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GEIER Michal
Sport Para ice hockey
NPC Czech Republic   
GenderMen
Age36
Place of BirthChomutov, TCH
Height1.65 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Further Personal Information
Family
Wife Lenka, twin children Leontyna and Maximilian
Residence
Ostrov, CZE
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Czech, English, Slovak
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2003 in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic.
Why this sport?
He liked team sports and wanted to play ice hockey. His uncle knew a coach who was setting up a new team.
Club / Team
SKV Sharks: Karlovy Vary, CZE
Name of coach
Miroslav Hrbek [club], CZE; Jakub Novotny [national]
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Forward
General Interest
Nicknames
Gejza, Majkl (caths.cz, 19 Feb 2014; Vancouver, 21 Mar 2010)
Hobbies
Cycling, gardening, spending time with family. (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the Paralympic Winter Games in 2010, 2014, and 2018. (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022)
Most influential person in career
His parents, his friends, and his wife. (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022)
Hero / Idol
Czech ice hockey player Jaromir Jagr. (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022)
Injuries
He played with a hand injury during the 2021 World Championships in Ostrava, Czech Republic. (isport.blesk.cz, 23 Jun 2021)

In 2018 he fractured a bone and was unable to compete at the Ugra Cup in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russian Federation. He returned to competition in January 2019. (SKV Sharks Facebook page, 22 Jan 2019; sport.aktualne.cz, 12 Jan 2019)
Awards and honours
He was named Most Valuable Player [MVP] at the 2019 World Championships in Ostrava, Czech Republic. (paralympic.org, 04 May 2019)

He was named in the CPHL All-Star team in the Czech Republic in the 2014/15 and 2015/16 seasons. (denik.cz, 23 Mar 2016; hokej.cz, 08 Mar 2015)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (isport.blesk.cz, 23 Jun 2021)
Impairment
As a child he had a tumour in the lumbar section of his spinal cord. He required surgery to remove it, but was left with paralysis in his lower body and right foot. (hokej.cz, 28 Apr 2015)
Other information
LEADER
He has served as captain of the Czech national Para ice hockey team. (irozhlas.cz, 11 Jun 2020)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
5 2010 Team  
5 2014 Team  
6 2018 Team  
6 2022 Team  
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
5 2008/2009 Team  
4 2012 Team  
4 2013 Team  
7 2015 Team  
4 2019 Team  
5 2020/2021 Team  
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
2 2011 Team  
4 2016 Team