The Paralympics end in Beijing on Sunday. With a very good record of the German athletes.
Before the final day, our disabled athletes were in 7th place in the medal table – four times gold, eight times silver and seven times bronze. A great record for the delegation of 17 athletes.
Friedhelm Julius Beucher (75), President of the German Disabled Sports Association (DBS): “We came here with a team in transition, with a record number of debutants – and now we’re amazed at the unexpected performance.”
THE discovery and at the same time sensation of the games: Linn Kazmaier (15). The visually impaired student won cross-country skiing gold over 10 km yesterday. It was her fifth medal after three silvers and one bronze in cross-country skiing and biathlon.
She and 18-year-old Leonie Walter, who is also visually impaired, could become the future faces of German Paralympic winter sports. Walter won one gold and three bronze medals in the same sports. Her reward: Today she carries the German flag at the graduation ceremony.
Beucher: “They put their stamp on the games. The chicks showed incredible desire to win. Two mega-talents are growing up there.”
In the alpine area, on the other hand, Anna-Lena Forster (26) is the German solo entertainer. She won her second gold in Beijing yesterday in the slalom, her fourth overall. There was also two silver medals.
Beucher: “We don’t have enough people with us for the foreseeable future. But Beijing should find imitators. Parents and teachers are also required to send boys and girls to sighting courses and to get them excited.”
Germany wasn’t even represented in ice hockey and curling. That should change. The DBS boss: “We need more games. The sports associations, for example the DEB, have to bring para ice sports forward.”