The perfect groove
With seven Paralympic gold medals, eleven World Championship titles, six overall World Cup victories and 67 single World Cup victories under her belt, monoski champion Anna Schaffelhuber – who recently announced that she is retiring – can look back over a glittering career. But Anna will not be resigning from her role as ambassador for Ottobock – “because I want to represent performance and quality. Every day I try to give of my best, achieve new things and push myself to the limit.“
Alongside her sporting commitments, Anna completed six semesters of studying to become a maths and economics teacher. Having passed her final examination, she has now embarked on her official year of teaching practice. A strict plan helped her to cope with the pressure.
Even as a child, Anna was resolute and single-minded – qualities that are reflected today in her professional attitude to sport. These qualities have made her a role model for everyone who won’t take no for an answer.
“Somebody once told me that it’s not automatically the person with the most talent who wins the race; it’s the person who wins it in their head. I didn’t quite understand that 100 per cent at first. But now I get it 1,000 per cent.”
Anna Schaffelhuber, Ottobock ambassador and former top para-athlete
Never waver, never stop
The 2014 Paralympic Games in Sochi will remain forever impressed on Anna’s memory. There she celebrated no fewer than five victories, winning gold in all her races and crowning herself Queen of Paralympic Winter Sports – at the tender age of 21.
“In Sochi I achieved the best possible results, an absolute dream. But wonderful as it was, the work and challenges afterwards were just as great as a result,“ says the top athlete.
In 2015 Anna was presented the Paralympic Sport Award by the International Paralympic Committee and nominated Disabled Sportswoman of the Year, aged just 22!
Anna lived up to this title in impressive fashion in PyeongChang in 2018, winning two gold medals and one silver medal. At the World Para Alpine Skiing Championships in January 2019 she delivered once again, winning two gold medals and three silver medals.
Victories and achievements
|Paralympic Games||World Para Alpine Skiing Championships||World Cup||European Cup|
|Vancouver 2010||Since 2011||2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015||Total|
|Sochi 2014||Canada 2015|
|PyeongChang 2018||Slovenia 2019|
- Nationality: German
- Year of birth: 1993
- Sport: alpine skiing
- Classification: women’s sitting LW 10-2
- Coach: Justus Wolf
- Device: in daily life: Invader