Origin of Impairment
Further personal information
Sport specific information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He first tried skiing at age five. He took up Para skiing six months after his stroke.
Why this sport?
He took up Para skiing as part of his rehabilitation. "At the hospital I thought, either I give up or I fight. I wanted to be able to ski again. Skiing is my number one. It has always spurred me on, not giving up, that means everything to me."
Playing the horn, swimming, travel. (Facebook page, 12 Dec 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"You can never erase the past or change it, but be prepared for the future." (Instagram profile, 11 Oct 2021)
In July 2009 he had a stroke while playing hockey for his school team in Ulm, Germany, which resulted in paralysis of the right side of his body. Doctors concluded the cause of the stroke was a hole in his heart. (Facebook page, 12 Dec 2018; schwaebische.de, 22 Nov 2010)