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KOCH Matthias
Sport Para ice hockey
NPC Germany   
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Further Personal Information
Higher education
Political Science: Hamburg, GER
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2002.
Why this sport?
Two years after his car accident in 2000 he was approached by Gerd Bleidorn to try sledge hockey. "When I was on the ice for the first time, I found it amazing how agile you are in spite of your impairment. For me it is something like a combination of motorcycling, when you lay down in the curves, and the aggressive dancing at a rock concert."
Name of coach
Michael Gursinsky [national]
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
"The 2005 European championships were the absolute highlight, an indescribable feeling." (, 26 May 2010)
In 2000 he had a car accident while completing his military service. Doctors were able to save his right leg, but his left leg was amputated. (, 20 Mar 2008)
Other information
Around 2009 he established his own ice sledge team, the Hamburg Bulldogs. (, 20 Mar 2009)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
4 2006 Team  
World Championship
Rank Year Event Result
5 2008 Team