London’s New Heroes

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Great things are expected of the 150 German athletes participating in the 2012 Paralympic Games in London from 29 August to 9 September. One of them is Katrin Green.


The German National Paralympic Committee will be represented at the London Paralympics with 150 athletes. Track and field athlete Katrin Green is one of Germany’s medal hopes. The sprinter’s motto is compelling: “Reflect on what you have, not what you lack,” says Katrin Green self-confidently to her interviewer. The 27-year-old is a member of the team of the German National Paralympic Committee (DBS) at the XIV Summer Paralympics in the British capital. Four years ago in China the blond sportswoman sprinted to a gold medal in the 200 metres and set a new German record of 28.02 seconds. She also aims to win a medal in the sprinting event in London. Her disadvantage has never stopped her from being ambitious.

At the age of five Katrin Green was seriously injured in an accident with a mowing machine on the family farm in the Palatinate. Her foot was cut off and since then she has worn a prosthetic lower leg. Green become involved in competitive sport as a teenager and the track and field athlete has been achieving success ever since. Her best time in the 100 metres is 13.4 seconds and she won two silver medals at the 2011 World Championships. However, the outstanding athlete has her sport to thank for much more than a large number of medals. When asked to say something interesting about herself, the medical student explains how she ran into US colleague Roderick Green at the 2004 Paralympics in Athens – literally ran into him. The two athletes fell in love and, as Katrin Green emphasizes, have been “happily married since 2005”.

Meanwhile Green is coached by her husband, and in London she is able to stroll with him into the German House, which is housed in the brick building of the Museum of London Docklands. For the first time during the summer games, athletes with and without disabilities are using this meeting place together. Federal Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich will also be looking in when he visits the Paralympics in London. “The extraordinary achievements of the Paralympians are making them role models for other people – both with and without disadvantages,” says Friedrich about the special atmosphere of the games, at which there will be more to win than just gold. As proven by Katrin Green, who found the love of her life while sprinting.


Photo by Nathan O’Nions via Flickr

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