LMU student wins gold medal at Winter Universiade
Christina Manhard bests the rest in skicross
Having turned in the fastest time in qualifying, Christina Manhard was the first off on the ski cross course at the 25th Winter Universiade in Erzurum, Turkey, and at the end of the day she was still in first place, by a comfortable margin. The LMU student was one of three members of the German team to bring home a gold medal from the World University Winter Games in Turkey. The 21-year-old, who is studying German, Geography and Education Science, and hopes to qualify as a Gymnasium teacher, has been an active athlete for the past three years. Her long-term goal is to complete her studies successfully and to fulfill the qualifying norm for participation in the Winter Olympics in 2014 in Sochi.
A total of 2,457 students from 52 countries made the trip to Eastern Anatolia to take part in the World University Winter Games, competing in 11 different disciplines. Christina and her team-mates had every reason to feel pleased. With seven medals in all – three gold, three silver and one bronze – the German team, fielded by the adh (Allgemeiner Deutscher Hochschulsportverbund), was more successful than ever before. The team was represented in Biathlon, Curling, Figure Skating, Cross-country Skiing, Nordic Combined, Ski Cross, Ski-jumping and Snowboarding.