Anna Schaffelhuber

When monoski athlete Anna Schaffelhuber travelled to the Paralympic Games in PyeongChang in 2018, she was there to defend no fewer than five titles. Despite the immense pressure, she mastered the challenge superbly and won two gold medals plus one silver medal.

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

Anna Schaffelhuber

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
  • Bronze in Super-G
  • 6 gold, 4 silver, 3 bronze
  • Overall World Cup victories
  • 42 x 1st place
Sochi 2014 Canada 2015    
  • Gold in all 5 disciplines
  • 2 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze
   
PyeongChang 2018 Slovenia 2019    
  • Gold in Downhill
  • Gold in Super-G
  • Silver in Super Combined
  • 2 gold, 3 silver
   

Key facts

  • Nationality: German
  • Year of birth: 1993
  • Sport: alpine skiing
  • Classification: women’s sitting LW 10-2
  • Coach: Justus Wolf
  • Device: in daily life: Invader

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