, Italy, a moment which ranks among the highlights of her career to date. There they clocked a combined time of 1:47.91 to finish ninth in a competitive field of 29 in the Slalom.

Cooriemungle local Lara’s is inspired by American alpine ski racer and Olympic gold medallist Mikaela Shiffrin, whose success she hopes to match by working hard to achieve the best possible result.

Lara began a Bachelor of Urban, Rural and Environmental Planning at La Trobe University, Melbourne, before deferring in early 2016. In 10 years’ time she pictures herself in resort management, but for now spends her time watching House of Cards, surfboat and riverboat rowing, and surf lifesaving.

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Alpine Skiing Disciplines: Downhill Classification: Sighted guide
  • Sport: Alpine Skiing Disciplines: Giant Slalom Classification: Sighted guide
  • Sport: Alpine Skiing Disciplines: Slalom Classification: Sighted guide
  • Sport: Alpine Skiing Disciplines: Super-G Classification: Sighted guide