Anna Schaffelhuber28 January 1993 Regensburg, Germany
- LATEST TRIUMPHS:
- 2017 World Para Alpine Skiing Championships: Gold - slalom, super combined and downhill; Silver - giant slalom and super-G
- 2015 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships: Gold - super-G and giant slalom; Silver - slalom and super combined; Bronze - downhill
- Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games: Gold - downhill, slalom, super combined, super-G and giant slalom
- 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships - Gold: slalom; Silver: Giant slalom and super-G; bronze: downhill and super combined
- Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games: Bronze - super-G
Anna Schaffelhuber is one of Germany's most successful Para alpine skiers after winning five golds medals out of five at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games.
By her own standards 2016-17 was a mixed season. She failed to defend her super-G and giant slalom titles at the 2017 World Championships, but went on to claim gold in the slalom, super combined and downhill. Her rivalry with Claudia Loesch was once again in the headlines with the Austrian collecting wins in the remaining events. The story of the two world's best sit skiers will continue at the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games.
The German has been cruising down the slopes in a sit ski since age five, and in 2007 she made the national team for the first time.
She was the world’s top ranked sit-skier in 2012-13, winning a gold medal in the slalom event at the 2013 World Championships. She also was the first and only female sit-skier to cross the line in the first downhill race at the IPC Alpine Skiing World Cup Finals in Sochi, on the same course that was used for the Paralympic Winter Games.
She dominated the women's sitting class on the 2013-14 IPC Alpine Skiing World Cup circuit, hauling in the most victories of any competitor and winning the overall women's sitting trophy.
Sochi 2014 was Schaffelhuber’s second Paralympic Winter Games experience, having won a bronze medal in 2010 at just 17 years of age.
At the 2015 World Championships, Schaffelhuber’s rivalry with Loesch really came to the fore. Whilst Schaffelhuber was expected to reign supreme after her stunning performance in Sochi, she was beaten to the top of the podium twice by Loesch.
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