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MESSINGER Nico
Sport Para biathlon, Para cross-country
NPC Germany   
GenderMen
Age27
Place of BirthFreiburg, GER
Height1.80 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
B2
Guide
Robin Wunderle
Further Personal Information
Family
Partner Sarah
Residence
Freiburg, GER
Occupation
Sales
Languages
English, German
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para Nordic skiing at age 12 in Freiburg, Germany.
Why this sport?
"I've always been enthusiastic about sport. Above all, I enjoy the varied training [for Para Nordic skiing], as in summer I also train on my bike, on foot, or with a roller ski. Outdoor sports are just comforting for me."
Club / Team
Ring der Korperbehinderten Freiburg: Germany
Name of coach
Ralf Rombach [national], GER
Senior International Debut
Year
2011
Competing for
Germany
General Interest
Hobbies
Travelling. (nordski.de, 15 Mar 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (ring-freiburg.de, 01 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
Norwegian cross-country skier Johannes Hosflot Klaebo. (Athlete, 08 Mar 2018)
Injuries
He suffered a hairline fracture to his ankle joint during the off-season in 2018. (badische-zeitung.de, 12 Dec 2018)

A muscular problem in his leg forced him to withdraw from the 12.5km standing race at the 2017 World Cup event in Canmore, AB, Canada. (sportschau.de, 18 Dec 2017)
Awards and honours
He was Germany's flag bearer during the opening ceremony of the 2013 World Championships in Solleftea, Sweden. (nordski.de, Feb 2013)

He received the 2011 Youth Sports Medal in Freiburg, Germany. (ring-freiburg.de, Mar 2012)
Other sports
He competed in both biathlon and cross-country skiing at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (SportsDeskOnline, 02 Jan 2019)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (nordski.de, 31 Jan 2022)
Impairment
He was born with a vision impairment. (Athlete, 08 Mar 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
9 2018 7.5km Sprint - Visually Impaired 22:58.0
  2018 12.5km Middle - Visually Impaired  DNF
10 2018 15km Individual - Visually Impaired 48:49.5
7 2022 6km Individual - Visually Impaired 19:16.7
7 2022 10km Middle - Visually Impaired 39:51.0
Paralympic Games (Overall) - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
Semifinal 2018 Sprint Classic Style - Visually Impaired 4:43.0
7 2018 4 x 2.5km Relay Open 24:53.5
Qualification 2022 Sprint Freestyle - Visually Impaired 2:49.6
5 2022 4 x 2.5km Relay Mixed 27:50.1
World Championships - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
  2012/2013 7.5km Sprint - Visually Impaired  DNF
  2012/2013 12.5km Middle - Visually Impaired  DNS
  2012/2013 15km Individual - Visually Impaired  DNS
12 2014/2015 7.5km Sprint - Visually Impaired 22:44.2
9 2014/2015 15km Individual - Visually Impaired 50:43.9
  2016/2017 12.5km Middle - Visually Impaired  DNF
9 2016/2017 7.5km Sprint - Visually Impaired 21:40.9
10 2018/2019 12.5km Middle - Visually Impaired 46:36.5
8 2018/2019 7.5km Sprint - Visually Impaired 23:39.1
  2018/2019 15km Individual - Visually Impaired  DNF
15 2021/2022 6km Individual - Visually Impaired 19:06.1
15 2021/2022 10km Middle - Visually Impaired 34:06.4
World Championships - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
16 2012/2013 1km Sprint - Visually Impaired  
9 2014/2015 1km Sprint - Visually Impaired  
6 2014/2015 4 x 2.5km Relay Open 31:33.5
10 2016/2017 1km Sprint - Visually Impaired  
4 2016/2017 4 x 2.5km Relay Mixed 28:49.3
  2016/2017 10km - Visually Impaired  DNS
9 2018/2019 10km Freestyle - Visually Impaired 28:35.7
4 2018/2019 Sprint Freestyle - Visually Impaired  
3 2018/2019 4 x 2.5km Relay Mixed 28:29.3
  2018/2019 20km Classic Style - Visually Impaired  DNS
11 2021/2022 Sprint Classic Style - Visually Impaired  
4 2021/2022 4 x 2.5km Relay Open 26:18.4