Silke Pan

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Silke Pan
Born January 11, 1973
Bonn, Germany
Nationality Swiss
Occupation Para-athletics

Silke Pan is a German and Swiss ARTIST, living in Aigle, Switzerland.[1]

Early Life

Silke Pan, a professional Contortionist and Circus performer from 1992 TO 2007 and trained at Berlin's National Circus School, saw her life change dramatically in 2007 after falling from a trapeze.[2][3][1][4]

Since then, she has pursued a successful career as a disabled athlete, allowing her to master her new physique[5][6][3][7] [8]She changed the page to reunite with her first love: the circus, after collecting medals from Europe and throughout the world on a handbike and travelling up to 80 passes with the strength of her arms.[9][10]

In Switzerland, education provides suitable measures for children and adolescents who have exceptional educational requirements due to a mental or physical handicap.[11][12]

Since 2016, as a Test Pilot, Silke Pan contributed to the development of the Twicce exoskeleton that allowed her to take part in several competitions from 2016 to 2021:

Cybathlon 2016, finalist & 4th place;

Cybathlon experience 2017, 1st place three times a row,

Cybathlon experience 2018, 1st place,

Cybathlon 2021, 2nd place against nine competitors from five countries (the United States, Russia, Korea, India, and France).[13][14]

The Cirque de Noël de Moudon becomes the first in the world to welcome an artist in a wheelchair, after Silke Pan returns to the circus fourteen years after the incident. [15]

Professional Career

Silke Pan has ridden to the top of several passes, some of which were more than 100 kilometers long.[16]

At the marathon in Heidelberg in 2013, she sets the world record.[1]

In 2019, Silke Pan visited and crossed 30 Swiss lakes on a course of 980 kilometers as part of the Le Tour des Lacs project.[17]

In 2021, at UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships, the women’s H4 title raced over 58.8km, saw Jennette Jansen of The Netherlands earn gold in 1:49:49 from Swiss riders Sandra Stockli, who clocked 1:51:52, and Silke Pan, who finished in 1:52:07.[18][19]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Silke Pan, revoir la lumière" (in fr). Le Temps. 2018-05-08. ISSN 1423-3967. 
  2. Pan, Silke (2020-06-03). "Tel un phénix qui renaît de ses cendres…" (in fr-FR). 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Une championne du monde sur RedLine Radio- Silke Pan - RedLine Radio" (in fr-FR). 
  4. "Fondation Qualife – Retrouver un emploi en trois mois grâce à un accompagnement chaleureux" (in fr). 
  5. "RTS Découverte - L'homme bionique" (in fr). 
  6. "Silke Pan, la renaissance d’une acrobate d'exception" (in fr-FR). 
  7. "Complètement Sport de sortie avec Silke Pan / Canal9" (in fr-FR). 
  8. "Silke Pan, une vie de défis et de partages" (in fr-FR). 
  9. "Paraplégie - «Tenir en équilibre sur mes mains, c’est retrouver mon identité»" (in fr). Le Matin. 2021-09-18. ISSN 1018-3736. 
  10. "La renaissance d’une acrobate". 
  11. "RTS Découverte - Le handicap à l'école" (in fr). 
  12. Coulon, Jessica (2020-12-29). "Inspire Your Indoor Rides With Wahoo SUF’s Cycling Film Series" (in en-US). 
  13. "Silke Pan: «Quand je suis debout, je revis entièrement»" (in fr). Le Matin. 2020-11-15. ISSN 1018-3736. 
  14. "Nouvelle version de l'exosquelette Twiice One testée par Silke Pan" (in fr). 
  15. "De la chaise à la piste – Quatorze ans après le drame, Silke Pan renoue avec le cirque" (in fr). 
  16. "Mon handicap, j'en ai fait ma force!" (in fr-FR). 
  17. "L’athlète valaisanne Silke Pan termine son tour des 30 lacs au Tessin" (in fr-FR). 
  18. "Plat wins second gold on final day of Para-cycling Road World Championships". 
  19. svizzera, RSI Radiotelevisione. "Silke Pan, obbiettivo Tokyo" (in it).