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HOCHBERG Mario
Sport Para powerlifting
NPC Germany   
GenderMen
Age51
Place of BirthGotha, GDR
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Further Personal Information
Family
Wife Melanie, son Hans
Residence
Gotha, GER
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, German
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport at age 19 in Budapest, Hungary.
Why this sport?
He tried powerlifting before his accident and enjoyed it.
Club / Team
BIG Gotha: Germany
Name of coach
Thomas Mersdorf [national], GER
Training Regime
He trains four times a week.
Senior International Debut
Year
1999
Competing for
Germany
Tournament
European Championship
Location
Budapest, HUN
General Interest
Nicknames
Icebar (Athlete, 08 Feb 2012)
Hobbies
Cycling, playing basketball with his son, handcycling, browsing the internet. (Athlete, 08 Feb 2012)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the Paralympic Games. (Athlete, 26 Aug 2012)
Most influential person in career
His coach. (Athlete, 08 Feb 2012)
Hero / Idol
US shot putter Christian Cantwell, German javelin thrower Steffi Nerius. (mariohochberg.de, 10 Apr 2010)
Injuries
He suffered a triceps tear in training prior to the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. "After the diagnosis and a long discussion with my doctor and coach, we decided to compete in London." (mariohochberg.de, 19 Sep 2012)

An injury to his left elbow meant he was ruled out of the 2010 World Championships in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He had to have an operation and needed six months to recover. (Athlete, 08 Feb 2012; big-gotha.de, 07 Mar 2011, 08 Jul 2010)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Never give up." (Athlete, 08 Feb 2012)
Impairment
He was involved in a work accident in 1995 which resulted in paraplegia. He was working as a roofer and fell from a height of six metres. (laptopwerk.de, 09 Jun 2013)
Other information
PARALYMPIC WITHDRAWAL
Due to health problems he was forced to pull out of his plans to participate at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The health issues resulted in a five-week stay in hospital in Bad Wildungen, Germany. (mariohochberg.de, 20 May 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
11 2000 100kg 192.5
  2004 100kg  NoM
5 2008 +100kg 210.0
10 2012 100kg 170
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
5 2002 100kg 195.0
7 2006 100kg 197.5
20 2014 88kg 170.0
European Open Championships
Rank Year Event Result
13 2015 88kg 165