Stephan Riemekasten isn’t the usual sculler. He is a Yale graduate, medical student, speaks several languages and is a talented piano player as well. He was born in Berlin and isn’t seen as a muscleman within the scull team. Instead, he is a hard-working person with the right attitude towards his sports and furthermore, convinces with his good rowing technique. Nevertheless, he claims that he still wants to have fun during practice which is why he doesn’t only want to make his wife and his daughter laugh but also his team mates. He is currently trying hard to get a place in the team, but from the point of view of the coaches, he still fails because of his lack of physical ability. He drives as the first spareman to the World Championship and continues trying to undercut the required time on the ergo machine of six minutes. Will Stephan make it and get a seat in double or quad scull?
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?
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.
In the finale of the German Small Boat Championships it comes to the final decision. But Oliver Zeidler leaves no doubt that there can be only one champion.
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.
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 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.
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.
Stephan Riemekasten does not give up! At the World Cup III in Rotterdam he wants to call on his strengths in the single scull.
The room colleagues Olli Zeidler and Stephan Riemekasten draw a very personal conclusion towards the end of the training camp in Weissensee.
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!