Catch me if you can!
Johannes Floors was born with a genetic defect affecting the fibula. He was missing both fibulas and had deformed feet. At the age of 16, Johannes decided to have both lower legs amputated. “The pain was too much to bear in everyday life. But even before I left my hospital bed, I decided to focus on sports at college.“ Looking back to the amputation, he says it gave him a “feeling of freedom“.
From then on, his prostheses were his legs. Running and engaging in sports with them has totally changed his life – for the better. “I was not only able to walk with the prostheses but also attained my natural body height in one day.“
The 1.80-metre-tall athlete successfully completed a triathlon as part of the college sports curriculum. Floors initially competed as a swimmer and won medals in the Junior World Para Athletics Championships in 2010 before deciding to focus on track and field.
“When you’re an athlete, feeling that speed when you run or sailing through the air in the long jump is fantastic – sport triggers emotions.”
Johannes Floors, track and field athlete and Ottobock ambassador
Parasports in the fast lane
At the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio, Johannes won gold in the relay. “Knowing we won gold at the Paralympic Games is simply indescribable. It was an amazing feeling.” And he already has his sights on the next goal: to win gold at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo.
For Johannes, being an athlete and an ambassador means serving as a role model. “An amputation is usually a major setback at first. It’s difficult to stay motivated. That’s where I want to help ‒ in sports or daily routine, life goes on.”
Boosting public awareness of parasports means a great deal to the trained O&P professional. “We’re really doing well with respect to media attention. We have great opportunities, particularly in track and field, to attract attention to parasports and show people what we’re capable of.” Johannes wants to share this motivation and enthusiasm with the world. “It’s all about our performance and about doing sports together. It’s not about the prostheses anymore.”
Victories and achievements
- Paralympic SportsMan of the Year 2019
- World Para Athletics Championships Dubai 2019: gold medal in 100 m (10.54 sec)
- World Para Athletics Championships Dubai 2019: gold medal in 400 m (45.78 sec)
- European Para Athletics Championships Berlin 2018: gold medal in 200 m, 400 m, 4 x 100 m relay
- European Para Athletics Championships Berlin 2018: silver medal in 100 m
- World Para Athletics Championships London 2017: gold medal in 200 m, 400 m, 4 x 100 m relay
- World Para Athletics Championships London 2017: silver medal in 100 m
- Rio 2016 Paralympic Games: gold medal in 4 x 100 m relay (Paralympic record)
- IPC Athletics European Championships Grosseto 2016:gold medal in 200 m, 400 m, 4 x 100 m relay
- IPC Athletics European Championships Grosseto 2016: bronze medal in 100 m
- Nationality: German
- Year of birth: 1995
- Sport: sprint
- Classification: since 2018: T62 previously: T43 (IPC)
- Coach: Karl-Heinz Düe
- Club: TSV Bayer Leverkusen
- Devices: for sports: 1E90 Sprinter and Ottobock Runner