Source: Dainik Bhaskar (10-Sept-2018)

Olympic champion Kristina Vogel-inspiration for many

Kristina Vogel (born 10 November 1990) is a German former track cyclist. During her career, she won two gold medals and a bronze at the Olympic Games, and is a nine-time UCI World Champion. She was paralysed following a crash in June 2018.

Career

Vogel was born in Leninskoye, a district of Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, and moved to Germany with her parents when she was six months old. In 2007 and 2008 she competed at the Junior European and World Championships and became a six-time junior world champion and two-time junior European champion. The Dutch cyclist was physically uninjured and received psychological support. Thorwald Veneberg, official of the Dutch Cyclists Union had contacted Vogel’s coach but the coach asked to wait. On 7 September 2018, as a result of this accident, Vogel has said that she “can’t walk any more”. In addition to her track cycling career, Vogel is a part-time police officer.

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