German Paralympian Andrea Eskau won her second gold medal of the 2014 Sochi Winter Games in the women’s 5km siting cross-country skiing.
It was an eventful week since her victory in the women’s 6km biathlon (sitting), in which she retired from two races due to asthma attacks and forfeited a bronze medal in the 1km sprint event after she felt she had impeded Russia’s Marta Zajnullina; so to leave the games with a win was a fitting finale.
Eskau, 42, finished the cross-country race 18.4 seconds ahead of second-placed Ukrainian Larisa Pavlenko, while Oksana Masters of the United States took the bronze medal.
After the race, Eskau was quoted by R.Sport as saying: “I think it is destiny. Before the race I thought, ‘if God loves me, he will even out my bad results during the week,’
“I had nothing left in my tank, so I basically ran on love and hot air today. I’m glad that it worked out.”
Toyota Motorsport GMbH (TMG) helped develop the carbon-fibre sled that Eskau used throughout the Paralympics, creating a comfortable, light and figure-hugging design that could stand up to the harsh treatment of the biathlon and cross-country skiing events she took part in.
The two golds Eskau won in Sochi take her overall Olympic medal tally to seven – she previously won a bronze and a silver at the 2010 Vancouver winter games, two cycling golds at the London 2012 summer games and one in Beijing in 2008.