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Josef Giesen

Nordic Skiing
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Biography

Impairment information

Classification
LW5/7, LW5/7

Further personal information

Residence
Herzlake, GER
Languages
German
Higher education
Draughting

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up para-Nordic skiing in 1994.

General interest

Nicknames
Yupp (Vancouver, 12 Feb 2010)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Live every day with all your awareness and enjoy your life." (nordski.de, 31 Dec 2008)
Awards and honours
In 2010 he was given the Fair Play Award by the German Interior Ministry for Sport [BMI]. (dosb.de, 19 Oct 2010)

In 2010 he was decorated with the Silberne Lorbeerblatt Award [Silver Bay Laurel Leaf]. (bmi.bund.de, 30 Apr 2010)
Impairment
He was born with severely underdeveloped arms as a result of Thalidomide, a drug responsible for many birth defects during the 1960s. He cannot carry ski poles, and operates his rifle with the aid of a special device that incorporates a string with a ring end which he uses with his mouth to fire. (abendblatt.de, 15 Mar 2010)
Other information
CLIMB FOR CHARITY
In 2004 he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. For every 100 metres he ascended he was supported with a predetermined amount by sponsors. The climb was to support a German child protection agency and to promote skiing for people with impairments. (dosb.de, 19 Oct 2010)