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Nico Langmann is Wings for Life Ambassador


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Nico Langmann is one of the best wheelchair tennis players in the world. The Austrian paralympics athlete is now joining forces with Wings for Life as an Ambassador and raises awareness for spinal cord injury and research. We asked him some questions:

What is the story behind your spinal cord injury?
I actually grew up in a wheelchair. I've been a paraplegic since a car accident at the age of two, starting at the eighth thoracic vertebra. That's why I am a wheelchair tennis player.

Nico was still a toddler when his spinal cord was injured during a car accident.  (Privat)
Nico was still a toddler when his spinal cord was injured during a car accident.   © Privat

What does being a Wings for Life Ambassador mean to you?
I have been following Wings for Life for a very long time and my parents also sat down with Heinz Kinigadner back then to talk about therapy options for their children. So I have actually been part of this movement for a very long time. And now to be an Ambassador of this foundation is one of the coolest things that could happen. On the one hand it's a huge honor and on the other hand I think it just fits. We know where we want to go together, where the development should go and we can pull together in a really cool way.

You are one of the biggest Wings for Life World Run supporters. How often have you taken part?
I have been involved in the Wings for Life World Run from the very beginning. Since 2014, I have arranged my tournament schedule so that I am in Vienna on the Sunday of the run and can take part. This is such an incredible event with the most amazing energy and atmosphere. Being part of the Wings for Life World Run gives me goosebumps every year and is a real highlight for me.

The Austrian is a long-time supporter of the Wings for Life World Run and has been part of it since the beginning. (Philipp Greindl for Wings for Life World Run)
The Austrian is a long-time supporter of the Wings for Life World Run and has been part of it since the beginning.  © Philipp Greindl for Wings for Life World Run

What inspires you in life?
I think you can get inspiration from many, many things. There are of course so many great and incredible people out there from whom one can get inspiration. I try to get inspiration in the sense of learning something from other people every day. And I think that's an important aspect, both in sports and for life in general. 

Is there something you are really proud of?
The things I want to be proud of, I will hopefully achieve first. I'm proud of myself for how far I've come, definitely. But the big highlights are yet to come. That's why I think the anticipation of the future is greater than the satisfaction of the past.

What are your wishes for the future?
I'm a very positive person by nature and I've seen so much in the 23 years I've been in a wheelchair. So much positive development in society and in research. My wish for the future is that it continues like this, that these developments continue to progress quickly. And I'm also very convinced that I'll live to see how science solves all the mysteries and, above all, makes walking possible again for people with paraplegia.

 (Christopher Kelemen)
© Christopher Kelemen