Ottobock ambassador

Martin Braxenthaler

In 1994, Martin Braxenthaler suffered a spinal fracture from a working accident, which resulted in paraplegia.

Experienced and successful

Martin Braxenthaler has always been active. He loved playing football, mountain biking and skiing.

His accident, when he was 22 years old, made him stop these sports, but just for a short time: After an intensive rehabilitation training, he went back on a monoski, one year after the accident.

Three years later, he was accepted into the German Para Alpine Skiing National Team and went on to the Winter Paralympics in Nagano, Japan. In 2002, he won four gold medals in the disciplines of Slalom, Giant Slalom, Downhill and Super G at the Paralympics in Salt Lake City. At the Paralympics in Turin he was able to further expand his gold medal collection. He became one of the most successful German Para athletes ever.

"Enjoy every day and try to make something good out of it, then you will feel how beautiful life is."

Martin Braxenthaler, former monoski Paralympian and Ottobock ambassador

Ottobock ambassador Martin Braxenthaler at the Paralympic Games 2010 in Vancouver

Role model and coach

After the Paralympic Games in Vancouver in 2010, he ended his career as an athlete.

He now passes his experience on to young athletes as a coach, he is the vice coach of the German Paralympic Ski Team, offering mono-ski courses and always a role model for young athletes.

Key facts

  • Nation: Germany
  • Year of birth: 1972
  • Sport: Para Alpine Skiing - Monoski
  • Classification: LW10-2
  • Coach: Maike Huijara
  • Club: SBC-Traunstein, SB-Rosenheim

Victories and achievements

  • 10 x Gold medal winner at the Paralympic Games:
    • Vancouver 2010: Gold medal Slalom/ Giant Slalom/ Super Combined
    • Turin 2006: Gold medal Slalom/ Giant Slalom/ Super-G
    • Salt Lake City 2002: Gold medal Slalom/ Giant Slalom/ Downhill/ Super-G
    • Nagano 1998: Bronze medal Super-G
  • 4 x Paralympic Games Participant

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