(CNN)One year ago Kristina Vogel graced the famous Berlin Six Day cycling event with the powerful dominance of a two-time Olympic gold medalist.
This year she returned in a wheelchair.
Vogel sustained life threatening injuries in a horrific training accident in Cottbus last June, colliding with a stationary cyclist at over 60kph.
She survived, but the impact of the crash severed her spinal cord, leaving her permanently paralyzed.
It was a shattering conclusion to the 28-year-old's sporting career, at the peak of her powers and with the promise of many more gold medals in her specialist event of track sprinting.