|Full name||Axel Teichmann|
14 July 1979 |
Saalburg-Ebersdorf, East Germany
|Height||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Ski club||WSV Bad Lobenstein|
|World Cup career|
|Overall titles||1 (2004–05)|
Teichmann started cross-country skiing at the age of ten. He completed his secondary education at Bad Lobenstein and, from 1993, at Oberhof. Since graduation in 1998, he has been aided in his sporting career by the German armed forces as a military athlete. In addition to professional sport, Teichmann studies electrical engineering at FernUniversität Hagen.
Teichmann was sick for a large part of the 2005/06 season and failed to compete in the 2006 Winter Olympics, and due to the Germans selection criteria of either an Olympic medal or a top 10 finish in the World Cup, Teichmann, who won the overall World Cup in 2004/05 has resulted in him being left out of the German A-team for the 2006/07 season. Teichmann will still be able to compete, only he will receive less financing and will not train with the other elite members.
In June 2006 Teichmann had leg surgery for an injury he had, but he was given a modified wheelchair while he recovered. The wheelchair was made with rollerskis, so that he could still train.
After the 50 km freestyle race at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, he announced his immediate retirement from the sport.
- 1999 junior World Championships in Saalfelden: Gold over 10 kilometers classically, gold relay
- 2003 World Championships in Val di Fiemme: Gold – 15 km classical, silver – 4 x 10 km
- 2005 World Championships in Oberstdorf: Silver – team sprint (together with Jens Filbrich) and 4 x 10 km. 2004-5 overall World cup winner
- 2007 World Championships in Sapporo: Gold – 30 km double pursuit
- 2009 World Championships in Liberec: Silvers – team sprint and 4 x 10 km.
- 2010 Winter Olympics: Silver – Team sprint