Martin Fleig is hoping to defend his two world titles in the men’s biathlon middle and long distance sitting at Prince George 2019.
The German showed good signs at the beginning of the 2018/19 season, taking one silver and two bronze in biathlon, and one bronze in cross-country skiing across two World Cups.
The 2017-18 season was no ordinary milestone in his career. Fleig claimed his first Winter Paralympic medal, gold in the men’s biathlon long distance sitting. It was one of Germany’s seven titles at PyeongChang 2018.
Two years ago, he got the chance to compete at his home World Championships in Finsterau, Germany, with the crowd carrying him to his first world titles - two biathlon golds and one bronze as well as bronze in cross-country long distance.
He not only claimed his first world titles, but also finished top of the biathlon World Cup overall rankings, helped by two victories at the PyeongChang 2018 Test Event.
It will not be easy for Fleig to repeat such performances in Prince George, Canada, as the field gets more competitive.
Fleig began skiing at the age of nine and started competing just two years later at the tender age of 11. His senior international debut for Germany came in 2006.
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was initially disheartened by the sport, but his mother encouraged him to keep practising and at age 11 he started to take it more seriously. "I like taking on challenges and staying fit."
He was named the 2012 Sportsman of the Year in Freiburg, Germany. (regiotrends.de, 03 Mar 2013)
In 2019 he left his parents' home and began living alone for the first time. "I will have my own flat to live in. During 2019 my girlfriend is planning to join me there. That could be a very big deal for me I guess, because I will have to manage the daily training, job and household things all by myself. I am really excited to see how that will work." (paralympic.org. 10 Dec 2018)
He works as a clerk at the Breisgau-Hochschwarzwald district office in Germany. (drs.org, 13 Feb 2019; Athlete, 08 Mar 2018)
|Men's Sprint - Classic Sitting||Final||2013-02-25||7|
|Men's Short Distance Sitting||Final||2013-02-28||13|
|Men's Middle Distance Sitting||Final||2013-03-01||9|
|Men's Long Distance Sitting||Final||2013-03-03||19|
|Men's Middle Distance - Classic Sitting||Final||2013-03-05||16|
|Men's 7.5 km Sitting||Final Round||2014-03-08||9|
|Men's 12.5 km Sitting||Final Round||2014-03-11||9|
|Men's 1 km Sprint Sitting||Semifinal||2014-03-12||11|
|Men's 15 km Sitting||Final Round||2014-03-14||8|
|Men's 10 km Sitting||Final Round||2014-03-16||8|
|Men's Short Distance Sitting||Race 1||2015-01-24||8|
|Men's Middle Distance Sitting||Race 1||2015-01-27||3|
|Men's Sprint - Classic Sitting||Race 1||2015-01-28||7|
|Men's Long Distance Sitting||Race 1||2015-01-30||13|
|Men's Middle Distance - Classic Sitting||Race 1||2015-01-31||4|
|Men's Middle Distance Sitting||Final||2017-02-11||1|
|Men's Sprint - Free Style Sitting||Final||2017-02-12||11|
|Men's Long Distance Sitting||Final||2017-02-14||1|
|Men's Long Distance - Classic Sitting||Final||2017-02-16||3|
|Men's Sprint Sitting||Final||2017-02-18||3|
|Men's Middle Distance - Free Style Sitting||Final||2017-02-19||5|
|Men's 7.5km Sitting||Final||2018-03-10||6|
|Men's 12.5km Sitting||Final||2018-03-13||4|
|Men's 15km Sitting||Final||2018-03-16||1|
|Men's 7.5km Sitting||Final||2018-03-17||7|
|4x2.5km Open Relay||Final||2018-03-18||7|
|Men's Middle Distance Sitting||Final||2019-02-16||4|
|Men's Middle Distance - Free Style Sitting||Final||2019-02-17||1|
|Men's Sprint Sitting||Final||2019-02-20||2|
|Men's Long Distance Sitting||Final||2019-02-21||2|
|Men's Long Distance - Classic Sitting||Final||2019-02-24||1|