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Kristina Vogel
Vogel in 2013
Personal information
Born 10 November 1990 (1990-11-10) (age 30)
Leninskoye, Bishkek, Kirghiz SSR
Height 1.60 m
Team information
Discipline Track
Role Rider
Rider type Sprinter

Kristina Vogel (born 10 November 1990) is a former German track cyclist. During her career, she won two gold medals and a bronze at the Olympic Games, and is an eleven-time UCI World Champion. She was paralysed following a crash in June 2018.

Career

Vogel was born in Leninskoye, a district of Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, and moved to Germany with her parents when she was six months old. In 2007 and 2008 she competed at the Junior European and World Championships and became a six-time junior world champion and two-time junior European champion.

In April 2009, Vogel was seriously injured after a collision with a minibus when riding on the roads near her home in Erfurt. She was in an artificial coma for two days. She recovered to compete at the 2010 UCI Track Cycling World Championships, where she finished fifth in the individual sprint and sixth in the team sprint alongside Miriam Welte. She also competed at the 2011 UCI Track Cycling World Championships.

Welte Vogel UCI WC 2012
Welte and Vogel on the podium at the 2012 Track World Championships

At the 2012 UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Melbourne, Vogel and Welte won the gold medal in the team sprint. They set a world record in qualifying which they broke again in the final. Vogel and Welte went on to win the first ever Olympic gold medal in the women's team sprint later that year in London, benefiting from competitors being relegated in both the semifinal and final. At the 2016 Summer Olympics, she won another gold, in the women's sprint, and a bronze medal in the women's team sprint again with Miriam Welte.

On 26 June 2018, in the Cottbus velodrome, Vogel collided at high speed with a Dutch junior cyclist who was practising a standing start. The heavy impact on the concrete floor caused several fractures, severing her spinal cord at the seventh thoracic vertebrae and consequently caused paraplegia. Vogel's teammate Maximilian Levy was the first to come to her aid, and following the accident, he and fellow cyclist Max Dörnbach, using the hashtag #staystrongkristina, went on to raise €119,752 for her recovery. The Dutch cyclist was uninjured, but Vogel was left paralysed.

In addition to her track cycling career, Vogel was a part-time police officer before her accident. In 2019, she entered politics, standing for election as a candidate for the Christian Democratic Union of Germany in Erfurt city council elections.

Major results

2008
UCI World Junior Track Championships
1st Jersey rainbow.svg Keirin
1st Jersey rainbow.svg Sprint
1st Jersey rainbow.svg 500m time trial
2nd Sprint, Grand Prix de Vitesse de Saint Denis
2014
UEC European Championships
1st UEC Champion Jersey.svg Keirin
2nd Team Sprint (with Miriam Welte)
3rd Sprint
Cottbuser SprintCup
1st Keirin
1st Sprint
1st 500m Time Trial
Memorial of Alexander Lesnikov
1st Keirin
1st Sprint
1st 500m Time Trial
Cottbuser SprintCup (2)
1st Keirin
2nd Sprint
GP von Deutschland im Sprint
1st Keirin
1st Sprint
Cottbuser Nächte
1st Keirin
1st Sprint
1st Team Sprint (with Miriam Welte)
1st Sprint, Track-Cycling Challenge Grenchen
2015
Cottbuser SprintCup
1st Keirin
2nd Sprint
GP von Deutschland im Sprint
1st Keirin
3rd Team Sprint (with Miriam Welte)
Internationale Radsport Meeting
1st Keirin
1st Sprint
1st 500m Time Trial
1st Keirin, Cottbuser Nächte
UEC European Track Championships
2nd Team Sprint (with Miriam Welte)
3rd Sprint
2nd Sprint, Cottbuser SprintCup
2nd Sprint, Dudenhofen
3rd Keirin, Öschelbronn
2016
GP von Deutschland im Sprint
1st Keirin
1st Sprint
1st Team Sprint (with Miriam Welte)
Cottbuser SprintCup
1st Sprint
2nd Keirin
3rd 500m Time Trial
2017
UCI World Track Championships
1st Jersey rainbow.svg Keirin
3rd Team Sprint (with Miriam Welte)
1st Gold medal blank.svg Sprint, Round 1, (Pruszków) Track Cycling World Cup
UEC European Track Championships
1st EuropeanChampionJersey(2016).png Keirin
1st EuropeanChampionJersey(2016).png Sprint
2nd Team Sprint (with Miriam Welte)
1st Sprint, Öschelbronn
1st Keirin, Oberhausen
1st Sprint, Dudenhofen
Cottbuser SprintCup
1st Keirin
1st Sprint
1st Sprint GP von Deutschland im Sprint
National Track Championships
1st MaillotAlemania.PNG Keirin
1st MaillotAlemania.PNG Sprint
1st MaillotAlemania.PNG Team Sprint (with Pauline Grabosch)
3rd 500m Time Trial
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