Olympic champion track sprinter Kristina Vogel has revealed she will never walk again as a result of the spinal injury she sustained during a training crash in June.
The 27-year-old, who won team sprint gold at the London 2012 Olympics and the individual sprint title in Rio two years ago, was training for the German Sprint Grand Prix at the velodrome in Cottbus when she was involved in a collision with another rider.
Following the crash, Vogel was airlifted to hospital in Berlin where she was placed in an induced coma and underwent spinal surgery.
Since then, there has been no update to her condition until an interview published today by Der Spiege, reports dw.com.
"It is shit, there's no other way to put it,” she told the magazine. “No matter how you look at it, I can't walk anymore.
"But I believe that the sooner you accept a new situation, the sooner you learn to deal with it."
Speaking of the crash, she said: "I saw someone walk away with my shoes. But I didn't feel it when they were taken off.
“I realised immediately now I am paraplegic, there will be no more walking.”
Vogel, who besides her two Olympic gold medals has also won 11 world titles, continued: "I didn't want people to see me that injured.
"Now I can say I have reached a point where I can say: here I am and I am fine.
“I am still the same crazy person. I want to be a source of motivation for others," she added.
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