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    Markus Rehm

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    Germany Germany Para athletics 22 August 1988

    Goppingen, Germany

    Markus Rehm of Germany competes in the Men's Long Jump T44 Finalat the London 2017 World Para Athletics Championships.

    Biography

    Human Interest
    Data Value
    Impairment Information
    Type of Impairment Limb deficiency
    Origin of Impairment Acquired
    Classification T64, F64
    Further Personal Information
    Residence Leverkusen, GER
    Occupation Athlete, Technician
    Languages German, English
    Sport Specific Information
    When and where did you begin this sport? He took up athletics at age 20 in Leverkusen, Germany.
    Why this sport? "My first contact with athletics was in 2008. I was at a trade fair when an athlete [German Para sprinter Heinrich Popow] saw me jumping on a trampoline. I had done some athletics when I was younger and he brought me back into it." An official from the TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen club gave him his first running blade. "At the time I was learning to be a prosthetist so I knew how expensive blades were and I refused to accept it but he insisted. He said it was 'an investment for the future'. I will never forget it. That was a life-changing moment."
    Club / Team TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen: Germany
    Name of coach Steffi Nerius [club], GER
    International Debut
    Year 2009
    Competing for Germany
    General Interest
    Nicknames Blade Jumper (bbc.co.uk, 20 Feb 2016)
    Hobbies Wakeboarding. (markus-rehm-88.de, 2018)
    Memorable sporting achievement Winning a total of three gold medals at the Paralympic Games in 2012 and 2016. (Athlete, 17 Jul 2017)
    Most influential person in career Coach Steffi Nerius. (Athlete, 17 Jul 2017)
    Injuries He suffered from a knee injury in 2015, taking two months to recover. (tagesspiegel.de, 24 Jul 2015; aspetar.com, 01 Sep 2018)

    In April 2013 he broke his arm during training. He needed an operation, during which a screw was surgically inserted. Two weeks later he was competing again. (aspetar.com, 01 Sep 2018)
    Sporting philosophy / motto "There is no 'I can't'." (Instagram profile, 05 Mar 2020)
    Awards and honours He was a member of the 4x100m relay squad that was named the Team of the Year in both 2016 and 2017 by the National Paralympic Committee of Germany. (der-querschnitt.de, 28 Nov 2017; paralympic.org, 29 Nov 2016)

    In 2016 he was presented with the Silbernes Lorbeerblatt [Silver Laurel Leaf], the highest sports award in Germany. (markus-rehm-88.de, 01 Nov 2016)

    He was Germany's flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (myinfo.rio2016.com, 06 Sep 2016)

    He was named the 2015 Paralympic Athlete of the Year at the Felix Awards, the sports awards for state North Rhine Westphalia, Germany. (markus-rehm-88.de, 11 Dec 2015; mkffi.nrw, 11 Dec 2015)

    He was named the 2014 Paralympic Athlete of the Year in Germany. (dbs-npc.de, 29 Nov 2014)
    Other sports He has competed in able-bodied athletics at international level, winning gold in long jump at the 2016 Indoor Grand Prix in Glasgow, Scotland. He also finished second at the German junior wakeboarding championships in 2005. (SportsDeskOnline, 20 Jun 2017; theguardian.com, 21 Feb 2016; markus-rehm-88.de, 16 Mar 2020)
    Ambitions To win gold at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Facebook page, 28 Feb 2020)
    Impairment His right leg was amputated below the knee following a wakeboarding accident at age 14. (Athlete, 17 Jul 2017; Facebook page, 14 Jun 2017)
    Other information OLYMPIC ASPIRATION
    He wanted to compete at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro but was unable to prove that he would not have gained an advantage due to his running blade. "For me it's not that I would be more happy to compete in the Olympics than the Paralympics, I'm obviously a Paralympic athlete and I'm proud of it. But it would still be great to compete at the Olympics because I would like to use this stage to promote the Paralympic Games. I think it always has to be Olympic and Paralympic Games, but I would like to connect them. This would be great and would show that we are united. This is my dream for the future. But what I want to avoid at all costs, is that this discussion becomes too important." (kyodonews.net, 28 Aug 2019; bbc.co.uk, 26 Aug 2019; tagesspiegel.de, 13 Nov 2019)

    OCCUPATION
    He works as a prosthetist. "It's not so much for sports, but more for everyday use. It's a great job. I like working with the patients and for me it's great because I have had many years of experience using a prosthetic. When a new patient comes in depressed about a problem, I can say, 'It's okay, I had the same problem once and we can work towards a solution'. I never had to learn much about the job because I have so much personal experience." (aspetar.com, 01 Sep 2018)

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