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THIESSEN Dennis
Sport Wheelchair Curling
NPC Canada   
GenderMen
Age57
Place of BirthCrystal City, MO, USA
Height1.63 m
Weight 76 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Further Personal Information
Marital status
Married
Family
Wife Helene, son Michael, daughter Katrina
Residence
Sanford, MB, CAN
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began curling in 2005 at age 43 at the Assiniboine Curling Club in Winnipeg, MB, Canada.
Why this sport?
A friend asked him to try the sport and he fell in love with it.
Club / Team
Assiniboine Memorial Curling Club: Winnipeg, MB, CAN
Name of coach
Wayne Kiel [national], CAN
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Second
Handedness
Left
Senior International Debut
Year
2013
Competing for
Canada
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Sochi, RUS
General Interest
Nicknames
Denny (Athlete, 09 Jan 2014)
Hobbies
Fishing, spending time at the lake. (Athlete, 18 Feb 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (Athlete, 18 Feb 2018)
Most influential person in career
Coach Rob Lamb. (Athlete, 18 Feb 2018)
Hero / Idol
Canadian curler Jennifer Jones. (Athlete, 09 Jan 2014)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
He listens to music before competing. (Athlete, 18 Feb 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow." (Athlete, 18 Feb 2018)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (Athlete, 18 Feb 2018)
Impairment
At age 17 he lost his left leg in a farm accident. He was helping make feed at his family's Crystal City farm when he got too close to the auger's [drilling device] power shaft, which resulted in the loss of his leg. "I never sunk into any kind of despair. I just figured, okay, this is the card I've been dealt, and I'm going to have to figure out how to play it." (carmanvalleyleader.com, 21 Mar 2013)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
1 2014 Team  
3 2018 Team  
World Championship
Rank Year Event Result
1 2012/2013 Team  
6 2014/2015 Team  
7 2015/2016 Team