Vogel ready for new life after crash

Sports | 13 Sep 2018

World and Olympic champion Kristina Vogel, who was paralysed following a training crash in June, says she's ready to tackle her new life but has had no contact with the Dutch rider involved in the collision.

In a news conference at the Berlin hospital where she was treated, Vogel, a record 11-time world champion, said she had accepted the fact that she would not walk again moments after the accident at the Cottbus Sport Center Velodrome.

"I said 'breathe, breathe, breathe' and then I checked," she said of the collision in which part-time police officer Vogel suffered serious spinal and chest injuries.

"Then I saw where I lay, how I was. When my shoes were off I knew that this was it with the walking. I realized quickly I would not walk again."

The 27-year-old underwent back and chest surgery and earlier this month announced she had been paralyzed.

Vogel said neither the cyclist who had crashed with her, nor the Dutch cycling federation had been in touch with her.

The German added she was looking forward to an independent life and to find a role in her sport.

"Tears will not help. It is what it is," Vogel said. "I am ready to take on this challenge and make the best of it. I want to get back into life, not depend on a lot of help. I must use this strength I had in competitions for my life. Asking 'why me' does not bring you any further."


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