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Anna Schaffelhuber

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Anna Schaffelhuber is one of Germany's most successful Para alpine skiers after winning two golds and one silver in the women’s sitting events at the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games.

She could not repeat her staggering performance from Sochi 2014, when she swept all five events, but still left once again as one of the most decorated Paralympians.

In the 2017/2018, Schaffelhuber also ended top of the downhill and super-G World Cup rankings, as well as finishing third in the overall standings.

The previous season had also been highly successful for her as she sealed gold in the slalom, super-combined and downhill at the 2017 World Championships. Her rivalry with Claudia Loesch was once again in the headlines with the Austrian collecting wins in the remaining events.

The 2015 World Championships was the competition where Schaffelhuber’s rivalry with Loesch really came to the fore. While Schaffelhuber was expected to reign supreme after her stunning performance in Sochi, she was beaten to the top of the podium twice by Loesch.

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.

Schaffelhuber made her Paralympic debut at Vancouver 2010, winning bronze in the super-G.

She was the world’s top ranked sit-skier in 2012-13, winning a gold medal in slalom at the 2013 World Championships. She also was the first female sit-skier to cross the line in the first downhill race at the World Cup Finals in Sochi, on the same course that was used for the Paralympic Winter Games.

She dominated the women's sitting class again on the 2013-14 World Cup circuit, hauling in the most victories of any competitor and winning the overall women's sitting trophy.

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
LW10-2

Further personal information

Family
Partner Michael
Residence
Hohenkirchen, GER
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English, French, German
Higher education
Teaching - Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich: Germany

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She first tried skiing at age five in Kaunertal, Austria.
Why this sport?
As a child she wanted to be included in all the activities her brothers and her friends were doing, which included skiing. "I wanted to ski like my brothers and I had so much fun. This sport gives me a certain freedom in movement and speed. I feel independent and inspired, and I want to do it for a long time."
Club / Team
TSV Bayerbach: Germany
Name of coach
Justus Wolf [national], GER

International debut

Year
2010
Competing for
Germany
Location
Abtenau, AUT

General interest

Nicknames
Anni (annaschaffelhuber.de, 10 Dec 2010)
Hobbies
Sports. (bild.de, 11 Mar 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a total of seven gold medals at the Paralympic Winter Games. (sporthilfe.de, 23 Jul 2018)
Most influential person in career
Her family, and German Para alpine skier Martin Braxenthaler. (Athlete, 08 Mar 2014)
Hero / Idol
German Para alpine skier Martin Braxenthaler. (Athlete, 08 Mar 2014)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
"My ritual is to do everything the same. I have the same schedule each time I race." (paralympic.org, 14 Jan 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"You have to push the limits." (Beth D. Dixon YouTube channel, 22 Nov 2016)
Awards and honours
In 2018 she received the Jahrhundert-Sportpreis [Century Sports Award] from the state government of Bavaria in Germany. (welt.de, 12 Jul 2018)

In 2015 she was named Best Female Athlete by the International Paralympic Committee [IPC]. (IPC, 10 Feb 2018)

In 2014 she received the Silbernes Lorbeerblatt [Silver Laurel Leaf] in Germany. (bundespraesident.de, 05 May 2014)

She was named the 2014 Para Sportswoman of the Year by BVS Bayern in Germany. (dbs-npc.de, 01 Apr 2014)

She was flag bearer for Germany at the closing ceremony of the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver. (sport1.de, 2011)

She has been named Para Sportswoman of the Year by the German Paralympic Committee on five occasions. (IPC, 10 Feb 2018; dbs-npc.de, 28 Nov 2015, 29 Nov 2014)
Impairment
She was born with incomplete paraplegia. In 2009 her condition developed into complete paraplegia. (IPC, 10 Feb 2018; Beth D. Dixon YouTube channel, 22 Nov 2016)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
In 2018 she was named an ambassador for the sporting organisation Laureus. Her role involved working with the Laureus Sport for Good programme, which aims to help young people have a positive influence on society. "It's an honour for me. Sport changed my life and I am so excited to have the opportunity to give back." (laureus.com, 17 Oct 2018)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games (Vancouver, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Super-G Sitting Final Round 3
Women's Super Combined Sitting Final Round 4
Women's Giant Slalom Sitting Final Round 7
Women's Slalom Sitting Final Round 4
2011 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships (Sestriere, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Downhill Sitting Final 2011-01-16 4
Women's Super-G Sitting Final 2011-01-18 4
Women's Super-Combined Sitting Final 2011-01-19 1
Women's Slalom Sitting Final 2011-01-20 1
Women's Giant Slalom Sitting Final 2011-01-21 1
Mixed Team Event VI/Sitting/Standing Final 2011-01-23 2
IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships (La Molina, Spain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Downhill Sitting Race 1 2013-02-20 3
Women's Super-G Sitting Race 1 2013-02-21 2
Women's Slalom Sitting Race 1 2013-02-24 1
Women's Super-Combined Sitting Race 1 2013-02-25 3
Women's Giant Slalom Sitting Race 1 2013-02-26 2
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Downhill Sitting Final Round 2014-03-08 1
Women's Super-G Sitting Final Round 2014-03-10 1
Women's Slalom Sitting Final Round 2014-03-12 1
Women's Super Combined Sitting Final Round 2014-03-14 1
Women's Giant Slalom Sitting Final Round 2014-03-16 1
2015 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships Panorama (Panorama, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Downhill Sitting Race 1 2015-03-04 3
Women's Super-G Sitting Race 1 2015-03-05 1
Women's Super-Combined Sitting Race 1 2015-03-07 2
Women's Giant Slalom Sitting Race 1 2015-03-08 1
Women's Slalom Sitting Race 1 2015-03-10 2
2017 IPC Alpine skiing World Championships Tarvisio, ITA (Tarvisio, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Downhill Sitting Race 1 2017-01-25 1
Women's Super-G Sitting Race 1 2017-01-26 2
Women's Super-Combined Sitting Race 1 2017-01-28 1
Women's Giant Slalom Sitting Race 1 2017-01-30 2
Women's Slalom Sitting Race 1 2017-01-31 1
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Downhill Sitting Final 2018-03-10 1
Women's Super-G Sitting Final 2018-03-11 1
Women's Super Combined Sitting Final 2018-03-13 2
Women's Giant Slalom Sitting Final 2018-03-14 5
Women's Slalom Sitting Final 2018-03-18 4
Kranjska Gora/Sella Nevea 2019 World Para Alpine Skiing Championships (Kranjska Gora/Sella Nevea, Slovenia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Giant Slalom Sitting Race 1 2019-01-22 2
Women's Slalom Sitting Race 1 2019-01-24 2
Women's Downhill Sitting Race 1 2019-01-30 1
Women's Super-G Sitting Race 1 (from SC) 2019-01-31 1
Women's Super-Combined Sitting Race 1 2019-01-31 2