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ESKAU Andrea
Sport Para biathlon, Para cross-country, Para-Cycling
NPC Germany   
GenderWomen
Age47
Place of BirthApolda, GDR
Height1.65 m
Weight 50 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW11
Further Personal Information
Residence
Magdeburg, GER
Occupation
Psychologist
Languages
German, Russian, English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began competing in Para Nordic skiing in 2009.
Why this sport?
She loves sport and says she was attracted by both the equipment used in Para sports and the opportunities to succeed. "I was fascinated from the start."
Club / Team
USC Magdeburg: Germany
Name of coach
Ralf Rombach [national], GER
Senior International Debut
Year
2010
Competing for
Germany
General Interest
Nicknames
Tigerin (tlz.de, 08 Dec 2015)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning nine medals [including six gold] at the Paralympic Games between 2008 and 2014, and claiming 27 world championship titles. (Athlete, 08 Mar 2018)
Most influential person in career
Her coaches. (Athlete, 08 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
Norwegian biathlete Ole Einar Bjorndalen. (Athlete, 08 Mar 2018)
Injuries
She pulled out of the 12km race after she had already started the event due to breathing problems at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. She recovered in time to compete in further races in Sochi. (paralympic.org, 09 Mar 2014)

During the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing she suffered an asthma attack for the first time in her life and spent several days in hospital recovering. (volksstimme.de, 10 Oct 2009)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough" [Mario Andretti]. (sportschau.de, 08 Jan 2018)
Other sports
She competed in road cycling at the Paralympic Games in 2008, 2012, and 2016, winning a total of four gold medals and one silver medal. She participated in both biathlon and cross-country skiing at the Paralympic Winter Games in 2010 and 2014. (paralympic.org, 2017)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (andreaeskau.de, 2016)
Impairment
She sustained spinal cord injuries in a cycling accident in 1998. (zdf.de, 27 Feb 2016)
Other information
OCCUPATION
As well as working as a psychologist, she has also served as the director of the Department of Sports for the Impaired at the Federal Institute of Sport Science in Cologne, Germany. (andreaeskau.de, 30 Sep 2016; zdfsport.de, 27 Feb 2016; wiss-netz.de, 01 Jun 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Road World Championships - Para-Cycling
Rank Year Event Result
1 2006 HCB/HCC - Time Trial 17.15
2 2006 HCB-HCC - Road Race 1:11:36
1 2007 HCC - Time Trial 17:52
1 2007 HCB-HCC - Road Race 1:24:32
1 2009 HCC - Time Trial 16:49
1 2009 HCC - Road Race 1:17:07
1 2010 H4 - Time Trial 21:11
1 2010 H4 - Road Race 1:42:57
3 2011 H4 - Time Trial 27:36
2 2011 H4 - Road Race 1:31:26
1 2013 H4 - Time Trial 31:41
1 2013 H4 - Road Race 1:45:26
1 2014 H5 - Time Trial 29:19
1 2014 H5 - Road Race 1:39:54
2 2015 H5 - Time Trial 25:06
1 2015 H5 - Road Race 1:22:26
Paralympic Games - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
6 2010 2.4km Pursuit - Sitting  
3 2010 10km Individual - Sitting 40:19.4
1 2014 6km Sprint - Sitting 20:26.0
  2014 10km Middle - Sitting  DNF
7 2014 12.5km Individual - Sitting 47:08.8
6 2018 6km Sprint - Sitting 24:33.1
1 2018 10km Middle - Sitting 45:19.8
1 2018 12.5km Individual - Sitting 52:51.5
Paralympic Games - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
8 2010 10km - Sitting 35:55.3
2 2010 5km - Sitting 16:09.6
6 2010 1km Sprint - Sitting  
  2014 12km - Sitting DNF
6 2014 1km Sprint - Sitting  DSQ
5 2014 4 x 2.5km Relay Mixed 28:22.8
1 2014 5km - Sitting 17:10.4 
2 2018 12km - Sitting 41:16.9
2 2018 Sprint - Sitting 4:08.8
2 2018 5km - Sitting 17:58.2
3 2018 4 x 2.5km Relay Mixed 25:25.3
Paralympic Games - Para-Cycling
Rank Year Event Result
1 2008 HCA/HCB/HCC - Road Race  
1 2012 H4 - Time Trial 28:18.09
1 2012 H4 - Road Race 1:31:05
2 2016 H4-5 - Time Trial 32:15.42
1 2016 H5 - Road Race 1:37:07
World Championships - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
3 2010/2011 2.4km Pursuit - Sitting 13:44.4
3 2010/2011 7.5km Sprint - Sitting 25:38.0
1 2010/2011 10km Individual - Sitting 39:50.8
  2012/2013 6km Sprint - Sitting  DNF
4 2012/2013 10km Middle - Sitting 41:06.5
1 2012/2013 12.5km Individual - Sitting 48:03.6
3 2014/2015 6km Sprint - Sitting 22:48.8
6 2014/2015 10km Middle - Sitting 40:29.5
3 2016/2017 10km Middle - Sitting 36:48.5
4 2016/2017 12.5km Individual - Sitting 48:36.9
4 2016/2017 6km Sprint - Sitting 23:15.0
World Championships - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
5 2010/2011 5km - Sitting 14:06.8
3 2010/2011 10km - Sitting 27:49.6
1 2010/2011 1km Sprint - Sitting  
9 2012/2013 1km Sprint - Sitting  
1 2012/2013 10km - Sitting 38:50.0
3 2012/2013 4 x 2.5km Relay Mixed 29:19.0
1 2012/2013 5km - Sitting 14:29.5
1 2014/2015 12km - Sitting 40:14.9
1 2014/2015 1km Sprint - Sitting  
5 2014/2015 4 x 2.5km Relay Mixed 33:11.0
1 2014/2015 5km - Sitting 16:02.3
2 2016/2017 1km Sprint - Sitting  
4 2016/2017 4 x 2.5km Relay Mixed 28:49.3
3 2016/2017 12km - Sitting 37:00.0
2 2016/2017 5km - Sitting 14:30.5