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    Martin Fleig

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    Germany Germany Para Nordic skiing 15 October 1989
    male Para Nordic skier Martin Fleig


    Human Interest
    Data Value
    Impairment Information
    Origin of Impairment Congenital
    Classification LW11.5
    Further Personal Information
    Residence Gundelfingen, GER
    Languages English, German
    Sport Specific Information
    When and where did you begin this sport? He took up the sport at age nine, and began competing at age 11.
    Why this sport? He was spotted by a talent scout while he was attending swimming classes. He 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."
    Club / Team Ring der Korperbehinderten Freiburg: Germany
    Name of coach Ralf Rombach [national], GER; Ulrich Zipfel [national], GER
    International Debut
    Year 2006
    Competing for Germany
    Tournament World Cup
    General Interest
    Nicknames Marty (Instagram profile, 20 Dec 2018)
    Hobbies Photography. (biathlon23.wordpress.com, 19 Oct 2017)
    Most influential person in career His family, and his coaches. (Athlete, 08 Mar 2018)
    Hero / Idol French biathlete Martin Fourcade, German biathlete Laura Dahlmeier. (Athlete, 08 Mar 2018)
    Sporting philosophy / motto "He who fights may lose, but he who does not fight has already lost." (martin-fleig.de, 08 Apr 2011)
    Awards and honours He was named the 2019 Sportsman of the Year in Freiburg, Germany. He also won the award in 2012. (osp-freiburg.de, 18 Mar 2021; regiotrends.de, 03 Mar 2013)

    In 2018 he was named Male Para Athlete of the Year by the German Paralympic Committee [DBS]. (paralympic.org, 26 Nov 2018)
    Other sports He competed in cross-country skiing and biathlon at the Paralympic Winter Games in 2014 and 2018. (SportsDeskOnline, 02 Jan 2019)
    Impairment He was born with spina bifida, and was affected by hydrocephalus [fluid on the brain]. (nordski.net, 2015)
    Other information MOVING OUT
    In 2019 he left his parents' home and began living alone for the first time. "I will have my own flat to live in. 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 has worked as a clerk at the Breisgau-Hochschwarzwald district office in Germany. (drs.org, 13 Feb 2019; Athlete, 08 Mar 2018)

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