Quick Facts

Disability
Physical Impairment – Left below-elbow limb deficiency
Sport
Alpine Skiing
How acquired
Congenital
Date of Birth
June 2, 1991
Home
Barwon Heads, VIC
Occupation
Student
Started Competing
2002
First Competed for Australia
2006
Games Experience

Vancouver 2010, Sochi 2014

Heroes

His mum

Career Highlights

Sharing the podium with Matthias Lanzinger and Toby Kane at the 2013 IPC Para-alpine World Cup in Sestriere, Italy

Greatest Moment

Cadel Evans winning the 2011 Tour de France

Bio

Experienced campaigner Mitchell Gourley looked primed for success at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games, following his impressive two gold, three silver and one bronze medal haul during the 2013/14 IPC Para-alpine World Cup series.

Despite having worked hard to improve on his results from Vancouver 2010, Mitchell struck an unbelievable run of bad luck in Sochi, recording three DNFs in the men’s Giant Slalom, Slalom and Super-G, and a fifth and seventh place finish in the Super Combined and Downhill, respectively.

After crashing just metres from the finish line in the Giant Slalom, Mitchell’s hopes of winning a Paralympic medal in Sochi were dashed and he turned his attention towards PyeongChang 2018.

At the 2015 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in Panorama, Canada, Mitchell placed fourth in the Giant Slalom and fifth in the Super-G, and at the 2017 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in Tarvisio, Italy, he left his competition behind in the Super Combined to be crowned World Champion.

Mitchell, a second-term Athlete Representative of the World Para-alpine Skiing Sport Technical Committee, followed this with a gold medal win in the Giant Slalom at the 2017 IPC Alpine Skiing World Cup in Hakuba, Japan ahead of Austrian Christoph Bernhard and American Thomas Walsh.

Competing at the 2017 IPC World Cup Finals in the Super-G, Mitchell found himself in a traffic jam of competitors between second and eighth place, who all finished within 1.06 seconds of one another. Clocking a time of 1:33.33, Mitchell finished just 0.67 seconds from silver to place sixth in his race.

In his spare time Mitchell enjoys cycling, mountain biking, reading, and drinking coffee.

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Alpine Skiing Disciplines: Downhill Classification: LW6/8-2
  • Sport: Alpine Skiing Disciplines: Giant slalom Classification: LW6/8-2
  • Sport: Alpine Skiing Disciplines: Slalom Classification: LW6/8-2
  • Sport: Alpine Skiing Disciplines: Super-G Classification: LW6/8-2
  • Sport: Alpine Skiing Disciplines: Super Combined Classification: LW6/8-2