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Queen Bee Kristina Vogel continues to buzz

Fighting on: Kristina Vogel says she is proud about her Olympic medals.  

Kristina Vogel is standing for the German elections in May. The two-time Olympic gold-medal winning cyclist will have to campaign from her wheelchair, though.

A devastating collision with a Dutch cyclist at the Cottbus velodrome in Germany last June has left her paralysed; she had suffered severe injuries to her spinal chord. That signalled the end of her journey on the track.

Before long, however, she has embarked upon a new journey in life. After spending a few weeks at the hospital, she returned to public life.

In December, Vogel was received warmly by spectators when she attended the Berlin Six Day cycling event. A week earlier, she had come second — to tennis star Angelique Kerber — in the race for Germany’s Sportswoman of the Year award.

A few days ago, she was in Monte Carlo for the Laureus Sports Awards. As fellow-cyclist Chris Hoy said, in an interaction with the media, she remained very the Queen Bee; people wanted to talk to her, and she obliged, with her radiant smile.

“She was the Queen Bee on the cycling circuit,” Hoy said. “I found that she was the Queen Bee at the rehabilitation centre in Berlin.”

Taking up archery

Vogel was embarrassed a little by the tribute from the Sctosman, who also suggested she take up archery as a competitive sport. “I haven’t thought about it seriously yet,” said the 28-year-old. “I am doing archery because it helps me physically; any sport is good for me now.”

Looking back at her great career, which saw her triumphing at the World championship nine times, Vogel said she was proud about her Olympic medals.

“There are so many memories about my medals at Olympic Games in London and Rio,” she said.

“As the World champion, you have to defend your title every time, but when you win an Olympic gold, it is for ever.”

As for the life after the accident, she said there was still a lot of fire in her.

“To people who are in a state like that of mine, I would like to say that they should accept the condition as fast as that they could,” she said. “And I never say never.”

(The writer was in Monte Carlo recently at the invitation of Laureus).

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