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Michael Kurz

Cycling

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW9

Further personal information

Family
Wife Iris, children Lea, Nils and Nele
Residence
Lesachtal, AUT
Occupation
Athlete, Teacher
Languages
English, German

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He has always loved two-wheeled sports such as cycling, free-riding and mountain biking [for which he is a former national champion]. He would ski in the winter to keep fit for these summer sports. He took up para-skiing after his accident in 1999.
Why this sport?
As an able-bodied athlete he would ski in the winter in order to keep fit. He quit para-cycling after the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens because it kept him away from his family too often. He lives in the mountains, so naturally continued with skiing.
Club / Team
Dynafit Race Team: Austria
Name of coach
Wolfgang Egger [national], AUT

International debut

Year
2003
Competing for
Austria

General interest

Hobbies
Cycling, mountain biking, rock climbing, running. (oepc.at, 20 Feb 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"He who fights may lose, but he who never fights has already lost." (michaelkurz.jimdo.com, 11 Mar 2011)
Awards and honours
He has been awarded the Silver Medal for Services to the Republic of Austria. (michaelkurz.jimdo.com, 11 Mar 2011)
Other sports
He competed in both road and track cycling at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens. Before his accident in 1999, he was a national champion in mountain biking. (michaelkurz.jimdo.com, 11 Mar 2011; freak-online.at, 12 Mar 2010; Vancouver, 12 Feb 2010)
Impairment
He broke two vertebrae in a skiing accident in France in 1999, which resulted in incomplete paraplegia. (michaelkurz.jimdo.com, 11 Mar 2011)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Torino 2006 Paralympic Winter Games (Torino, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 7.5 km Standing Final Round 6
Men's 10 km Standing Final Round 19
Men's 5 km Standing Final Round 7
Men's 12.5 km Standing Final Round 9
Athens 2004 Paralympic Games (Athens, Greece)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Road Road Race / Time Trial Bicycle CP Div 4 Final Round 6
Men's Track Individual Pursuit Bicycle CP Div 4 Qualifying 9
Men's Track 1 km Time Trial Bicycle CP Div 3/4 Final Round 17
Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games (Vancouver, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 20 km Standing Final Round 6
Men's 10 km Standing Final Round 14
Men's 1 km Sprint Standing Qualification 9999
Men's 12.5 km Individual Standing Final Round 9
Men's 3 km Pursuit Standing Qualification 19
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 7.5 km Standing Final Round 2014-03-08 12
Men's 20 km Standing Final Round 2014-03-10 10
Men's 12.5 km Standing Final Round 2014-03-11 15
Men's 1 km Sprint Standing Qualification 2014-03-12 27
Men's 15 km Standing Final Round 2014-03-14 16
Men's 10 km Standing Final Round 2014-03-16 13
2015 IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships Cable (Cable, United States of America)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Long Distance - Free Style Standing Race 1 2015-01-25 10
Men's Sprint - Classic Standing Race 1 2015-01-28 19
Men's Middle Distance - Classic Standing Race 1 2015-01-31 15