23842-Noemi Ewa Ristau photo

Noemi Ewa Ristau

Alpine Skiing


Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Paula Brenzel

Further personal information

Marburg an der Lahn, GER
English, German

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She first tried skiing at age three. She began competing in Para alpine skiing in 2015 in Kaunertal, Austria.
Why this sport?
Her father encouraged her to take up the sport. She also enjoyed competing because it gave her great satisfaction.
Club / Team
SF Blau-Gelb Marburg [GER] / SSG Blista Marburg [GER]:
Name of coach
Justus Wolf [national], GER
Training Regime
She trains for around 12 hours a week.

International debut

Competing for
Rinn, AUT

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Being selected to compete at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games, winning her first event [super G] at a World Cup competition in 2018 in Kimberley, BC, Canada, and placing third in slalom at the 2017 World Championships in Tarvisio, Italy. (Athlete, 07 Mar 2018)
Most influential person in career
Her father. (Athlete, 07 Mar 2018)
She tore the posterior cruciate ligament in her left knee in September 2021. She returned to training six weeks later with the support of a leg brace. (, 20 Jan 2022;, 22 Jan 2022;, 25 Nov 2021)

In June 2021 she had surgery on a shoulder injury. (Facebook page, 21 Jun 2021, 14 Apr 2021)

A broken ankle meant she was unable to compete at the 2019 World Championships in Slovenia and Italy. (, 18 Jan 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Things are never as they seem. They are always what you make of them." (Facebook profile, 20 Jan 2019)
Awards and honours
She and her guide Paula Brenzel were named the 2020 Team of the Year in Hesse, Germany. (, 16 Dec 2020)

She was named the 2017 Para Athlete of the Year in Hesse, Germany. (, 25 Sep 2017)
Other sports
In 2009 she played in an international vision impaired football tournament in Marburg, Germany. (, 01 Dec 2009)
To win a gold medal at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (, 13 Feb 2021)
Her eyesight began to deteriorate at age 12 as a result of the effects of Stargardt disease. "By the time I was 18, I was virtually blind. Without the disease, skiing would probably remain a hobby. After my eyesight got worse, it was like my body could feel something again by skiing." (, 25 Jan 2020; Vodafone Group YouTube channel, 14 Jun 2019;, 30 Mar 2017;, 03 Feb 2017)


Unit Date Rank
2017 IPC Alpine skiing World Championships Tarvisio, ITA (Tarvisio, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Giant Slalom VI Race 1 2017-01-30 5
Women's Slalom VI Race 1 2017-01-31 3
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Downhill Visually Impaired Final 2018-03-10 4
Women's Super-G Visually Impaired Final 2018-03-11 7
Women's Super Combined Visually Impaired Final 2018-03-13 5
Women's Giant Slalom Visually Impaired Final 2018-03-14 4
Women's Slalom Visually Impaired Final 2018-03-18 5