Three reasons why Martin Fleig loves skiing

As one of Germany’s top Nordic skiers, Fleig is preparing for his home World Championships in Finsterau from 10-19 February. 04 Feb 2017
Martin Fleig of Germany competes at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games.

Martin Fleig of Germany competes at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games.


Germany’s Martin Fleig is gearing up to compete in his home World Para Nordic Skiing Championships in just over one week’s time in Finsterau.

He is heading to the Bavarian Forest on the back of his first win in the biathlon World Cup for two years. He took the victory in the biathlon middle distance sitting at the Western Center in the Ukraine in the final race before the World Championships begin.

As Germany’s top male sit-skier he is desperate to do well there and is hoping to improve on his bronze medal in the middle distance from the 2015 World Championships in Cable, USA.

The 27-year-old is currently ranked third in the men’s biathlon sitting World Cup after two rounds.

Here he talks about why he loves skiing.

Being outside

“I love to ski outside, because I love doing sports outside in the winter.”

Freedom to move

“I love that I am able to move on snow, even though I have impairment.”

Respect from others

“It is good to know that other people admire you for what you are doing.”


The 2017 World Para Nordic Skiing Championships will gather the 135 of the world’s best biathletes and cross-country skiers from 25 countries and will be held in Finsterau, Germany, between 10-19 February.

All competitions will be livestreamed at

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