Bratislava, Slovakia – Slovak skier and nine-time Paralympic champion Henrieta Farkasova was awarded the title of best female Paralympic athlete 2019.
A testament to an incredible season and overall highly prolific career, the International Paralympic Committee named the vision-impaired skier, along with her guide Natalia Subrtova, the best Paralympic athlete of the year during the 2019 Sport and Media Awards ceremony held in Bonn, Germany.
The award ceremony, organized in cooperation with Allianz, celebrates the achievements of Paralympic athletes from the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Games in nine different categories.
Both Henrieta Farkasova and her guide Natalia Subrtova scooped up one of the most prestigious awards after winning four gold medals and one silver in PyeongChang, making her the most decorated athlete of the competition and putting Slovakia on top of the alpine skiing medals charts.
“Every person longs for recognition, and I, as an athlete, am very pleased that my sporting achievements are morally rewarded”, Farkasova commented. “I attribute success to the fact that I love skiing, and I still work on myself. I think that I am mentally strong enough as I have always managed to return to the top after many injuries”.
After winning three gold and two silver medals in Nordic skiing, French skier Benjamin Daviet was named best male Paralympic athlete 2019.
In February, Farkasova also received the Laureus Award for Best sportperson of the year with a disability. The vision-impaired Slovak skier is a nine-time Paralympic champion, a record-breaker in Slovakia: three gold medals in Vancouver (2010), two in Sochi (2014) and four in PyeongChang (2018).