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 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)
In mid-2018 she relocated to Ostersund, Sweden, to start training with Swedish guide Johannes Andersson. She claimed there was not enough financial support in Austria to pay for her guide thus she decided to move to Sweden. However, Andersson is unable to guide her in international competitions because they do not come from the same country. (ibelieveinyou.at, 01 Sep 2018; Instagram team profile, 11 Dec 2018; johannesskanskskidakare.se, 13 Nov 2018)
|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|