When it comes to sport, Gerd Schönfelder can‘t get enough! But it‘s not a given for someone in his situation: At the age of 19, Gerd lost his right arm and four fingers on his left hand in an accident. In the following years, the skier went on to become the most successful athlete in the history of the Winter Paralympic Games, winning 16 gold, 4 silver and 2 bronze medals.
ALL IN THE ATTITUDE.
Burying his head in the sand was never an option for Gerd. He followed his own path and returned to skiing just five months after the accident. „You‘re only disabled if you let it get the better of you,“ he says. Gerd is bursting with positive energy and a can-do attitude. Some of this drive has gone into helping design a top-tube brake that he operates with his knee. Because when he‘s not standing on two skis, his second-favourite way to train is cycling.
Change is part of life. Sometimes, obstacles force us to change direction. But our attitude makes all the difference. Gerd shows us how it‘s done: Virtually anything is possible if you have a positive mindset and derive a lot of enjoyment from getting moving.
Gerd is in top form, and not only on two skis. He also enjoys plenty of other sports. His specially modified bikes combine masses of creativity and technical know-how to show that anything goes, even with a disability.