FEBRUARY 2017

Slovakia Veronika Vadovicova

9 February 1983Trnava, SVK
LATEST TRIUMPHS:
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games - Gold: R2 (women's 10m air rifle standing SH1) and R8 (women's 50m Rifle three positions SH1); Silver: R8 (women’s 50m rifle three positions SH1)
2014 IPC Shooting World Championships - Gold: R2 (women's 10m air rifle standing SH1); Silver: R8 (women's 50m Rifle three positions SH1)
2013 IPC Shooting European Championships – Gold: R2 (women’s 10m air rifle standing SH1); R8 (women’s 50m rifle three positions SH1); Silver: R3 (mixed 10m air rifle prone SH1)
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games – Gold: R2 (women’s 10m air rifle standing SH1)

The Slovakian shooter picked up where she left off at Rio 2016, with wins in the season opener.

Slovakian shooter Veronika Vadovicova has been voted as the Allianz Athlete of the Month for February after picking up where she left off from September’s Paralympic Games.

The Rio 2016 Paralympic champion opened the 2017 season with a bang, winning all four of her events at the World Shooting Para Sport World Cup in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. That included three new world records due to a change in the finals format, and one in R8 (women’s 50m rifle three positions SH1).

Vadovicova received 42 per cent of the public vote. Japanese wheelchair racer Sho Watanabe was second with 33 per cent, followed by US Nordic skier Oksana Masters (24 per cent). US snowboarder Brenna Huckaby and Austrian Nordic skier Carina Edlinger were also nominated.

The 2017 winners so far are:

January –Jeroen Kampschreur, Netherlands, alpine skiing

February – Veronika Vadovicova, Slovakia, shooting