After sustaining a serious spinal injury in a crash during training in June, Kristina Vogel says she “can’t walk any more”.
The 27-year-old German was involved in a high-speed collision with another cyclist on a track in Cottbus. The part-time police officer won team sprint gold at London 2012 and the individual title in Rio.
She said: “I believe that the sooner you accept a new situation, the sooner you learn to deal with it.” At the time of the crash, Vogel’s compatriot Maximilian Levy wrote a letter encouraging race winners in Cottbus to donate their prize money to Vogel and her family.
Levy said: “We will start funding for her, her family and beloved ones, to cover their support, the transport to get her home, or her rehabilitation.” Vogel has won 11 world titles, and the crash in Cottbus is not the first of her career.
In May 2009, she was put into an artificial coma for two days after hitting a car during a training session.
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