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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,[1] and is a nine-time UCI World Champion.[2] She was paralysed following a crash in June 2018.[3]

Kristina Vogel
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Vogel in 2013
Personal information
Born (1990-11-10) 10 November 1990 (age 28)
Leninskoye, Bishkek, Kirghiz SSR
Height1.60 m (5 ft 3 in)
Team information
DisciplineTrack
RoleRider
Rider typeSprinter

CareerEdit

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.[4] 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.

In April 2009, Vogel was seriously injured after a collision with a minibus when riding on the roads near her home in Erfurt. She was in an artificial coma for two days. She competed at the 2010 UCI Track Cycling World Championships, where she finished fifth in the individual sprint and sixth in the team sprint alongside Miriam Welte.[5] She also competed at the 2011 UCI Track Cycling World Championships.

 
Welte and Vogel on the podium at the 2012 Track World Championships

At the 2012 UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Melbourne, Vogel and Welte won the gold medal in the team sprint. They set a world record in qualifying which they broke again in the final.[6] Vogel and Welte would go on to win the first ever Olympic gold medal in women's team sprint later that year in London, benefiting from competitors being relegated in both the semifinal and final.

On 26 June 2018, in the Cottbus velodrome, Vogel collided while at full speed with a Dutch junior cyclist who was practising a standing start. In her own words, "There where I was and where he stood was not even two meters. I must have come to a complete stop in an instant." [7] The immediate crash on the concrete floor caused several fractures but in particular severed her spinal cord at the seventh thoracic vertebrae and consequently caused paraplegia. Vogel's teammate Maximilian Levy was the first to come to her aid,[8] and following the accident, he and fellow cyclist Max Dörnbach, using the hashtag #staystrongkristina, went on to raise €119,752 for her recovery.[9]

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.[10] On 7 September 2018, as a result of this accident, Vogel has said that she "can't walk any more" and has to use a wheelchair.[11][12] In addition to her track cycling career, Vogel was a part-time police officer before her accident.[4][5][11]

In 2019, she began a new career in politics, standing for election as a candidate for the CDU in Erfurt city council elections, which will take place in May.[13]

Major resultsEdit

2008
UCI World Junior Track Championships
1st   Keirin
1st   Sprint
1st   500m time trial
2nd Sprint, Grand Prix de Vitesse de Saint Denis
2014
UEC European Championships
1st   Keirin
2nd Team Sprint (with Miriam Welte)
3rd Sprint
Cottbuser SprintCup
1st Keirin
1st Sprint
1st 500m Time Trial
Memorial of Alexander Lesnikov
1st Keirin
1st Sprint
1st 500m Time Trial
Cottbuser SprintCup (2)
1st Keirin
2nd Sprint
GP von Deutschland im Sprint
1st Keirin
1st Sprint
Cottbuser Nächte
1st Keirin
1st Sprint
1st Team Sprint (with Miriam Welte)
1st Sprint, Track-Cycling Challenge Grenchen
2015
Cottbuser SprintCup
1st Keirin
2nd Sprint
GP von Deutschland im Sprint
1st Keirin
3rd Team Sprint (with Miriam Welte)
Internationale Radsport Meeting
1st Keirin
1st Sprint
1st 500m Time Trial
1st Keirin, Cottbuser Nächte
UEC European Track Championships
2nd Team Sprint (with Miriam Welte)
3rd Sprint
2nd Sprint, Cottbuser SprintCup
2nd Sprint, Dudenhofen
3rd Keirin, Öschelbronn
2016
GP von Deutschland im Sprint
1st Keirin
1st Sprint
1st Team Sprint (with Miriam Welte)
Cottbuser SprintCup
1st Sprint
2nd Keirin
3rd 500m Time Trial
2017
UCI World Track Championships
1st   Keirin
3rd Team Sprint (with Miriam Welte)
1st   Sprint, Round 1, (Pruszków) Track Cycling World Cup[14]
UEC European Track Championships
1st   Keirin
1st   Sprint
2nd Team Sprint (with Miriam Welte)
1st Sprint, Öschelbronn
1st Keirin, Oberhausen
1st Sprint, Dudenhofen
Cottbuser SprintCup
1st Keirin
1st Sprint
1st Sprint GP von Deutschland im Sprint
National Track Championships
1st   Keirin
1st   Sprint
1st   Team Sprint (with Pauline Grabosch)
3rd 500m Time Trial

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Kristina Vogel Olympic Results". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 11 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Track cycling: Kristina Vogel reviews 2017". 26 December 2017. Retrieved 11 November 2018.
  3. ^ "Kristina Vogel: Olympic champion wants to 'give something back' to cycling after accident". BBC Sport. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  4. ^ a b Williams, Ollie (1 November 2013). "Track Cycling World Cup: Winning Olympic gold and fighting crime". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 1 November 2013.
  5. ^ a b James, Ryland (10 June 2012). "From broken neck to breaking records for Vogel". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved 1 November 2013.
  6. ^ Aubrey, Jane (4 April 2012). "Germany set new world record twice en-route to rainbow jersey". Cycling News.
  7. ^ "Kristina about her crash (in German)". Eurosport.
  8. ^ "Kristina Vogel in stable condition but remains in intensive care". Cycling News. 30 June 2018. Retrieved 11 November 2018.
  9. ^ "#staystrongkristina". 29 June 2019. Retrieved 11 November 2018.
  10. ^ "NOS Dutch news". NOS Nieuws.
  11. ^ a b "Kristina Vogel 'can't walk any more' after injuring spine during crash". BBC News. 7 September 2018.
  12. ^ "German track cyclist Kristina Vogel a paraplegic after crash". MSN. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  13. ^ "Kristina Vogel: Paralyzed cycling star turns to politics". CNN. 25 February 2019. Retrieved 27 February 2019.
  14. ^ "Australia's Scotson and Meyer take Madison title, Wild claims women's omnium in Pruszkow". cyclingnews.com. 4 November 2017. Retrieved 7 November 2017.

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