Ottobock Ambassador Johannes Floors stands smiling in a stadium. He is wearing a grey T-shirt.
Ottobock ambassador

Johannes Floors

Johannes Floors – who was born with a genetic defect affecting the fibula – decided at the age of 16 to have both lower legs amputated. In November 2019 he became double world champion on 100- and 400 metres and German para athlete of the year.

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, Para athlete and Ottobock ambassador

Johannes Floors is Ottobock ambassador and world champion over 100 and 400 meters.
Johannes Floors is an Ottobock ambassador and is Paralympic Champion in the 400-meters.

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.” In Tokyo, he won gold in the 400 meter race and the bronze medal in the 100 meter distance.

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.”

Key facts

  • Nation: Germany
  • Year of birth: 1995
  • Sport: Para Athletics - 100 m, 200 m, 400 m
  • Classification: T62
  • Coach: Karl-Heinz Düe
  • Club: TSV Bayer Leverkusen

Victories and achievements

  • Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020:
    • Gold medal on 400 m
    • Bronze medal on 100 m
  • Paralympic Games Rio 2016:
    • Gold medal in the 4 x 100 m relay
  • World Para Athletics Championships Dubai 2019:
    • Gold medal on 100 m (10.54 sec)
    • Gold medal on 400 m (45.78 sec)
  • World Para Athletics Championships London 2017:
    • Gold medal on 200 m, 400 m and in the 4 x 100 m relay
    • Silver medal on 100 m
  • European Para Athletics Championships Berlin 2018:
    • Gold medal on 200 m, 400 m and in the 4 x 100 m relay
    • Silver medal on 100 m
  • Athletics European Championships Grosseto 2016:
    • Gold medal on 200 m, 400 m and in the 4 x 100 m relay
    • Bronze medal on 100 m
  • German Paralympic SportsMan of the Year 2019

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