On her way to Athens - Edith
Hunkeler, wheelchair racer from Switzerland
Everything looked very promising for Edith
Hunkeler in summer 2000. Her training went extremely
well and she was busy preparing to compete in the
Sydney Paralympic Games.
Then came the 2000 Berlin Marathon. At Berlin's
famous Kurfürstendamm, 200 meters before the
finishing line, Edith crashed with her wheelchair,
fell and had to cancel her ambitious plans of attending
the Paralympics in Downunder.
Now, three years later, everything has been going
well again for quite some time, especially since
Edith captured her first career title at the 2002
women's wheelchair race at the Boston Marathon with
a time of 1 hour, 45 minutes, 57 seconds.
She has been back to Berlin again and finished third
behind Yvonne Sehmisch from Germany and Francesca
Porcellato of Italy in the 2003 Berlin Marathon.
Today she sees that major setback in Berlin in 2000
in a positive light. She calls it a time of gaining
strength for her future achievements.
We wish Edith Hunkeler good luck with her preparations
for the 2004 Athens Paralympic Games!
More about Edith Hunkeler
Edith was born in July 1972 in Altishofen/Switzerland.
Her life changed abruptly at the age of 22, when
she was involved in a car accident which left
both of her legs paralyzed. Edith's personal strength
and positive outlook on life came back during
her time in Florida 1996 where she attended English
classes and started doing sports again.
Edith has a professionally designed homepage with
lots of great photographs. To visit (in German
only) - please click HERE!
To view some talbronstein.net photographs
of the 2003 Berlin Wheelchair Marathon - please our Paralympics Sports Photo Gallery - click here:
BERLIN WHEELCHAIR MARATHON
© 2004 Steffen Berk