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ÍLSNER Thomas
Sport Para biathlon, Para cross-country
NPC Germany   
GenderMen
Age52
Place of BirthErfurt, GDR
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW6, LW6
Further Personal Information
Residence
Oberhof, GER
Occupation
Advertising
Languages
German
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He started nordic skiing in 1993.
General Interest
Nicknames
Oelse (Vancouver, 12 Feb 2010)
Hobbies
Trekking, cycling. (Vancouver, 12 Feb 2010)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal at the 1994 Paralympic Winter Games in Lillehammer and standing together with his two German teammates on the podium. (nordski.de, 31 Dec 2008)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"There's nothing that you can't learn." (nordski.de, 31 Dec 2008)
Impairment
At age 21 his left arm was paralysed in a motorcycle accident. (nordski.de, 31 Dec 2008)
Other information
SUSPENSION
He tested positive for an anabolic steroid after winning two gold medals at the 2002 Paralympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, and was suspended for two years. (spiegel.de, 13 Mar 2002)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
1 1994 7.5km Individual LW5-8 26:20.7
1 1998 7.5km Individual LW6/8 26:43.2
  2002 7.5km Individual - Standing  DSQ
5 2006 7.5km Sprint - Standing 23:06.9
14 2006 12.5km Individual - Standing 40:31.1
14 2010 3km Pursuit - Standing  
10 2010 12.5km Individual - Standing 41:29.0
Paralympic Games - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
2 1994 5km Classic Style LW6/8 15:16.2
1 1994 10km Freestyle LW6/8 26:14.0
1 1994 20km Classic Style LW6/8 58:04.1
2 1994 4 x 5km Relay - Standing/Visually Impaired 51:06.8
2 1998 5km Classic Style LW5/7,6/8 16:49.8
1 1998 15km Freestyle LW5/7,6/8 30:53.6
4 1998 20km Classic Style LW2-9 1:15:36.4
2 1998 4 x 5km Relay - Standing/Visually Impaired 1:21:28.5
  2002 5km Classic Style LW5-9  DSQ
  2002 10km Freestyle LW5-9  DNS
8 2006 10km - Standing 32:18.9
3 2006 5km - Standing 13:17.2
13 2006 20km - Standing 1:10:08.7
10 2010 20km Freestyle - Standing 1:00:27.7
21 2010 10km Classic Style - Standing 36:19.8
16 2010 1km Sprint Classic Style - Standing  
World Championships - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
1 2004/2005 7.5km Sprint - Standing 25:10.0
5 2004/2005 12.5km Individual - Standing 39:47.8
4 2008/2009 3.6km Pursuit - Standing  
7 2008/2009 12.5km Individual - Standing 42:45.2
World Championships - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
3 2004/2005 10km - Standing 29:24.8
6 2004/2005 5km - Standing 14:26.4
7 2004/2005 20km - Standing 1:00:15.2
5 2008/2009 1 x 4 + 2 x 5km Relay Open 48:17.8
5 2008/2009 10km Freestyle LW2-9 28:15.8
14 2008/2009 1km Sprint - LW2-9