Sport specific information
When and where did you begin this sport?
After a cycling accident in 1998 that resulted in spinal injuries, she became involved in Para sports as part of her rehabilitation. She began with wheelchair basketball, started competing in cross-country and biathlon in 2009, and also began wheelchair and handcycle racing.
Why this sport?
She says she was attracted by both the equipment used in para-sports and the opportunities to succeed. "I was fascinated from the start."
Club / Team
USC Magdeburg: Germany
Name of coach
Tobias Bachsteffel [national], GER
Tigerin (tlz.de, 08 Dec 2015)
Most influential person in career
Her coaches. (Athlete, 08 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
Norwegian biathlete Ole Einar Bjorndalen. (Athlete, 08 Mar 2018)
At the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi she pulled out of the 12km cross-country event after she had already started due to breathing problems. She recovered in time to compete in further races in Sochi. (paralympic.org, 09 Mar 2014)
During the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing she suffered an asthma attack for the first time in her life and spent several days in hospital recovering. (volksstimme.de, 10 Oct 2009)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough." [Mario Andretti] (sportschau.de, 08 Jan 2018)
Awards and honours
She was named Female Para Athlete of the Year in 2018 by the German Paralympic Committee. She also received the Para Team of the Year Award alongside her 4x2.5km mixed relay teammates. (paralympic.org, 26 Nov 2018)
She was named the 2018 Female Athlete of the Year in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. (drs.org, 12 Dec 2018)
She represented Germany in road cycling at the Paralympic Games in 2008, 2012, and 2016, winning a total of four gold medals and one silver medal. She also competed in both biathlon and cross-country skiing at the Paralympic Winter Games in 2010, 2014 and 2018. (SportsDeskOnline, 27 Feb 2019; paralympic.org, 2017)
To compete in cycling at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (paralympic.org, 06 Feb 2019)
She sustained spinal cord injuries in a cycling accident in 1998. (zdf.de, 27 Feb 2016)
As well as working as a psychologist, she has also served as the director of the Department of Sports for the Impaired at the Federal Institute of Sport Science in Cologne, Germany. (Facebook profile, 18 Sep 2019; andreaeskau.de, 30 Sep 2016; wiss-netz.de, 01 Jun 2016; zdfsport.de, 27 Feb 2016)