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Paralympics

Schaffelhuber wins second Paralympic gold

Anna Schaffelhuber has won her second gold medal in the Sochi Paralympics, finishing first in the women's super-G. On Saturday, she won gold in the women's downhill.

In the Rosa Khutor alpine center, 21-year-old Schaffelhuber won her second gold medal in the women's super-G, handing Germany its third win overall in this year's Paralympics.

"It is very warm, the slope is very soft - that was the big challenge," Schaffelhuber, who was born a quadruplegic, said after the race. "I reduced my speed a little bit at key stages," she added.

The win follows Schaffelhuber's first gold medal, and Germany's second, of the 2014 Sochi Paralympics - on Saturday, in the women's downhill, sitting category.

Schaffelhuber is one of the great hopes in German winter sports. "Anna will be one of the greats, I'm sure of it," Friedhelm-Julius Beucher, president of the German Paralympic Committee. "She's still very young, there's a lot of scope for development. But she also keeps a cool head," he said.

Fellow German skiers Anna-Lena Forster und Andrea Rothfuss didn't make it across the finish line.

The competition was once again overshadowed by accidents on the slopes - US monoskier Alana Nichols and Stephani Victor had earlier fallen and had to be taken to hospital by helicopter. The extent of their injuries is not yet known.

Andrea Eskau secured Germany's first gold medal on Saturday, in the women's sitting six-kilometer biathlon sprint.

ng/rc (dpa, SID)

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