Felix Brunner

Alpine Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW10-1

Further personal information

Occupation
Motivational Speaker
Languages
German
Higher education
Sports Marketing - Bavarian Academy for Advertising and Marketing: Munich, GER

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began monoskiing in January 2013.
Why this sport?
He had been a mountain sport fanatic since his childhood, and the sport allowed him to return to the mountains.

International debut

Year
2013
Competing for
Germany

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Handcycling across the Alps from Fussen, Germany, to Lake Garda, Italy, in 2013. (felixbrunner.de, 28 Jan 2021)
Most influential person in career
His family. (rehacare.de, 23 Aug 2017)
Injuries
He dislocated his right shoulder during the 2016 European Cup event in Obersaxen, Switzerland. He underwent surgery and returned to training in October 2016. In December 2016 he announced he would not be competing at the 2017 World Championships in Tarvisio, Italy, due to the injury. (fuessenaktuell.de, 04 Apr 2016; bvs-bayern.com, 01 Mar 2016; kreisbote.de, 25 Dec 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Never give up." (felixbrunner.de, 28 Jan 2021)
Awards and honours
In 2014 he received the Best Newcomer award from the 5 Stars Speaker agency. (Facebook page, 26 Apr 2017)
Other sports
In 2013 he became the first wheelchair user [using a handcycle] to cross the Alps on a mountain bike route. (kreisbote.de, 28 Aug 2013)
Impairment
At age 19 he was on the return trip from an ice climbing tour when he fell 30 metres into a gorge. His injuries included shattering his left hip. He was in the intensive care unit of hospital for 13 months, including eight months in an artificial coma. He required more than 60 operations and more than 800 units of blood to keep him alive. (felixbrunner.de, 2015; kreisbote.de, 28 Aug 2013)
Other information
AUTHOR
He released a book about his life in October 2017, titled 'Aufwachen. Der Horizont ist nicht das Ende' [Wake up. The Horizon is not the End]. (felixbrunner.de, 28 Jan 2021)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
He has served as an ambassador for the Blood Donor Service of the Bavarian Red Cross in Germany. He also worked as sports manager for German biathlete Philipp Nawrath in the lead-up to the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (felixbrunner.de, 28 Jan 2021; Facebook page, 26 Apr 2017)