Carina Edlinger has high expectations for her second World Championships in Prince George, Canada. The Austrian vision impaired skier has recently sealed four cross-country wins over two 2018-19 World Cups.
She was a bit disappointed after her performance at her maiden Winter Paralympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.
Prior to the Games, Edlinger had confirmed her status as a clear candidate for gold after finishing as the overall cross-country World Cup winner for a second successive year.
But she struggled with the pressure and had to settle for bronze in the women´s cross-country middle distance vision impaired at PyeongChang 2018. She will most certainly have many more opportunities to win a Paralympic gold.
Edlinger’s debut season in 2016-17 was stunning.
The Austrian claimed gold in the women’s cross-country sprint and long distance vision impaired events at the World Championships in Finsterau, Germany. She also added a bronze to her haul in the cross-country middle distance.
Edlinger finished as the overall winner of the cross-country World Cup after capturing four wins and six other podium-finishes.
Edlinger’s sight in both eyes decreased due to a rare genetic disease.
Further personal information
Sport specific information
She was voted the 2019 Female Para Athlete of the Year by members of the Sports Media Austria. (oepc.at, 31 Oct 2019)
In 2018 she received the Golden Sport Award for Impaired Sport from the Austrian Ski Federation. (oesv.at, 23 Jun 2018)
She received the Goldenen Lowen [Golden Lion] for Rookie of the Year at the 2017 Leonidas Sports Gala in Salzburg, Austria. (salzburg24.at, 16 Nov 2017)
Her guide dog Riley accompanied her to the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. "For me, the most important thing coming to China was to bring my dog. If my dog would not have been able to enter China, I would directly fly home. So it wasn't the easiest task for the [International] Paralympic Committee with me. My dog is a guide dog. I see between 1.5% and 2% so I am probably the most low-vision athlete who is competing here [Beijing 2022], so it's kind of tricky but he helped me – not only to find my ways but also emotionally over the past couple of days. Even when you have a bad day your dog still comes to you and wants to have a cuddle. So he is more than gold. He's always there. If he's not there it's a bad day for me. As long as I have him [it's good]. He's my biggest fan in life. No one can cheer or shout so much for me. My dog needs to be there." (OIS, 09 Mar 2022)
Having previously competed as a B1 athlete, she took part in the B2 events at the 2021 World Championships in Lillehammer, Norway. Her classification changed after her eyesight improved. "I was in a new situation today [in Lillehammer], because for the first time in six years I started without a guide." (salzburg24.at, 13 Jan 2022; Instagram profile, 08 Jan 2022)
She has studied journalism and has written articles for the International Paralympic Committee [IPC] website. "Many athletes, even here [at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing], come up to me and say, 'How are you doing? You have a normal conversation about life and all that stuff. For me, that was a thing to think about, how can I make a job around that because I love to talk with people and hear interesting stories. I'm interested in any sport. And it's not just sports. It's more the talking or communicating with people to hear their story because pretty much everyone has an interesting story." But she says it has been a challenge to find experience as a reporter. "When you say, 'I want to work as a journalist', they can't even imagine it. They're not even giving you a chance. In my mind, everything is possible. As long as there is a will, you will always find a way. Of course, it's a bit more tricky, but if I have some support it's possible." (OIS, 02 Mar 2022; paralympic.org, 17 Nov 2021)
|Women's Sprint - Free Style VI||Final||2017-02-12||1|
|Women's Long Distance - Classic VI||Final||2017-02-16||1|
|Women's Middle Distance - Free Style VI||Final||2017-02-19||3|
|Women's 15km Free Visual Impaired||Final||2018-03-12||4|
|Women's 1.5km Sprint Classic Visual Impaired||Final||2018-03-14||4|
|Women's 7.5km Classic Visual Impaired||Final||2018-03-17||3|
|Women's Middle Distance - Free Style VI||Final||2019-02-17||2|
|Women's Sprint - Free Style VI||Final||2019-02-18||1|
|Women's Sprint VI||Final||2019-02-20||9999|
|Women's Long Distance - Classic VI||Final||2019-02-24||1|