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SCHAFFELHUBER Anna
Sport Alpine Skiing, Athletics
NPC Germany   
GenderWomen
Born26 Jan 1993 in Regensburg, GER
Height1.50 m
Weight 40 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Classification
LW10-2
Further Personal Information
Residence
Germany
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English, French, German
Higher education
Law - Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich: Germany
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She first tried mono-skiing at age five with her two brothers in Austria. At age 14 she joined the national junior programme under a scholarship.
Why this sport?
Since she was a child she wanted to be included in all the activities her brothers and friends did, which included skiing. "I wanted to ski like my brothers and I had so much fun. This sport gives me a certain freedom in movement and speed. I feel independent and inspired, and I want to do it for a long time."
Club / Team
TSV Bayerbach: Germany
Name of coach
Justus Wolf [national]
Coach from which country?
Germany
Handedness
Right
International Debut
Year
2010
Competing for
Germany
General Interest
Nicknames
Anni (annaschaffelhuber.de, 10 Dec 2010)
Hobbies
Horse riding, cycling, swimming. (vancouver2010.com, 10 Dec 2010)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning four gold medals at the 2014 World Cup event in Tignes, France. She also cites winning four world championship gold medals [super combined, slalom and giant slalom in 2010/11, and slalom in 2012/13], and a bronze medal in super G at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver. (Athlete, 08 Mar 2014)
Most influential person in career
Her family, and German para-skier Martin Braxenthaler. (Athlete, 08 Mar 2014)
Hero / Idol
German para-skier Martin Braxenthaler. (Athlete, 08 Mar 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"You have to win the race or you're on the fence. You have to push the limits." (dailymail.co.uk, 07 Mar 2014)

"Now or never, it's my life." (Athlete, 08 Mar 2014)
Awards and honours
She was named BVS Bayern's Disabled Sportswoman of the Year in 2014. (dbs-npc.de, 01 Apr 2014)

She was named the 2013 Female Disabled Athlete of Year by the German National Paralympic Committee. (dbs-npc.de, 30 Nov 2013)

In November 2011 she was named Germany's Disabled Athlete of the Year. (rehacare.de, 24 Aug 2012)

She was named IPC Athlete of the Month in November 2010. (paralympic.org, 2010)

She was Germany's flag bearer at the closing ceremony of the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancovuer. (sport1.de, 2011)
Impairment
She was born with a spinal cord injury resulting in paraplegia. (rehacare.de, 24 Aug 2012)
Other information
SOCHI SLALOM DISQUALIFICATION OVERTURNED
She was initially disqualified from the sitting slalom event at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi following a protest by the Austrian team. The German team appealed the decision, and the medal ceremony was postponed pending a review by the International Paralympic Committee [IPC]. The IPC ruled the following day that her disqualification had been overturned, and she was awarded the gold medal for the event. (kicker.de, 13 Mar 2014; paralympic.org, 13 Mar 2014)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Alpine Skiing
Rank Year Event Result
4 2010 Slalom - Sitting 2:20.35
7 2010 Giant Slalom - Sitting 3:20.29
3 2010 Super-G - Sitting 1:38.25
4 2010 Super Combined - Sitting 2:52.84
1 2014 Downhill - Sitting 1:35.55 
1 2014 Super-G - Sitting 1:29.11 
1 2014 Slalom - Sitting 2:09.93
1 2014 Super Combined - Sitting 2:33.30 
1 2014 Giant Slalom - Sitting 2:51.26 
World Championships - Alpine Skiing
Rank Year Event Result
4 2010/2011 Downhill - Sitting 1:37.59
4 2010/2011 Super-G - Sitting 1:33.56
1 2010/2011 Super Combined - Sitting 2:31.62
1 2010/2011 Slalom - Sitting 1:48.80
1 2010/2011 Giant Slalom - Sitting 2:31.73
3 2012/2013 Downhill - Sitting 1:44.17
2 2012/2013 Super-G - Sitting 1:22.65
1 2012/2013 Slalom - Sitting 2:26.18
3 2012/2013 Super Combined - Sitting 2:08.05
2 2012/2013 Giant Slalom - Sitting 2:31.23