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Georg Kreiter

Georg Kreiter

Alpine Skiing

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.

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW10-1

Further personal information

Residence
Egling, GER
Occupation
Graphical Design
Languages
English, German

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began Para alpine skiing in 2006 in Kaunertal, Austria.
Why this sport?
He was inspired to take up the sport after watching the 2006 Paralympic Winter Games on television. "The first time I was sitting in a sit ski, it was difficult but it was also amazing. I knew immediately that the sport would be my future. I went skiing as often as possible with my friends and family. I just felt free when I was skiing and there was no difference between me and the other 'normal' skiers."
Club / Team
RSV Murnau: Germany
Name of coach
Justus Wolf [national], GER

International debut

Year
2009
Competing for
Germany

General interest

Nicknames
Georgie (skiteam-alpin.org, 2010)
Hobbies
Playing the piano. (paralympic.org, 19 Jan 2017)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in both sitting giant slalom and sitting super combined at the 2015 World Championships in Panorama, BC, Canada. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
German Para alpine skier Franz Hanfstingl. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018)
Injuries
In October 2018 he injured his left shoulder after crashing during a training session. Two months later, he injured his right shoulder in another fall and had to pull out of the 2019 World Championships in Slovenia and Italy. (sportschau.de, 18 Jan 2019; merkur.de, 06 Dec 2018)

He fell during a race at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang and broke his collarbone. (businessinsider.sg, 15 Mar 2018)
Awards and honours
He was named the 2015 Para Sportsman of the Year by the German Paralympic Committee [DBS]. (dbs-npc.de, 28 Nov 2015)
Impairment
In September 2002 he was travelling to a football match on his motorcycle when he crashed into a tree. His injuries led to complete paraplegia from the fifth thoracic vertebra, and he spent six days in an artificial coma. After multiple operations and rehabilitation, he was released from hospital in February 2003. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018; georgkreiter.de, 2010)

Results

Unit Date Rank
2011 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships (Sestriere, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
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
IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships (La Molina, Spain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
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
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
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
2015 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships Panorama (Panorama, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
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
2017 IPC Alpine skiing World Championships Tarvisio, ITA (Tarvisio, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
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
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
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