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GIESEN Josef
Sport Para athletics, Para biathlon, Para cross-country
NPC Germany   
GenderMen
Age60
Place of BirthLöningen, FRG
Height1.88 m
Weight 67 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Classification
LW5/7, LW5/7
Further Personal Information
Residence
Herzlake, GER
Languages
German
Higher education
Draughting
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up para-Nordic skiing in 1994.
General Interest
Nicknames
Yupp (Vancouver, 12 Feb 2010)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Live every day with all your awareness and enjoy your life." (nordski.de, 31 Dec 2008)
Awards and honours
In 2010 he was given the Fair Play Award by the German Interior Ministry for Sport [BMI]. (dosb.de, 19 Oct 2010)

In 2010 he was decorated with the Silberne Lorbeerblatt Award [Silver Bay Laurel Leaf]. (bmi.bund.de, 30 Apr 2010)
Impairment
He was born with severely underdeveloped arms as a result of Thalidomide, a drug responsible for many birth defects during the 1960s. He cannot carry ski poles, and operates his rifle with the aid of a special device that incorporates a string with a ring end which he uses with his mouth to fire. (abendblatt.de, 15 Mar 2010)
Other information
CLIMB FOR CHARITY
In 2004 he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. For every 100 metres he ascended he was supported with a predetermined amount by sponsors. The climb was to support a German child protection agency and to promote skiing for people with impairments. (dosb.de, 19 Oct 2010)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
5 1998 7.5km Individual LW2,3,4,5/7,9 31:50.4
1 2002 7.5km Individual - Standing 21:26.4
2 2006 7.5km Sprint - Standing 24:29.8
8 2006 12.5km Individual - Standing 43:30.2
4 2010 3km Pursuit - Standing  
3 2010 12.5km Individual - Standing 46:27.3
Paralympic Games - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
13 1998 5km Classic Style LW5/7,6/8 22:04.9
12 1998 15km Freestyle LW5/7,6/8 38:26.7
5 2002 5km Classic Style LW5-9 16:57.2
3 2002 10km Freestyle LW5-9 30:00.3
3 2002 20km Freestyle - Standing 1:10:34.2
  2006 10km - Standing  DNS
8 2006 5km - Standing 15:11.7
33 2010 1km Sprint Classic Style - Standing  
World Championships - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
1 2002/2003 12.5km Individual - Standing 51:49.7
2 2002/2003 7.5km Sprint - Standing 28:32.8
2 2004/2005 7.5km Sprint - Standing 28:09.9
12 2004/2005 12.5km Individual - Standing 47:55.6
2 2008/2009 3.6km Pursuit - Standing  
3 2008/2009 12.5km Individual - Standing 49:01.0
World Championships - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
14 2002/2003 5km - Standing 16:23.4
13 2002/2003 10km - Standing 35:26.3
12 2002/2003 20km - Standing 1:12:18.9
14 2004/2005 10km - Standing 31:54.5
14 2004/2005 5km - Standing 15:49.1
18 2004/2005 20km - Standing 1:05:53.8