Christiane Reppe, who lost her right leg to amputation at age five due to a malignant nerve tumor, began her athletic career at the age of just twelve. Joining the German National Junior Ski Team, Christiane won 2nd and 3rd place multiple times in the German and World Cup Championships - "Sports have always been my passion. I'm completely in my element, able to go 'beyond myself' whilst competing".
Enjoying the spirit of competition, Christiane decided to start participating in competitive swimming. Qualifying for her first world championships in Mar del Plata, Argentina (winter 2002), Christiane continued her sporting success by winning two bronze medals. Transferring her training to Dresden (under the watchful eye of Dirk Oehme), Christiane success continued with a further two bronze medals for the 100m and 400m freestyle swimming at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens. It was also for this achievement that Christiana was awarded the highly prestigious 'Silberness Lorbeerblatt" sports award in Germany.
Reppe, then 20, relocated her training activities to Berlin, where she started for PSC Berlin and trained with the Berlin swim team under the direction of Matthias Ulm. Returning from the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing with a respectable 6th place in the 400m Freestyle (despite a shoulder injury), Christiane switched to the Berlin-based trainer Phillip Semechin with her eye on the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. Along with several other final rounds, she took 5th place in her favorite category - the 400m Freestyle.
Retiring from swimming after the 2012 Olympic Games, Christiane Reppe still holds many German records that still hold today. It was in 2013 when Christiane decided to start a new sporting career in handcycling - "I had tried out a handbike some years before and was immediately fascinated with it. I was looking for a new challenge after swimming and I found it in handcycling". Returning to Dresden to train under Dr. Ralf Lindschulten, Christiane was successful from her very first season, taking home every medal in every competition she entered.
Winning two silver medals at her first World Cup in Segovia, Spain, Christiane then progressed to her first world championships in Greenville, South Carolina and won a surprising stage race gold, as well as a bronze in single time trials.
After an intensive winter training, Christiane set herself the goal to take a place on the podium at all world cup tournaments in 2015. With a time of 1:00:26, she even set a new handcycling world record at the 2015 Heidelberg Marathon, and defended her stage race world title from the previous year.
With achievements that make her one of the most successful para-cycling athletes in Germany, Christiane feels like she's living her dream - "Sport means so very much to me. It has been my approach to life. I keep myself in shape through it and feel so alive!"