Four years after being paralysed in a motorcycle accident in 2002, Georg Kreiter took up Para alpine skiing and made his debut for Germany in 2009.
After just a couple of seasons skiing on the international circuit, in 2011-12 he broke into the men's sitting World Cup top ten. Kreiter stayed there in the following seasons before finishing a career high fifth in 2014-15.
He dropped back slightly in 2015-16, but still finished fourth in the giant slalom.
Determined to make-up for a disappointing Paralympic debut at Sochi 2014 where he crossed the finish line in just one event, Kreiter won double gold at the 2015 World Championships.
He did so in the face of tough opposition. Japan’s multiple Paralympic and world medallists Takeshi Suzuki and Taiki Morii were both in Panorama aiming to put in their best performances on the world stage.
But it was Kreiter who emerged onto the top of the podium twice, equalling another improving skier in the form of New Zealand’s Corey Peters. The pair will face each other once again at the 2017 World Para Alpine Skiing Championships in Tarvisio, Italy.
Further personal information
Sport specific information
He fell during a race at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang and broke his collarbone. (businessinsider.sg, 15 Mar 2018)
In October 2019 he announced his retirement from Para alpine skiing. "Thank you, it was an honour! Yes, the Georg stops, or a little more formal, as an athlete, I'm officially retiring from active competitive alpine skiing. After 10 years I have lots to tell. Too much for a [Facebook] post. My participation in two Paralympics, four world championships, approximately 200 starts in the European and World Cup and certainly more than 1000 snow days gave me unique and unforgettable moments. But as with everything, it's time to say goodbye at some point. And where there is an end, there is often a new beginning, I look forward to everything that comes." (Facebook page, 01 Jan 2021)
|Men's Slalom Sitting||Final||2011-01-20||9999|
|Men's Giant Slalom Sitting||Final||2011-01-21||6|
|Mixed Team Event VI/Sitting/Standing||Final||2011-01-23||2|
|Men's Downhill Sitting||Race 1||2013-02-20||8|
|Men's Super-G Sitting||Race 1||2013-02-21||9|
|Men's Slalom Sitting||Race 1||2013-02-24||9999|
|Men's Super-Combined Sitting||Race 1||2013-02-25||9999|
|Men's Giant Slalom Sitting||Race 1||2013-02-26||7|
|Men's Downhill Sitting||Final Round||2014-03-08||8|
|Men's Super-G Sitting||Final Round||2014-03-09||9999|
|Men's Slalom Sitting||Final Round||2014-03-13||9999|
|Men's Super Combined Sitting||Final Round||2014-03-14||9999|
|Men's Giant Slalom Sitting||Final Round||2014-03-15||9999|
|Men's Downhill Sitting||Race 1||2015-03-04||8|
|Men's Super-G Sitting||Race 1||2015-03-05||6|
|Men's Super-Combined Sitting||Race 1||2015-03-07||1|
|Men's Giant Slalom Sitting||Race 1||2015-03-08||1|
|Men's Slalom Sitting||Race 1||2015-03-10||9999|
|Men's Downhill Sitting||Race 1||2017-01-25||7|
|Men's Super-G Sitting||Race 1||2017-01-26||8|
|Men's Super-Combined Sitting||Race 1||2017-01-28||9999|
|Men's Giant Slalom Sitting||Race 1||2017-01-30||9999|
|Men's Slalom Sitting||Race 1||2017-01-31||9999|
|Men's Downhill Sitting||Final||2018-03-10||10|
|Men's Super-G Sitting||Final||2018-03-11||9999|
|Men's Super Combined Sitting||Final||2018-03-13||9999|
|Men's Giant Slalom Sitting||Final||2018-03-14||9999|