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Kristina Vogel

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 2
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 3
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexFemale
Full nameKristina•Vogel
Used nameKristina•Vogel
Born10 November 1990 in Leninskoye (KGZ)
Measurements160 cm / 66 kg
AffiliationsProjekt Sprintteam, Erfurt (GER)
NOC Germany

Biography

Kristina Vogel was a German track cyclist whose career saw great achievements, but was marred by serious injuries. In 2007-08 Vogel competed at the World Junior Championships and won six titles, showing great promise. However, in April 2009, while training, she collided with a minibus near her home in Erfurt, and sustained significant injuries, which required her to be placed in an artificial coma until she could recover.

Vogel returned in 2010 and competed at the World Championships, although she did not medal. She twice appeared at the Olympic Games, winning gold medals in the 2012 team sprint, and the 2016 match sprint, adding a bronze medal in the 2016 team sprint. She became the dominant track sprinter of her era, winning 11 gold medals and 16 medals at the World Championships between 2011-18. She also won three gold medals at the European Championships. Through all this, Vogel also worked as a part-time police officer.

In June 2018, Vogel collided with another cyclist while training on the Cottbus velodrome. Unfortunately this led to a spinal injury from which she would not fully recover. In September 2018, she announced on social media that she would remain a paraplegic and would never walk again.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
2012 Summer Olympics Cycling Track (Cycling) GER Kristina Vogel
Sprint, Women (Olympic) 4
Keirin, Women (Olympic) =8
Team Sprint, Women (Olympic) Miriam Welte 1 Gold
2016 Summer Olympics Cycling Track (Cycling) GER Kristina Vogel
Sprint, Women (Olympic) 1 Gold
Keirin, Women (Olympic) 6
Team Sprint, Women (Olympic) Miriam Welte 3 Bronze