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EDLINGER Carina
Sport Para biathlon, Para cross-country
NPC Austria   
GenderWomen
Age24
Place of BirthBad Ischl, AUT
Height1.68 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
B2
Guide
Lorenz Lampl
Further Personal Information
Residence
Salzburg, AUT
Occupation
Customs Officer, Journalist
Languages
English, German, Italian
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began cross-country skiing at age 10.
Why this sport?
She was a national youth champion in the sport in Austria before her vision began to deteriorate. "I love the winter, skiing, and spending time with my friends outdoors."
Club / Team
USV Fuschl am See: Austria
Senior International Debut
Year
2014
Competing for
Austria
Tournament
European Championships
Location
Hochfilzen, AUT
General Interest
Nicknames
Cari (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022)
Hobbies
Spending time with her dog, going on holiday, videography. (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022)
Memorable sporting achievement
Being congratulated by Norwegian Nordic skier Lars Berger after her first World Cup victory. (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022)
Most influential person in career
Her family, especially her brother Julian. (Athlete, 09 Feb 2018)
Hero / Idol
Norwegian cross-country skier Petter Northug. (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022)
Injuries
In January 2021 she fractured her patella [kneecap] in a crash. (paralympic.org, 02 Mar 2021)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
She cuddles her dog before and after a race. (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Always be honest with yourself." (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022)
Awards and honours
She was named the 2021 Female Para Athlete of the Year at Austria's Athlete of the Year awards. (insidethegames.biz, 19 Oct 2021)

She was voted the 2019 Female Para Athlete of the Year by members of the Sports Media Austria. (oepc.at, 31 Oct 2019)

In 2018 she received the Golden Sport Award for Impaired Sport from the Austrian Ski Federation. (oesv.at, 23 Jun 2018)

She received the Goldenen Lowen [Golden Lion] for Rookie of the Year at the 2017 Leonidas Sports Gala in Salzburg, Austria. (salzburg24.at, 16 Nov 2017)
Other sports
She has represented Austria in Para biathlon. (SportsDeskOnline, 25 Nov 2020)
Famous relatives
Her older brother Julian has competed in cross-country skiing at national level in Austria, and previously served as her guide. (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022; paralympic.org, 31 Jan 2020; sn.at, 16 Nov 2017)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (ibelieveinyou.at, 01 Sep 2018)
Impairment
Her vision began deteriorating in 2010 because of Stargardt disease. (oepc.at, 08 Mar 2017; salzburg.orf.at, 15 Feb 2017)
Other information
GUIDE DOG
Her guide dog Riley accompanied her to the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. "For me, the most important thing coming to China was to bring my dog. If my dog would not have been able to enter China, I would directly fly home. So it wasn't the easiest task for the [International] Paralympic Committee with me. My dog is a guide dog. I see between 1.5% and 2% so I am probably the most low-vision athlete who is competing here [Beijing 2022], so it's kind of tricky but he helped me not only to find my ways but also emotionally over the past couple of days. Even when you have a bad day your dog still comes to you and wants to have a cuddle. So he is more than gold. He's always there. If he's not there it's a bad day for me. As long as I have him [it's good]. He's my biggest fan in life. No one can cheer or shout so much for me. My dog needs to be there." (OIS, 09 Mar 2022)

RECLASSIFICATION
Having previously competed as a B1 athlete, she took part in the B2 events at the 2021 World Championships in Lillehammer, Norway. Her classification changed after her eyesight improved. "I was in a new situation today [in Lillehammer], because for the first time in six years I started without a guide." (salzburg24.at, 13 Jan 2022; Instagram profile, 08 Jan 2022)

JOURNALISM
She has studied journalism and has written articles for the International Paralympic Committee [IPC] website. "Many athletes, even here [at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing], come up to me and say, 'How are you doing? You have a normal conversation about life and all that stuff. For me, that was a thing to think about, how can I make a job around that because I love to talk with people and hear interesting stories. I'm interested in any sport. And it's not just sports. It's more the talking or communicating with people to hear their story because pretty much everyone has an interesting story." But she says it has been a challenge to find experience as a reporter. "When you say, 'I want to work as a journalist', they can't even imagine it. They're not even giving you a chance. In my mind, everything is possible. As long as there is a will, you will always find a way. Of course, it's a bit more tricky, but if I have some support it's possible." (OIS, 02 Mar 2022; paralympic.org, 17 Nov 2021)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
  2022 6km Individual - Visually Impaired  DNF
  2022 12.5km Individual - Visually Impaired  DNF
Paralympic Games - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
4 2018 15km Freestyle - Visually Impaired 54:10.8
4 2018 Sprint Classic Style - Visually Impaired 5:13.7
3 2018 7.5km Classic Style - Visually Impaired 23:37.1
  2022 15km Classic Style - Visually Impaired  DNF
1 2022 Sprint Freestyle - Visually Impaired 3:49.6
3 2022 10km Freestyle - Visually Impaired 43:40.1
World Championships - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
  2018/2019 6km Individual - Visually Impaired  DNS
14 2021/2022 6km Individual - Visually Impaired 21:32.8
10 2021/2022 10km Middle - Visually Impaired 36:37.8
World Championships - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
1 2016/2017 1km Sprint - Visually Impaired  
1 2016/2017 15km - Visually Impaired 55:40.1
3 2016/2017 5km - Visually Impaired 21:11.5
2 2018/2019 5km Freestyle - Visually Impaired 27:35.6
1 2018/2019 Sprint Freestyle - Visually Impaired  
1 2018/2019 15km Classic Style - Visually Impaired 54:36.6
4 2021/2022 10km Classic Style - Visually Impaired 35:06.2
7 2021/2022 15km Freestyle - Visually Impaired 39:35.6
6 2021/2022 Sprint Classic Style - Visually Impaired