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BEHNKE Björn
Sport Para alpine skiing
NPC Germany   
GenderMen
Age21
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
LW10-1
Further Personal Information
Residence
Münster, GER
Occupation
Student
Languages
English, German
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began skiing at age six.
Why this sport?
"There is nothing that I enjoy as much as skiing. I am fascinated by the freedom on the slopes, the proximity to nature, and the adrenaline kick in the fast disciplines."
General Interest
Hobbies
Watching movies, listening to music, water skiing. (haz.de, 05 Feb 2015)
Hero / Idol
German Para alpine skier Martin Braxenthaler. (abendblatt.de, 08 Apr 2017)
Injuries
He required surgery in December 2018 and was expected to be out of action for three months. (Facebook page, 16 Dec 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"For me, skiing is like dancing. You drive with the upper body and steer with the hips. You start with a waltz and then you're suddenly in hard rock. Sometimes you feel a euphoria, then you want to whistle a song." (abendblatt.de, 08 Apr 2017)
Awards and honours
In 2015 he was named Sportsman with an Impairment of the Year in Niedersachsen, Germany. (dbs-npc.de, 13 Mar 2015)
Other sports
He has competed in Para triathlon at national level in Germany, and also played wheelchair basketball at club level. (dtu-info.de, 29 Aug 2016; blau-weiss-buchholz.de, 07 Jan 2012)
Impairment
He was born with spina bifida. (haz.de, 05 Feb 2015)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Cup (Kühtai)
Rank Year Event Result
  2017/2018 Giant Slalom - Sitting  DNF
13 2017/2018 Giant Slalom - Sitting 2:41.83
10 2017/2018 Slalom - Sitting 2:00.75
  2017/2018 Slalom - Sitting  DSQ
24 2017/2018 Giant Slalom - Sitting 1:56.31
14 2017/2018 Slalom - Sitting 1:42.57
27 2017/2018 Slalom - Sitting  
29 2017/2018 Giant Slalom - Sitting