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BRUNNER Felix
Sport Para alpine skiing
NPC Germany   
GenderMen
Age31
Place of BirthFüssen, FRG
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW10-1
Further Personal Information
Occupation
Manager, Motivational Speaker
Languages
German
Higher education
Sports Marketing - Bavarian Academy for Advertising and Marketing: Munich, GER
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began monoskiing in January 2013.
Why this sport?
He had been a mountain sport fanatic since his childhood, and the sport allowed him to return to the mountains.
Club / Team
RSV Murnau: Germany
Name of coach
Justus Wolf [national], GER
Senior International Debut
Year
2013
Competing for
Germany
General Interest
Hobbies
Mountaineering, climbing. (felixbrunner.de, 22 Sep 2017)
Memorable sporting achievement
Becoming the first wheelchair user [using a handcycle] to cross the Alps on a mountain bike route in 2013. (felixbrunner.de, 22 Sep 2017)
Most influential person in career
His family. (rehacare.de, 23 Aug 2017)
Injuries
He dislocated his right shoulder during the 2016 European Cup event in Obersaxen, Switzerland. He underwent surgery and returned to training in October 2016. In December 2016 he announced he would not be competing at the 2017 World Championships in Tarvisio, Italy due to the injury. (fuessenaktuell.de, 04 Apr 2016; bvs-bayern.com, Mar 2016; kreisbote.de, 25 Dec 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Mental power overcomes valleys, leads to the summit and leads beyond the horizon." (felixbrunner.de, 22 Sep 2017)
Awards and honours
In 2014 he received the Best Newcomer award from the 5 Stars Speaker agency. (Facebook page, 26 Apr 2017)
Other sports
In 2013 he became the first wheelchair user [using a handcycle] to cross the Alps on a mountain bike route. (kreisbote.de, 28 Aug 2013)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (felixbrunner.de, 22 Sep 2017)
Impairment
At age 19 he was on the return trip from an ice climbing tour when he fell 30 metres into a gorge. His injuries included shattering his left hip. He was in the intensive care unit of hospital for 13 months, including eight months in an artificial coma. He required more than 60 operations and more than 800 units of blood to keep him alive. (felixbrunner.de, 2015; kreisbote.de, 28 Aug 2013)
Other information
MANAGER
He manages German biathlete Philipp Nawrath. (Philipp Nawrath Facebook page, 21 Sep 2017)

BOOK
He released a book about his life in September 2017, entitled 'Waking up. The horizon is not the end.' (felixbrunner.de, 22 Sep 2017)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
He is an ambassador for the Blood Donor Service of the Bavarian Red Cross in Germany. (Facebook page, 26 Apr 2017)

Competition Highlights (historical)
There are no major results available for this athlete.