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WEIDNER Maximilian
Sport Para cross-country
NPC Germany   
GenderMen
Age32
Place of BirthPassau, FRG
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW8
Further Personal Information
Residence
Germany
Occupation
Manager
Languages
German
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began cross-country skiing as a toddler. He first tried Para cross-country skiing in 2019 and started competing the same year.
Why this sport?
His parents encouraged him to begin cross-country skiing at a young age. Later his main sport became cycling for five years before he returned his focus to skiing. After his accident in 2018, he got in contact with the German national Para cross-country skiing team with the help of German Para alpine skier Gerd Schonfelder. "If you fall down, you have to get back up. Even if your world changes, there are old familiar things you can build on to create something new. I am happy to be able to do sport at a high level again. For me, cross-country skiing means enjoying nature and being active. I'm looking forward to that."
Club / Team
WSV-DJK Rastbuchl: Germany
Name of coach
Ralf Rombach [national], GER
Senior International Debut
Year
2019
Competing for
Germany
General Interest
Nicknames
Max (Regionalmanagement Freyung-Grafenau Facebook page, 20 Feb 2020)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Get up and move on." (nordski.de, 19 Jan 2020)
Other sports
Before his accident he competed in able-bodied cross-country skiing, including at regional level in Germany, and in long-distance events including the Engadin Ski Marathon in Switzerland. (hogn.de, 19 Nov 2019)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (bghm.de, 01 Feb 2021)
Impairment
In 2018 fingers on his right hand were amputated after an accident at a sawmill belonging to his family. (kaestle.com, 19 Dec 2019; hogn.de, 19 Nov 2019)
Other information
OCCUPATION
He works as a production manager at his family's lumber business based in Neureichenau, Germany. He studied wood technology at the Rosenheim Technical University of Applied Sciences. (Facebook profile, 07 Jan 2022; teamdeutschland-paralympics.de, 28 Aug 2020; holz-resch.de, 01 Jan 2019)

Competition Highlights (historical)
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