German Paralympic champion Annika Zeyen signs Golden Book of Bonn

Para cycling star recognised by her home city 14 Apr 2022
Annika Zeyen signs the Golden Book of Bonn as Bonn Mayor smiles behind
Annika Zeyen signs the Golden Book of Bonn for a second time
ⒸSascha Engst/Bundesstadt Bonn
By IPC and Bundesstadt Bonn

German Paralympic cycling champion Annika Zeyen has signed the Golden Book of the city of Bonn as recognition for her outstanding sporting achievements. 

In 2021, the 37-year-old secured gold, silver and bronze medals in the Para Cycling Road World Championships in Portugal, and followed that up with one gold and one silver at the Paralympic Games in Tokyo. 

This is the second time that Zeyen signs the Golden Book of Bonn as she was first recognised in 2020 after reaching the top of the podium at the Road World Championships in the Netherlands in 2019. 

"I am very thankful to be recognised once again by the City of Bonn. It is a huge honour to sign the book for the second time," said Zeyen, also an International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Brand Manager and a wheelchair basketball Paralympic champion from London 2012. 

"Unfortunately, due to the COVID restrictions my family and friends were not able to be in person in Tokyo or in Cascais (Portugal). Therefore, the Golden Book signing in the townhall was extra special because many of the people who have contributed to my successes in 2021 were able to be there in person (coaches, doctors, physios…) as well as friends, family and colleagues." 

Bonn Mayor Katja Dörner added: “To win the Paralympic Games in two disciplines and titles at two World Championships is an impressive achievement. On behalf of the city, I congratulate Annika Zeyen warmly. She contributes to the name of the city of Bonn in the largest international sporting competitions and thus also to the reputation of the sports city of Bonn.”