The UCI would like to express its sympathy and support to Kristina Vogel in the difficult times she has encountered since her accident at the Cottbus Velodrome in Germany, in June.
Kristina has not been able to use her legs since the accident, leaving her unable to walk and, naturally, preventing her from resuming her sporting career in Track Cycling at the highest level.
This is a sad situation for Track Cycling and the sport. In addition to her multiple Olympic medals, Kristina shares with Australia’s Anna Meares the record for the number of UCI World Championship titles won by a single athlete (11).
As a member of the UCI Track and Athletes' Commissions, this exceptional champion has also dedicated herself to our sport by working selflessly behind the scenes.
Her determination and good humour are known and appreciated by all, and we at the UCI have no doubt that she will make full use of these remarkable qualities in her rehabilitation.
The UCI stands by Kristina in these challenging times.