The last round was her undoing: Olympic champion fights in a wheelchair back to life

On 26. June 2018 trained to the Maximum. "The others wanted to stop, but I wanted to go one last round," recalls the Athlete. So it starts again in the team s

The last round was her undoing: Olympic champion fights in a wheelchair back to life

On 26. June 2018 trained to the Maximum. "The others wanted to stop, but I wanted to go one last round," recalls the Athlete. So it starts again in the team sprint. She drives in the wind shadow of a colleague, to then take the lead.

The adrenaline shoots through Kristina's body. Then something goes wrong. In a split second, they collided at maximum speed, with other drivers and crashes hard. "When I was injured on the ground, I tried to breathe quietly. I couldn't move, and I immediately realized that something Bad happened.“ Kristina watched as first responders provide. When she sees how someone carries away your shoes, don't know you, that she can feel her legs. Donations for Wings for Life

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Kristina's first question in the hospital: "I'm a paraplegic?"

The Athlete will be flown by helicopter to the accident hospital in Berlin, and surgery. Your injuries are severe. Among other things, your chest is smashed leg, your spinal cord from the 7. Thoracic vertebrae injured. As she wakes up from the coma, she wants to know one thing immediately: "I'm a paraplegic?" Her longtime live-in partner, Michael, and the patient's chief physician must confirm your fear. "I know how to do me a small tear on my cheek is rolled."

In the first time for Kristina to Survive, only after weeks, you can ask your paraplegia. "Michael has once again used the Hand on my thigh and caressed me. I was so mad. I couldn't understand why he touches me even when I feel but nothing more.“ It could be any

the main cause of paraplegia are accidents in daily life.

50% of traffic accidents

24% falls

17%, other causes of

6% sports

3% extreme sports

For the top athlete, a painstaking journey begins. For the first Time in a wheelchair. Drive him. Which, as she says, serious and annoying legs mobilize. Without help from bed to wheelchair transfer. Alone in the shower. "I was never patient. And suddenly, everything took forever. Sometimes I'm freaked out,“ she admits honestly. But Kristina is on the move and is always self-employed.

Soon you are back in your home, in the many adapted and a Lift must be installed. "A lot of things could help me Michael." You Rock, as with any story about the former Radsprinter is clear. If it feels like a burden it has imposed on him? "Yes," she says, "especially in the beginning. Nothing was how we had it planned. I would have understood if he had gone.“ But Michael remains. And hides the wheelchair. "He always says, I'm still me, only smaller," she smiles.

bird: "I now know what it's like to sit in nappies in a TV Show

" In an athlete's Gala will appear Kristina for the first Time in a wheelchair. She wears a long white dress and Golden hair jewelry. Michael is with her. The journalists are rushing to the top athlete, everyone wants to know how to do it to her. "I was strong, but of course, I am pure to this and many other events through the back door, because nothing is accessible," she says. And is still in private: "There are just things no one wants to talk. Now I know what it's like to sit in nappies in a TV Show. Or to always have to be afraid, to be able to incontinence't hide.“

A sensitive issue, with nearly all of the Paraplegics have to fight. "I am yet to learn." Kristina, it is important that such problems and grievances, to make. For that, you even went in the policy. "Discrimination is a big issue. This does not stop at the skin color, sexual orientation, or disability – it is continuous everywhere. Even if a Healthy occupied the handicapped Parking spot.“

Olympic champion bird: "no one but me decide on my dreams."

in 2009, was Kristina, two days in a coma, after you had taken a minibus on a training journey the right-of-way. Not even ten months later, she competed at the German Championships and has retracted the next best result of the past twenty years. "I was with the Sport is still not finished. I had so many goals and want to prove that no one except me decide on my dreams," says Kristina, looking back.

Something in her but also peace with the new Situation closed. "I have achieved in Sport, everything and nothing is missed. I always wanted to stop undefeated – and I managed somehow,“ grins with black Humor. "Life is beautiful, and I still very much the joy of life in me. I know that there are a lot of people got it worse than me. And do it.“

For the future, Kristina plans to have a couple of exciting projects, including his own show, in presenting, other athletes, and commentators jobs in sports broadcasting. And at some point a family of my own. "I'm proud of what I've done in the last few years. Of someone who can turn around not even alone, up here it was a lot of work. It's like a Competition, and I'm still in the middle of it.“

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Updated Date: 01 April 2021, 09:26

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