Double Paralympic champion Anna-Lena Forster is turning her attention back to the ski slopes after finishing a stressful period of university study.
With the rescheduled 2021 World Para Snow Sports Championships and Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games a little over a year away, Forster is putting her sporting career first.
But the German sit skier, who won two golds at Pyeongchang 2018, is also thinking ahead to her future.
The 25-year-old is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in psychology which she hopes to complete by the end of this year and is relieved to have submitted her thesis.
"I was surprisingly relaxed most of the time," said Forster on her rush to hand in her dissertation.
"It was only in the last few days that the typical panic broke out in which everything came all at once.
"I had not scheduled enough time for corrections and was super stressed and totally unsure about what I had written.
"After I had handed it in on time, I was super relieved and now I am very happy to have done this big part of my studies."
Forster’s results on the World Para Alpine Skiing circuit over the past three years have been impressive and she has made a strong start to the 2020-2021 season.
Her latest triumphs include winning four out of four gold medals in the first two Europa Cup stages, held in Austria in November and December.
She added another four golds to her tally during the year’s last races in St Moritz in Switzerland.
Out of all the major medals Forster has won since she first came on the Para Alpine circuit, her first Paralympic gold in super combined at Pyeongchang 2018 stands out the most.
"The Paralympics are the most important and biggest event for us athletes," said Forster who also picked up two silvers and a bronze at Sochi 2014.
"The whole world is watching and you have been preparing for these competitions for years.
"To reach the highest possible place there was my big dream – so my dream came true."
While Forster’s speciality is in the technical disciplines, she landed her first speed medal at the World Championships in 2019, taking silver in downhill behind seven-time Paralympic champion Anna Schaffelhuber.
But Forster admits she does not train enough at the downhill to be optimistic over her chances of future success.
"I have been enjoying the speed disciplines for quite some time now and I was also very good in the downhill in Pyeongchang before I crashed," Forster said.
"The problem is that we don't get the chance to train the fast disciplines as often and therefore we lack confidence in these disciplines."