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Andrea Eskau

Nordic Skiing
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Andrea Eskau has an incredible track record across summer and winter sports. She is part of a select group of athletes who have won both Summer and Winter Paralympic titles.

On the snow, she recently won two golds, three silvers and one bronze across biathlon and cross-country events at the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games.

Two years before, the German had won gold in the women’s road race H5 at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

Even though Eskau is facing a charge from up-and-coming skiers and cyclists, she still manages to continue adding medals to her trophy cabinet.

At the 2017 World Para Nordic Skiing Championships, she also landed on the podium multiple times, but it was Oksana Masters who stole the show with her first world titles.

After a cycling accident in 1998 that resulted in spinal injuries, Eskau 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.

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.

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW11

Further personal information

Residence
Germany
Languages
German, Russian, English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began competing in Para Nordic skiing in 2009.
Why this sport?
She loves sport and 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
Ralf Rombach [national], GER

International debut

Year
2010
Competing for
Germany

General interest

Nicknames
Tigerin (tlz.de, 08 Dec 2015)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning nine medals [including six gold] at the Paralympic Games between 2008 and 2014, and claiming 27 world championship titles. (Athlete, 08 Mar 2018)
Most influential person in career
Her coaches. (Athlete, 08 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
Norwegian biathlete Ole Einar Bjorndalen. (Athlete, 08 Mar 2018)
Injuries
At the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi she pulled out of the 12km race 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)
Other sports
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)
Ambitions
To compete in cycling at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (paralympic.org, 06 Feb 2019)
Impairment
She sustained spinal cord injuries in a cycling accident in 1998. (zdf.de, 27 Feb 2016)
Other information
OCCUPATION
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. (andreaeskau.de, 30 Sep 2016; wiss-netz.de, 01 Jun 2016; zdfsport.de, 27 Feb 2016)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games (Vancouver, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 10 km Individual Sitting Final Round 3
Women's 10 km Sitting Final Round 8
Women's 5 km Sitting Final Round 2
Women's 1 km Sprint Sitting Semifinal 6
Women's 2.4 km Pursuit Sitting Final Round 6
Women's 2.4 km Pursuit Sitting Qualification 6
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Road Individual Time Trial HC A-C Final Round 5
Women's Road Individual Road Race HC A-C Final Round 1
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Time Trial H4 Final Round 2012-09-05 1
Women's Road Race H4 Final Round 2012-09-07 1
IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships Solleftea (Solleftea, Sweden)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Sprint - Classic Sitting Final 2013-02-25 9
Women's Long Distance - Classic Sitting Final 2013-02-26 1
Women's Short Distance Sitting Final 2013-02-28 9999
Women's Middle Distance Sitting Final 2013-03-01 4
Women's Long Distance Sitting Final 2013-03-03 1
Women's Middle Distance - Classic Sitting Final 2013-03-05 1
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 6 km Sitting Final Round 2014-03-08 1
Women's 12 km Sitting Final Round 2014-03-09 9999
Women's 10 km Sitting Final Round 2014-03-11 9999
Women's 1 km Sprint Sitting Final Round 2014-03-12 6
Women's 12.5 km Sitting Final Round 2014-03-14 7
4x2.5 km Mixed Relay Final Round 2014-03-15 5
Women's 5 km Sitting Final Round 2014-03-16 1
2015 IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships Cable (Cable, United States of America)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Short Distance Sitting Race 1 2015-01-24 3
Women's Long Distance - Free Style Sitting Race 1 2015-01-25 1
Women's Middle Distance Sitting Race 1 2015-01-27 6
Women's Sprint - Classic Sitting Race 1 2015-01-28 1
Women's Middle Distance - Classic Sitting Race 1 2015-01-31 1
Mixed Relay Final 2015-02-01 5
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Time Trial H4-5 Final Round 2016-09-14 2
Women's Road Race H5 Final Round 2016-09-15 1
2017 IPC Nordic skiing World Championships Finsterau, GER (Finsterau, Germany)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Middle Distance Sitting Final 2017-02-11 3
Women's Sprint - Free Style Sitting Final 2017-02-12 2
Women's Long Distance Sitting Final 2017-02-14 4
Mixed Relay Final 2017-02-15 4
Women's Long Distance - Classic Sitting Final 2017-02-16 3
Women's Sprint Sitting Final 2017-02-18 4
Women's Middle Distance - Free Style Sitting Final 2017-02-19 2
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 6km Sitting Final 2018-03-10 6
Women's 12km Sitting Final 2018-03-11 2
Women's 10km Sitting Final 2018-03-13 1
Women's 1.1km Sprint Sitting Final 2018-03-14 2
Women's 12.5km Sitting Final 2018-03-16 1
Women's 5km Sitting Final 2018-03-17 2
4x2.5km Mixed Relay Final 2018-03-18 3
Prince George 2019 World Para Nordic Skiing Championships (Prince George, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Middle Distance Sitting Final 2019-02-16 3
Women's Middle Distance - Free Style Sitting Final 2019-02-17 4
Women's Sprint - Free Style Sitting Final 2019-02-18 2
Women's Sprint Sitting Final 2019-02-20 3
Women's Long Distance Sitting Final 2019-02-21 3
Mixed Relay Final 2019-02-23 3
Women's Long Distance - Classic Sitting Final 2019-02-24 4