Karl Schulze can be seen as the incumbent within the German scull team. He had already won two Olympic gold medals with the quadruple scull and won the World and European Championships. Together with his wife Marie-Christin Jonekeit and their little daughter Leni, he moved from Berlin to Hamburg (or Glinde, which is a small-town nearby) to still uphold the chance of winning his third Olympic gold medal which would make German history as this hasn’t been achieved before. He certainly has his bow seat in the quad safe after a strong training and ergo performances. Will he be able to achieve his biggest dream?
15 German scullers, 3 boat classes and only 7 seats available. The young scullers have a long and hard way ahead of them. Who will make it into which boat and fulfill his dream of the Olympic Games?
Karl Schulze is one of the most famous and successful scullers in Germany. He has achieved almost everything, but now he wants to make history.
Tim Ole Naske was on of Germany’s best sculler´s in the past two years. Nevertheless, he wasn’t nominated for he World Cup in 2018. This was a serious setback for the 22-year-old, who doesn’t lose sight of his big goal.
Before the selection process starts, all athletes have to do different tests. Typical for rowing is the step test, which is conducted by the performance diagnosticians several times a year .
The rowing soul is delighted, because the athletes like to rowing most with their boats on glassy water and sunny weather. But also a training camp has its rules.
Oliver Zeidler, Stephan Krüger, Tim Ole Naske – those are three contenders for the seat in the single scull. Each of them has his very own strengths. In Erba they practice head-to-head.
In the end the coaches select the rowers for the boats. The double scull could become highly competitive. Only the most successful boat of the last years causes some worries.
The ergometer test is the starting point of the selection and well known in the world of rowing: 2,000 meters – human vs. machine.
More than just a final rehearsal for the German Championship in Cologne: the single scull races in Hamburg-Allermöhe.
The German Championships are not just about the title. Already in the quarter-finals, there is a hard fight for a place among the first twelve. Not everyone achieves this goal.
Professional sport means above all renouncement. Timo Piontek, for whom last year was anything but easy, knows that too. At the World Championships in Linz everything goes well for him and the quad – until the final race.
The role of a spareman is ungrateful for every competitive athlete. Therefore the European Championship was for Stephan Riemekasten one of the most difficult regatta of his rowing career.
Head coach Marcus Schwarzrock is not satisfied with the performance at the European Championships. He sets first changes in the quadruple scull.
After another fourth place at the World Cup II in Poznan head coach Marcus Schwarzrock exchanged the strokeman in the quad. At the last regatta before the World Championship, Hans Gruhne takes over the command instead of Lars Hartig. Who can best withstand the pressure?
Hans Gruhne finally made his way to the stroke in the quadruple. One of his best friends was waiting for him.