A few years ago, TOle named his single scull “Thanatos”, which can be translated as death wish. At that time, the law student didn’t know that this name will be a metaphor for this career. Despite his constant good performances and two victories at the German Championships, he wasn’t nominated for the World Championship last year. But TOle wouldn’t be himself if he didn’t recover from this setback and didn’t fight for his dream of winning the gold medal at the Olympic Games. With Stephan Krüger he has a new and very experienced partner in the double scull at his side. Can he finally reach his big goal with him?
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?
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.
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.
Lauritz Schoof is one of the most successful German rowers in history. He knows the importance of pretests and his best friend Stephan Krüger very well!
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.
Lars Hartig and Timo Piontek are the top dogs in the fight for the double scull. They are boat partners and good friends at the same time. That’s also why they want to fulfill their big dream together.
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.
The highlight of the fight for the double scull takes place in Duisburg! Lars Hartig and Timo Piontek against Stephan Krüger and Tim Ole Naske. A hard fight, with a lot of tension and big emotions.
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.
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?
Rarely has the international field of competitors been so strong and close together in the double sculls as this season. For Stephan and TOle, the World Championships is not really smooth, but the big goal, Tokyo 2020, is tangible.