Kristina Vogel has announced that she will return to a major track event for the first time since a training accident that left her paralysed.
Since her accident, Vogel has been doing her rehabilitation in Berlin, and in a video posted on the UCI's track cycling Twitter page, she confirmed that she will be at the Saturday session at the third round of the UCI Track World Cup in Berlin this weekend.
"First of all, I wanted to say thank you to the masses of messages that I've got from you. The past few weeks and months have been hard, I'm not going to lie, but to read the messages from you have made me feel so much better and have given me so much strength and power, and have motivated me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart," Vogel said.
"I hope to see you at the track cycling World Cup in Berlin because it's in my town because I’m doing my rehabilitation here in Berlin. I want to see you because I miss you all so much. I miss competing and seeing you competing. I want to see my friends from all over the world."
The 28-year-old Vogel – a two-time Olympic Gold medallist and 11-time World Champion on the track – crashed heavily while training in June. She was doing sprint efforts at around 60kph with German teammate Pauline Grabosch when she collided with a rider that had just entered the track. Vogel was airlifted to hospital and put into an induced coma with doctors describing her injuries as life-changing.
There was little further information after that, allowing Vogel time to begin her recovery and come to terms with her injuries. In September, Vogel did an interview with German publication Der Spiegel where she confirmed that she was paralysed from the waist down.
Since September, Vogel has been very active on her social media and has posted several videos of her trying a range of different sports, including archery and wheelchair basketball.
A very special message from @KristinaVogel who will be coming to Berlin this weekend for Round 3 of the @Tissot UCI Track World Cup— UCI Track Cycling (@UCI_Track) November 28, 2018
We can't wait to see you there @KristinaVogelpic.twitter.com/IZljenv9fc