HEIDI MACKOWITZ (AUT) – ATHLETE

Heidi has been a member of the Austrian Ski National Team since 2009 and first became World Champion in 2010 winning slalom and giant slalom. In 2012 she became Sportswoman of the year in Austria (in the category of people with an impairment)

However her career was almost ended when, in 2013, she suffered an accident during ski training on a glacier. Her femur was broken in five places. After a long struggle of learning how to walk properly again, she made it back on to the slopes after a long stretch of physiotherapy and hard training in Winter 2016.

Against everybody´s belief she not only came back on the skis, she conquered her fear of skiing in a race again taking 2nd and 3rd place at the World Skiing Championship in Poland in 2016.