At the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games, monoskiing talent Anna Schaffelhuber thanked the management of the German team with a bronze medal in the super-G competition. After all, they nominated her for the Paralympic Games at the age of just 17. Just four years later at just 22 years old, Anna became one of the world's most successful sportswomen. She won five gold medals at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games and was named the International Paralympic Committee‘s a 2015 Best Female Athlete with an impairment in Mexico in November 2015. This rocketing career also makes her suddenly aware of what it means in everyday life to be a star who is in-demand to appear on talk shows and in interviews. The Munich law student is recognised and approached whenever she is out and about in the city. People ask for autographs. She is well on her way to becoming the most popular face of Paralympic winter sports. And has that changed her? "No, I'm still the same person I was before."
Even as a child, she possessed the ambition that today characterises her professional attitude to sport. This makes her a role model for others who do not want to let themselves be held back. Inspired and encouraged by her brothers she expressed her desire to learn to ski at the age of just five and starting using a monoski. It was fun for her to ski faster and faster, to push herself to her limits and ultimately be able to dream of winning gold. Anna’s zest for life is evident every day. When her friends want to go for a walk, she rolls along with them using her Invader wheelchair and uses an aMano handbike to keep up her training in the summer. Anna Schaffelhuber is passionate about her work with Ottobock inspiring other people with disabilities. "In my life I am always striving for performance and quality. Every day and every time I ski, I try to give my best, achieve new things and push myself to the limit".
Key competitive achievements
|Paralympic Games||World Championships||World Cup||European Cup|
| Vancouver 2010||Since 2011||2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015||All in all|
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|Sochi 2014||Canada 2015|
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Year of birth: 1993
Sport: Alpine skiing
Classification: Women's sitting LW 10-2
Coach: Justus Wolf
Career highlights: Winning five gold medals at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games; honoured with the Paralympic Sport Award 2015 in the category best female athlete of the International Paralympic Committee
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