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Jo Deckarm

Full name: Joachim "Jo" Deckarm
Gender: Male
Height: 6'4" (194 cm)
Weight: 198 lbs (90 kg)
Born: January 19, 1954 in Saarbrücken, Saarland, Germany
Affiliations: VfL Gummersbach, Gummersbach (GER)
Country: FRG West Germany
Sport: Handball

Biography

Joachim Deckarm began his sports career as an athlete and later became one of the most talented and best handball players in West Germany. He became German Youth Champion in the pentathlon in 1971 but then turned to handball. With VfL Gummersbach he became German Champion in 1974-76 and European Cup champion in 1974 and 1978. In 1978 he also became World Champion with West Germany. In total, he earned 104 national caps and scored 381 goals.

At a European Cup match with VfL Gummersbach on 30 March 1979 in Tatabánya (Hungary) he struck his head against his opponent, Lájos Pánovics, and fell unconscious to the ground, again striking his head on a thinly-coated cement floor, sustaining two skull fractures, and a severe closed brain injury. Deckarm fell into a coma for 131 days, and never fully recovered. His brain injury has caused his motor functions to regress to the level of an infant, and he lost the ability to speak, and has required full-time nursing care since 1982. He currently lives in an assisted-living facility in his hometown Saarbrücken.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1976 Summer 22 Montréal Handball Men's Handball West Germany FRG 4

Men's Handball

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result G W S E DQ
1976 Summer 22 Montréal Handball West Germany FRG Final Round Match 3/4 2 1976-07-28 POL 21, FRG 18 4 0 0 0 0
1976 Summer 22 Montréal Handball West Germany FRG Group A Match #3 1 1976-07-18 FRG 18, DEN 14 6 1 1 0 0
1976 Summer 22 Montréal Handball West Germany FRG Group A Match #4 1 1976-07-20 FRG 19, JPN 16 3 0 0 0 0
1976 Summer 22 Montréal Handball West Germany FRG Group A Match #8 1 1976-07-22 FRG 26, CAN 11 5 0 0 0 0
1976 Summer 22 Montréal Handball West Germany FRG Group A Match #11 2 1976-07-24 URS 18, FRG 16 7 1 0 0 0
1976 Summer 22 Montréal Handball West Germany FRG Group A Match #13 1 1976-07-26 FRG 18, YUG 17 3 1 1 0 0