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HÖSCH Vivian
Sport Para biathlon, Para cross-country
NPC Germany   
GenderWomen
Age31
Place of BirthFreiburg, GER
Height1.68 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
B1
Guide
Florian Grimm
Further Personal Information
Residence
Freiburg, GER
Occupation
Administrator
Languages
English, French, German
Higher education
Psychology - SRH Riedlingen: Germany
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport in 2006 in Freiburg, Germany.
Why this sport?
She was inspired after watching the 2006 Paralympic Winter Games in Turin. "It's fun to climb mountains and enjoy the descent afterwards. When you are training with teammates and enjoying nature, fresh air and the snow, it gives a wonderful feeling."
Club / Team
Ring der Korperbehinderten Freiburg [GER] / SV Kirchzarten [GER]:
Name of coach
Ralf Rombach [national], GER
Senior International Debut
Year
2008
Competing for
Germany
Tournament
World Cup
Location
Oberstdorf, GER
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a bronze medal at the 2015 World Championships in Cable, WI, United States of America. (Athlete, 08 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
German biathlete Magdalena Neuner. (Athlete, 08 Mar 2018)
Injuries
She underwent knee surgery in 2018. She resumed training in November 2018 and returned to competition in the 2019/20 season. (sportschau.de, 08 Dec 2021; vivian-hoesch.de, 01 Jan 2020)

Persistent health problems kept her out of the 2016/17 season. (freiburger-wochenbericht.de, 20 Dec 2017; sportschau.de, 18 Dec 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Biathlon and cross-country skiing give me a sense of achievement and happiness, that I've accomplished something while being active. It also gives me the opportunity to show that despite a disability everything is possible." (ring-freiburg.de, 03 Dec 2012)
Awards and honours
She was named the 2011 Sportswoman of the Year in Freiburg, Germany. (badische-zeitung.de, 04 Mar 2012)

She was named the 2008 Sportswoman of the Year in Baden, Germany. (weg-freiburg.de, 03 Dec 2012)
Other sports
She competed in both biathlon and cross-country skiing at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (SportsDeskOnline, 25 Nov 2021)
Impairment
She was born with a visual impairment that resulted in complete blindness from age nine. (Athlete, 08 Mar 2018; peterstaler.de, 01 Apr 2011)
Other information
RETIREMENT RETHINK
She initially retired from the sport after the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang due to a knee injury. However, after having surgery, in November 2018 she returned to training and decided to continue with competitive sport. "I had a knee operation. You usually have to decide very quickly how to proceed. I wanted my knee to fully recover. I thought that being three months behind in training wouldn't feel good. In November 2018, however, my knee was recovering and I was able to jog again. I missed it. So I came back." (sportschau.de, 08 Dec 2021)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
5 2014 6km Individual - Visually Impaired 24:47.6
  2014 12.5km Individual - Visually Impaired  DNF
7 2018 6km Individual - Visually Impaired 24:48.7
Paralympic Games (Overall) - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
6 2014 1km Sprint Freestyle - Visually Impaired 5:54.9
6 2014 5km Freestyle - Visually Impaired 17:11.4
World Championships - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
6 2010/2011 3km Pursuit - Visually Impaired 14:38.8
8 2010/2011 7.5km Sprint - Visually Impaired 35:52.4
3 2014/2015 6km Individual - Visually Impaired 20:12.1
5 2014/2015 10km Middle - Visually Impaired 39:10.3
5 2014/2015 12.5km Individual - Visually Impaired 45:04.3
11 2021/2022 6km Individual - Visually Impaired 23:20.9
World Championships - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
7 2010/2011 5km - Visually Impaired 17:20.1
6 2010/2011 1km Sprint - Visually Impaired  
4 2014/2015 1km Sprint - Visually Impaired  
7 2014/2015 5km - Visually Impaired 18:59.8