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KLUG Clara
Sport Para biathlon, Para cross-country
NPC Germany   
GenderWomen
Age28
Place of BirthMunich, GER
Height1.68 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
B1
Guide
Martin Hartl
Further Personal Information
Residence
Munich, GER
Occupation
Police Athlete
Languages
English, German
Higher education
Computer Science - Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich: Germany
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She first tried skiing at age five at a winter camp in Finsterau, Germany. She discovered cross-country skiing at age nine.
Club / Team
PSV Munchen: Germany
Name of coach
Ralf Rombach [national], GER; Martin Hartl [personal, guide], from 2013; Herbert Mayer [personal, shooting], from 2019
Training Regime
She incorporates yoga and meditation into her training schedule. "I like yoga a lot because it's not about winning. It's just about you and your body."
Senior International Debut
Year
2014
Competing for
Germany
General Interest
Hobbies
Playing chess. (sueddeutsche.de, 01 Mar 2022)
Most influential person in career
Coach and guide Martin Hartl. (Athlete, 08 Mar 2018)
Injuries
She fractured her right shoulder after crashing while training at the 2022 World Cup event in Ostersund, Sweden. The injury prevented her from competing at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games. (sueddeutsche.de, 01 Mar 2022)

She broke a metacarpal bone in her right hand while she was competing at the 2021 World Cup event in Canmore, AB, Canada. (weltski.de, 10 Jan 2022; merkur.de, 30 Dec 2021; br.de, 22 Dec 2021)

She had to pull out of the 2021 World Cup event in Planica, Slovenia, after falling and losing consciousness on the first day of competition. (merkur.de, 09 Mar 2021)

She tore ligaments while taking a walk in mid-2020. (sueddeutsche.de, 01 Mar 2022; merkur.de, 22 Feb 2021)

She underwent abdominal surgery in 2020. (sueddeutsche.de, 01 Mar 2022)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
"I do a lot of visualisation, which might sound a little weird because I'm blind, but I still have a lot of pictures in my head. I can visualise a good race when I know the track, when I know the competition course, I can just go through it in my head from the beginning to the end. I can visualise how I'm supposed to shoot or how I want to shoot." (A Winning Mindset Podcast, 14 Jan 2022)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"The mind is one of the most important factors in the competition. If you are relaxed, without putting too much pressure on yourself, you can achieve more than you think." (clara-klug.com, 01 May 2017)
Awards and honours
In 2018 she was named Junior Athlete of the Year in the Impaired and Deaf Sports category by the Stiftung Deutsche Sporthilfe [German Sports Aid Foundation]. (merkur.de, 09 Oct 2018)

She was flag bearer for Germany at the closing ceremony of the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (paralympic.org, 18 Mar 2018)
Other sports
She competed in both Para cross-country skiing and Para biathlon at the 2019 World Championships in Prince George, BC, Canada. (SportsDeskOnline, 25 Nov 2021)
Impairment
She has been almost completely blind since birth. "In my right eye I have one tiny little spot, in the upper right field that I can see some light but that's it. In my left eye I can still see some movement, and sometimes shapes. It depends on how awake I am, how focused I am, and how the lighting is." (A Winning Mindset Podcast, 14 Jan 2022; tagesspiegel.de, 13 Sep 2017; merkur.de, 13 Feb 2017)
Other information
COACH AND GUIDE
She began working with Martin Hartl in 2013. He has since served as both her coach and her guide. "During [the northern hemisphere] summertime he is mostly my coach, of course he is also guiding me but still he's all the time my coach. During the competitions he is 100% my guide. And after the competitions he switches to coach mode, right away. For me it's really helpful to have my coach and guide together in one person. I guess for him sometimes it can be really stressful but he manages well. I am really glad it's that way." (merkur.de, 30 Dec 2021, 02 Jan 2016; paralympic.org, 04 Mar 2021)

SUPPORT
She has worked with mental health professionals to help her maintain her level of performance. "Over the last year [speaking in 2022] I've been in therapy with a certified psychologist, which helps me a lot because the combination of being blind for 27 years and doing competitive sports is hard on mental health. I did therapy before, some years ago, which was more for mental strength after becoming blind. It helps me a lot to have professional help. It's not as much of a topic in Paralympic sports as it should be, because mental strength is so important. You can practise as much as you want but if your head says, 'No', you won't win anything. People often forget that we do have those disabilities, and they don't only disable us during competitions, but we also take them home. That's something coaches often forget about. You go to the dentist before something happens, most of the time. But you don't go to psychologist before something happens, which is weird." (A Winning Mindset Podcast, 14 Jan 2022)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
6 2018 6km Individual - Visually Impaired 24:32.4
3 2018 10km Middle - Visually Impaired 47:45.4
3 2018 12.5km Individual - Visually Impaired 46:42.2
World Championships - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
6 2014/2015 6km Individual - Visually Impaired 21:37.2
3 2016/2017 10km Middle - Visually Impaired 36:47.9
2 2016/2017 12.5km Individual - Visually Impaired 43:58.2
2 2016/2017 6km Individual - Visually Impaired 20:38.8
1 2018/2019 10km Middle - Visually Impaired 45:14.5
1 2018/2019 6km Individual - Visually Impaired 24:50.1
1 2018/2019 12.5km Individual - Visually Impaired 49:41.9
World Championships - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
6 2014/2015 1km Sprint - Visually Impaired  
5 2014/2015 4 x 2.5km Relay Mixed 33:11.0
4 2014/2015 5km - Visually Impaired 18:01.7
5 2016/2017 1km Sprint - Visually Impaired  
4 2016/2017 4 x 2.5km Relay Mixed 28:49.3
  2016/2017 5km - Visually Impaired  DNS
3 2018/2019 5km Freestyle - Visually Impaired 28:08.3
3 2018/2019 Sprint Freestyle - Visually Impaired