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Mario Hochberg



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Wife Melanie, son Hans
Gotha, GER
English, German

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport at age 19 in Budapest, Hungary.
Why this sport?
He tried powerlifting before his accident and enjoyed it.
Club / Team
BIG Gotha: Germany
Name of coach
Thomas Mersdorf [national], GER
Training Regime
He trains four times a week.

International debut

Competing for
European Championship
Budapest, HUN

General interest

Icebar (Athlete, 08 Feb 2012)
Cycling, playing basketball with his son, handcycling, browsing the internet. (Athlete, 08 Feb 2012)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the Paralympic Games. (Athlete, 26 Aug 2012)
Most influential person in career
His coach. (Athlete, 08 Feb 2012)
Hero / Idol
US shot putter Christian Cantwell, German javelin thrower Steffi Nerius. (, 10 Apr 2010)
He suffered a triceps tear in training prior to the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. "After the diagnosis and a long discussion with my doctor and coach, we decided to compete in London." (, 19 Sep 2012)

An injury to his left elbow meant he was ruled out of the 2010 World Championships in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He had to have an operation and needed six months to recover. (Athlete, 08 Feb 2012;, 07 Mar 2011, 08 Jul 2010)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Never give up." (Athlete, 08 Feb 2012)
He was involved in a work accident in 1995 which resulted in paraplegia. He was working as a roofer and fell from a height of six metres. (, 09 Jun 2013)
Other information
Due to health problems he was forced to pull out of his plans to participate at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The health issues resulted in a five-week stay in hospital in Bad Wildungen, Germany. (, 20 May 2016)


Unit Date Rank
Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games (Sydney, Australia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's -100 kg Final Round 11
IPC Powerlifting World Championships Kuala Lumpur 2002 (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's -100 kg Final Round 5
Athens 2004 Paralympic Games (Athens, Greece)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's -100 kg Final Round 9999
IPC Powerlifting World Championships Busan 2006 (Busan, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's -100 kg Final Round 7
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's +100 kg Final Round 5
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's -100 kg Final Round 2012-09-05 10
2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Up to 88.00 kg MD Final 2014-04-09 20