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Vico Merklein

"I love to get the most out of my body every day and think about how the material can be improved. I want to make the sport faster and more attractive."

My only goal

My only goal

Part of the German national para-cycling team, I won a silver medal at the Paralympic Games in London 2012 and also set a world record in handcycling, achieving a marathon distance of 00:58:56. Since 2015, after intensive winter training, I have been always under the first three at the World Cup races. 

In Rio in 2016 I was able to experience what it's like to win gold at the Paralympics. This experience is one of the most important in my life and I want to experience it again in Tokyo. That's why I train hard every day. 

I don´t train every day for second place. My only goal is winning a gold medal.

Accepting my disability

Accepting my disability

I was born in Berlin, Germany in 1977, although I live in Hessen since 1988. In 1997 I suffered a life-changing motorcycle accident in 1997 that left me paraplegic. From that moment, I had to learn to accept my disability. During this time I met many people who showed me how easie is to handle. 

Three years after my accident, I discovered my passion - handcycling. It just gave me a feeling of self-confidence, the motivation to work for the goals in my life. After joining Team QUICKIE/SOPUR in 2007, my competitive success began. 

Vico Merklein's Road To Glory

2019

Para-cycling Road World Championships - Emmen

Gold - Time Trial

Gold - Road Cycling

2018

Para-cycling Road World Championships - Maniago

Bronze - Road Cycling

2016

Paralympic Games (Rio)

Time Trial - Bronze Medal
Road Cycling - Gold Medal

2015

World Championships

2nd Position

2014

World Championships

2nd Position

2013

World Championships

2nd Position

2012

Paralympic Games (London)

2nd Position

2011

World Championships

2nd Position

2010

World Championships

3rd Position

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