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    Anna Schaffelhuber

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    Germany Germany Para alpine skiing 28 January 1993

    Regensburg, Germany

    a female Para skier


    Human Interest
    Data Value
    Impairment Information
    Type of Impairment Spinal Cord Injuries
    Origin of Impairment Congenital
    Classification LW10-2
    Further Personal Information
    Family Partner Michael
    Residence Hohenkirchen, GER
    Languages English, French, German
    Higher education Teaching - Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich: Germany
    Sport Specific Information
    When and where did you begin this sport? She first tried skiing at age five in Kaunertal, Austria.
    Why this sport? As a child she wanted to be included in all the activities her brothers and her friends were doing, which included skiing. "I wanted to ski like my brothers and I had so much fun. This sport gives me a certain freedom in movement and speed. I feel independent and inspired, and I want to do it for a long time."
    International Debut
    Year 2010
    Competing for Germany
    Location Abtenau, AUT
    General Interest
    Nicknames Anni (annaschaffelhuber.de, 10 Dec 2010)
    Hobbies Sports. (bild.de, 11 Mar 2018)
    Memorable sporting achievement Winning a total of seven gold medals at the Paralympic Winter Games. (sporthilfe.de, 23 Jul 2018)
    Most influential person in career Her family, and German Para alpine skier Martin Braxenthaler. (Athlete, 08 Mar 2014)
    Hero / Idol German Para alpine skier Martin Braxenthaler. (Athlete, 08 Mar 2014)
    Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs "My ritual is to do everything the same. I have the same schedule each time I race." (paralympic.org, 14 Jan 2015)
    Sporting philosophy / motto "You have to push the limits." (Beth D. Dixon YouTube channel, 22 Nov 2016)
    Awards and honours In 2018 she received the Jahrhundert-Sportpreis [Century Sports Award] from the state government of Bavaria in Germany. (welt.de, 12 Jul 2018)

    In 2015 she was named Best Female Athlete by the International Paralympic Committee [IPC]. (IPC, 10 Feb 2018)

    In 2014 she received the Silbernes Lorbeerblatt [Silver Laurel Leaf] in Germany. (bundespraesident.de, 05 May 2014)

    She was named the 2014 Para Sportswoman of the Year by BVS Bayern in Germany. (dbs-npc.de, 01 Apr 2014)

    She was flag bearer for Germany at the closing ceremony of the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver. (sport1.de, 2011)

    She has been named Para Sportswoman of the Year by the German Paralympic Committee on five occasions. (IPC, 10 Feb 2018; dbs-npc.de, 28 Nov 2015, 29 Nov 2014)
    Impairment She was born with incomplete paraplegia. In 2009 her condition developed into complete paraplegia. (IPC, 10 Feb 2018; Beth D. Dixon YouTube channel, 22 Nov 2016)
    Other information RETIREMENT
    In November 2019 she announced her retirement from Para alpine skiing. "Everything in life has its time. After careful thought, I decided to step down from active competitive sports. After 12 years it's time for me to open a new chapter. I am very grateful that I was able to celebrate great successes during this time, but also defeats have positively shaped my life. Sport also gave me the opportunity to meet many people from all over the world and to have gained exceptional friends. I realise a resignation at 26 years old appears early. Nevertheless, it feels 'complete' and I'm looking forward to new challenges. After my wedding and graduation from my teaching degree, a new phase of life begins." (Facebook page, 11 Nov 2019)

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