German track cyclist who is known for her work as a sprinter. She is best recognized for having won two gold medals at the Olympic Games including in London in 2012 and again in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. She was unfortunately paralyzed after an accident at the Cottbus Velodrome in June of 2018.
She first started earning recognition for her cycling in 2007 and 2008 when she competed at the Junior European World Championships. She became a six-time junior world champion before becoming injured in April of 2009. She returned to compete in the 2010 UCI Track Cycling World Championships.
In 2019, she decided to venture into politics and ran for the Christian Democratic Union of Germany in the Erfurt city council elections.
She was born in Leninskoye, Bishkek, Kirghiz SSR but moved to Germany with her parents when she was six months old where she was raised.