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Sport Para ice hockey
NPC Germany   
Place of BirthHanover, FRG
Height1.82 m
Weight 68 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Further Personal Information
Child Benno
English, German
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 1999 at age 26 in Hanover, Germany.
Why this sport?
"Before my accident I played handball at a high level. After the accident I searched for a hard and physical sport."
Club / Team
Ice Lions Langenhagen: Germany
Name of coach
Andreas Pokorny [national], GER
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Senior International Debut
Competing for
Malmö, SWE
General Interest
Utze [his parents gave him the name at age three]. (Athlete, 20 Feb 2013)
Most influential person in career
Coach Michael Gursinsky. (Athlete, 20 Feb 2013)
Hero / Idol
Canadian ice hockey player Wayne Gretzky. (Athlete, 20 Feb 2013)
During his career he has had problems with the discs in his spine. (Athlete, 20 Feb 2013)

He has suffered four broken ribs during his career, keeping him out of action for around two weeks each time. (Athlete, 20 Feb 2013)

He has broken his fingers several times, keeping him out of action for around three weeks each time. (Athlete, 20 Feb 2013)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Always give your best, and be a teammate." (Athlete, 20 Feb 2013)
Other sports
He has played wheelchair basketball at club level in Germany. (, 2016)
To compete at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (Facebook profile, 31 Aug 2016)
An accident on the underground railway network in Hanover, Germany, resulted in his lower legs being amputated below the knee. (Athlete, 20 Feb 2013;, 22 Jan 2013)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
4 2006 Team  
World Championship
Rank Year Event Result
7 2004 Team  
5 2008 Team  
7 2009 Team  
7 2017 Team  
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
6 2011 Team