female wheelchair basketball player Laura Fuerst fighting with another player for the ball

Laura Fuerst

Wheelchair Basketball

Laura Fuerst made her Paralympic Games debut at Rio 2016. Although the experienced nature of the squad meant her playing time was limited, Fuerst showed glimpses of what to expect ahead of Tokyo 2020. She starred at her home 2018 World Championships in Hamburg, where Germany defeated China 44-43 for bronze.

During Rio 2016, the 2-point player collected modest stats, including four points, two assists and three rebounds in the opening game in front of a rowdy Brazilian home crowd.

A product of the German Under-25 and U22 junior national teams, Fuerst played college wheelchair basketball at the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater in the USA. She had only been playing for three years prior to her move abroad.

Fuerst was involved in snowmobile accident in 2008 during an exchange year in the USA. Very involved in sports before her accident, Fuerst knew she wanted to stay active and was introduced to wheelchair basketball during rehab.

Her hobbies include hand-cycling and swimming.


Unit Date Rank
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women Group A 2016-09-09 4
Women Group A 2016-09-10 6
Women Group A 2016-09-11 7
Women Group A 2016-09-12 9
Women Group A - Standings 2016-09-12 1
Women Quarterfinal 2016-09-13 302
Women Semifinal 2016-09-15 202
Women Final 2016-09-16 101
Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games (Tokyo, Japan)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women Group A 2021-08-26 4
Women Group A 2021-08-27 5
Women Group A 2021-08-28 8
Women Group A 2021-08-29 10
Women Group A - Standings 2021-08-29 1
Women Quarterfinal 2021-08-31 3
Women Semifinal 2021-09-02 2
Women Bronze Medal Match 2021-09-04 1