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Row to Tokyo

Welcome! SXULLS tells the story of Germany’s best scullers and their dream of the Olympic Games. Join the athletes until Tokyo 2020!

Ergometer-test // selection – part 1

The ergometer test is the starting point of the selection and well known in the world of rowing: 2,000 meters – human vs. machine.


Plan B

Stephan Krüger and Tim Ole Naske were focused on the single scull a long time, but after the victory of Oliver Zeidler at the German Small Boat Championships new opportunities did arise inevitably.


European Champion

Olli Zeidler’s steady rise seems to have no end. Also in Lucerne he outclassed the international scullers and crowned himself the new European champion.



The last 250 meters! Stephan Riemekasten and Tim Ole Naske comment on the finish of the M1x A-final of the European Championship and are up to the last with their teammate.



The international competition is also impressed by Olli Zeidler. Damir Martin even has a nickname for him.



The European Championships in Lucerne should be the first pointer to the international competition for Stephan Krüger and Tim Ole Naske, but the new German double scull team has yet to find its way.


Sleepless nights

Head coach Marcus Schwarzrock is not satisfied with the performance at the European Championships. He sets first changes in the quadruple scull.


Second chance

Unlike the European Championships, several national teams per boat class can be nominated. At the World Cup II in Poznan, Hans Gruhne and Stephan Riemekasten start together in the double scull and want to show what they are capable of.


Last man standing

Stephan Riemekasten does not give up! At the World Cup III in Rotterdam he wants to call on his strengths in the single scull.


Two Generations

Stephan Krüger and Tim Ole Naske already showed a few times what they are capable of in the double scull. Working together in this boat is running more smoothly every day. But what is possible at the world championships?


Rowing by Numbers

Oliver Zeidler made his way up to world elite pretty astonishing. But is his performance measurable? Sport scientist Mark Amort knows more.


Conclusion from Weissensee

The room colleagues Olli Zeidler and Stephan Riemekasten draw a very personal conclusion towards the end of the training camp in Weissensee.


Coaching Zone

In Olli Zeidler’s final race, we were allowed to be very close to the side of the man who was probably the most excited, his father and coach Heino.



At the World Championships in Linz, Stephan Riemekasten supports his team-mates as a spareman best and has only one motto for the upcoming Olympic season: attack!


The long way to Tokyo


Single scull is taken – who will make in one of the other boats?

In Duisburg the preliminary decision for the double scull has fallen. How will the coaches decide?

The team is selected – nine athletes are nominated for the European Championships in Lucerne

Rowing European Championships – in Lucerne (Switzerland) the team has to prove itself for the first time internationally

World Rowing Cup III – the dress rehearsal for the World Cup will take place in Rotterdam (Netherlands)

Training Camps – in Weißensee (Austria) and Munich will be working on fine tuning for the World Championchips

Rowing World Championship – the season’s highlight! In Linz (Austria) the boats have to be qualified for TOKYO 2020

First training 2020 – the Olympic season begins and the tickets are redistributed


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