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Andrea Rothfuss

Andrea Rothfuss

Alpine Skiing
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Andrea Rothfuss could have won many more titles and gold medals if it was not for her long-term rival Marie Bochet.

The German had a great performance in the women´s alpine skiing standing at the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games. But left with a bittersweet taste after failing to top the podium, finishing with four silvers and one bronze.

Bochet, on the other hand, returned to France with four golds.

Their rivalry came into full play at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, winning gold in the slalom after a DNF from the Frenchwoman and a further two silvers.

But Bochet had not failed to sweep a World Championships podium in two editions in 2013 and 2015, with Rothfuss taking silver on eight of those occasions.

That all changed at the 2017 World Para Alpine Skiing Championships. With both her and Bochet returning from injury, and keen to get back into form, the competition between the pair had never been so tight.

As Rothfuss crossed the line in the giant slalom she had an anxious wait as Bochet still had to complete her second run. As the Frenchwoman dipped over the finish, Rothfuss could not hold back her emotions as she realised the gold was hers. The German had halted the 14-time winning run of Bochet just over one year away from PyeongChang 2018.

The following day, Rothfuss proved her victory was no fluke as she claimed gold in the slalom, once again beating Bochet.

Rothfuss started her skiing career in the mid-1990s at age six, and began racing in 2000. From there, she had success at national and European level before heading to the Torino 2006 Games to make her Paralympic debut. In Torino, she took fourth in the slalom and fifth in the super-G.

Then, at just 19, Rothfuss showed her potential by winning four bronze medals in the five events she competed in at the 2009 World Championships. That set the stage for her first Paralympic Winter Games in 2010, where she won two silvers and a bronze.

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
LW6/8-2

Further personal information

Residence
Kernen im Remstal, GER
Occupation
Athlete, Sales
Languages
English, German

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She joined Skiclub Lossburg in Germany at age six.
Why this sport?
Her parents got her involved in the sport.
Club / Team
VSG Mitteltal: Germany
Name of coach
Justus Wolf [national], GER

International debut

Year
2004
Competing for
Germany
Location
Steamboat Springs, CO, USA

General interest

Nicknames
Andi (VANOC, 21 Mar 2010)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in slalom and silver in giant slalom at the 2014 Paralympic Games in Sochi. (zvw.de, 16 Feb 2017)
Hero / Idol
German alpine skier Katja Seizinger. (sporthilfe.de, 04 Feb 2014)
Injuries
She missed the end of the 2015/16 season due to a broken left ankle. She returned to training in September 2016. (Facebook page, 20 Feb 2016; zvw.de, 16 Feb 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I ski because I enjoy it and also because I enjoy competing with and against others. I never fight my disability, it does not matter in competition." (leidmedien.de, 15 Oct 2018)
Awards and honours
In 2014 she received the Silbernes Lorbeerblatt [Silver Laurel Leaf] in Germany. (bundespraesident.de, 05 May 2014)

She was flag bearer for Germany at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (paralympic.org, 07 Mar 2014)

She was named the 2011 Sportswoman of the Year in Freudenstadt, Germany. (Facebook page, 31 Jul 2016)

She was named the 2009 Female Para Athlete of the Year in Germany. (tagesspiegel.de, 13 Nov 2009)
Impairment
She was born without her left hand. (zvw.de, 16 Feb 2017)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Torino 2006 Paralympic Winter Games (Torino, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Super-G Standing Final Round 5
Women's Slalom Standing Final Round 4
Women's Giant Slalom Standing Final Round 2
Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games (Vancouver, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Slalom Standing Final Round 2
Women's Giant Slalom Standing Final Round 2
Women's Super Combined Standing Final Round 9999
Women's Super-G Standing Final Round 3
Women's Downhill Standing Final Round 3
IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships (Kangwonland, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Slalom Standing Final 2009-02-20 3
Women's Giant Slalom Standing Final 2009-02-21 3
Women's Super-Combined Standing Final 2009-02-23 3
Women's Super-G Standing Final 2009-02-23 3
Women's Super-G Standing Run 2 2009-02-24 4
Women's Downhill Standing Final 2009-02-28 3
2011 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships (Sestriere, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Downhill Standing Final 2011-01-16 1
Women's Super-G Standing Final 2011-01-18 3
Women's Super-Combined Standing Final 2011-01-19 2
Women's Slalom Standing Final 2011-01-20 1
Women's Giant Slalom Standing Final 2011-01-21 3
IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships (La Molina, Spain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Downhill Standing Race 1 2013-02-20 2
Women's Super-G Standing Race 1 2013-02-21 9999
Women's Slalom Standing Race 1 2013-02-24 2
Women's Super-Combined Standing Race 1 2013-02-25 2
Women's Giant Slalom Standing Race 1 2013-02-26 2
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Downhill Standing Final Round 2014-03-08 9999
Women's Super-G Standing Final Round 2014-03-10 9999
Women's Slalom Standing Final Round 2014-03-12 1
Women's Super Combined Standing Final Round 2014-03-14 2
Women's Giant Slalom Standing Final Round 2014-03-16 2
2015 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships Panorama (Panorama, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Downhill Standing Race 1 2015-03-04 2
Women's Super-G Standing Race 1 2015-03-05 2
Women's Super-Combined Standing Race 1 2015-03-07 2
Women's Giant Slalom Standing Race 1 2015-03-08 2
Women's Slalom Standing Race 1 2015-03-10 9999
2017 IPC Alpine skiing World Championships Tarvisio, ITA (Tarvisio, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Downhill Standing Race 1 2017-01-25 2
Women's Super-G Standing Race 1 2017-01-26 3
Women's Super-Combined Standing Race 1 2017-01-28 2
Women's Giant Slalom Standing Race 1 2017-01-30 1
Women's Slalom Standing Race 1 2017-01-31 1
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Downhill Standing Final 2018-03-10 2
Women's Super-G Standing Final 2018-03-11 2
Women's Super Combined Standing Final 2018-03-13 2
Women's Giant Slalom Standing Final 2018-03-14 2
Women's Slalom Standing Final 2018-03-18 3
Kranjska Gora/Sella Nevea 2019 World Para Alpine Skiing Championships (Kranjska Gora/Sella Nevea, Slovenia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Giant Slalom Standing Race 1 2019-01-22 9999
Women's Slalom Standing Race 1 2019-01-24 3
Women's Downhill Standing Race 1 2019-01-30 2
Women's Super-Combined Standing Race 1 2019-01-31 2
Women's Super-G Standing Race 1 (from SC) 2019-01-31 2