Paralympic Winter Games
04 - 13 March

Golden family: Aigner siblings achieve Paralympic glory

Veronika Aigner wins giant slalom gold with guide and sister Elisabeth, while Barbara takes bronze Brother Johannes Aigner has already claimed two golds in Beijing 11 Mar 2022
Veronika Aigner and guide and sister Elisabeth Aigner react after winning the giant slalom gold medal
Veronika Aigner and guide and sister Elisabeth Aigner react after winning the giant slalom gold medal
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By OIS and IPC

The Aigner family kept making Para Alpine Skiing history at the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games.

Veronika Aigner, guided by her sister Elisabeth, took gold in the women's giant slalom vision impaired, while her other sister Barbara, guided by Klara Sykora, secured bronze in the same event on the fifth day of competition at the Yangqing National Alpine Skiing Centre.

Austria's newly-crowned Paralympic champion said: "I feel very good and we are so happy that I and my sisters are on the podium. It's crazy.

"I'm very happy. One week ago I didn't know if I would stand on the podium and today we have gold and we are so happy."

Elisabeth added: "I cried at the flower ceremony because I'm so happy to win with my sisters. All of us cried at the ceremony.

"The family is very sporty and we are very happy to (win medals) in this race."

Barbara said: "It's very special for me because it's not normal that the whole family is here and I can ski against and with them, so I am very proud of everybody."

Sykora, who guides Barbara, admitted she also feels part of the Aigner family. "I am skiing with Barbara the fourth year now and I saw every one of them grow up and I'm just so unbelievably proud of everyone."

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Their brother Johannes Aigner has also been succeeding on Chinese soil as he already secured two golds, one silver and one bronze in the men's vision impaired competition.

Veronika said: "I'm very proud that my brother gets four medals in four disciplines. It's a crazy feeling and I'm so proud.

"It's very crazy that all the sisters and brother got a medal. We are so proud of the sisters and brother."

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All Aigner siblings are set to compete in the men's and women's slalom competitions to round up their participation at Beijing 2022.

Also on 11 March, Chinese Mengqiu Zhang won her second Paralympic title in the women's giant slalom standing, while Japanese Momoka Muraoka took her third Beijing 2022 gold in the sitting category.

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