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Kristina Vogel: A vigorous cyclist

For a normal person, it is not easy to be a policeman, a politician, and a speaker. Yet that’s the life Kristina Vogel, 29-year-old female bicycle athlete who used to win the Olympic Games. And she does it all in a wheelchair.

Since joining herself in speed cycling, putting her foot on the pallet and focusing on her journey to the finish line, Kristina Vogel has always been aware of the potential risks. In 2009, she thought she was going to die after colliding with a bus. She fell into a coma for 2 days with a broken arm, broken cheekbones and six permanent teeth gone. Fortunately not paralyzed, woke up, unable to speak, so Vogel wrote on a piece of paper that will participate in the World Championship next year.

And Vogel returned to reality, not only that, but finished fifth. By 2012, she won the World Gold Medal in team sprint competition. She then re-established that achievement at the London Olympic Games after surpassing two strong opponents from China and England.

In 2018, Vogel had another accident. This time at Cottbus Stadium, she collided with another racer while dashing at 64hm / h. She was horrified to discover that her feet were no longer feeling. The German athlete was not as lucky as the last time, when she suffered a spinal fracture at the seventh thoracic vertebra, resulting in paralysis of the lower body.

When she was told that she could no longer walk, she thought it might be better to die. A series of questions flashed through my head that how to continue the rest of my life? Will you attach yourself to the wheelchair? Is there a way to do simple things without having to ask someone else? And she was afraid to leave the hospital to start living that way.

Of course, the racing career is over. It was a difficult decision. When he could no longer sit in the saddle, Vogel realized how much he loved it. And she regretted having always considered cycling as a job, not a passion. But it’s all over anyway. She had to start a new life.