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From a Coma to Olympic gold and fighting crime

Seven years ago, German cyclist Kristina Vogel was lying in a coma in her hospital bed, unable to speak and breathe alone, her hopes of riding a bike again ,let alone going to the Olympics, appeared shattered.

She had been out training when she hit a car, but even then Vogel didn't give up hope:

'I wrote on a piece of paper, is my bike broken or not, I want to get a new one, i just want to ride my bike. I was on my bike and I crashed in to a car, I had two days in coma, a lot of bone fractures, it was a really hard moment in my life, but i believed in myself and I accepted the bad position and I'm back!"

"I was on my bike and I crashed in to a car, I had two days in coma, a lot of bone fractures, it was a really hard moment in my life, but i believed in myself and I accepted the bad position and I'm back! I had the accident in 2009 and in 2010 I had the best World Championships of my career in Copenhagen."

It's hard everyone is looking at you and wants to beat you
Olympic gold medalist Kristina Vogel

Now she has returned to the city of her greatest triumph, London for the World Cycling Championships, but in 2012 , it's where she capped off a remarkable recovery with Olympic gold in the team sprint with Miriam Welte, adding to their World Championship gold.

So with Rio on the horizon she admits she now does feel the pressure of being a favourite for Olympic gold:

"It's hard everyone is looking at you and wants to beat you, but I think I'm one of the best sprinters in the world. I like the role to be the hunter or be the hunted."

From a coma to Olympic gold & fighting crime

German cyclist and policewoman Kristina Vogel on keeping her Olympic dream alive

Vogel is also excelling off the track, fighting crime as a police officer back in Germany albeit she's taken a year long break to focus on her Olympic Dream, occasionally being spotted as she tries to make arrests!

"I'm not a superstar in Germany, but when I stop them, they're like 'yeh are you Kristina Vogel', sometimes it's a bit annoying and funny.

So does Vogel still arrest them?

"Yes, when someone is a bad, bad girl or guy I have to arrest them".

"When I quit my career as an athlete i have something, something I love. I'm a federal police officer of a lifetime, no one can push me out, it's good!"

Kristina trackside