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SXULLS makes you a companion of Germany’s best rowers. Follow the athletes on their journey to Tokyo and witness their personal stories.

The Olympic Dream

The year 2020 began with excitement for the biggest sport event in the world. However, the Olympic Games in Tokyo have been postponed to July and August 2021 due to the corona pandemic. The athletes now face new and different challenges. Who is going to continue the journey? And who will forfeit and quit his way to Tokyo? Follow them in this web series on their hard way.

“UNSTOPPABLE” – Episode 19

German champion, winner of the Henley Regatta, European and world champion – in 2019 Oliver Zeidler had unbelievable success. An Olympic medal was planned for this summer, but then Covid19 came along and the games were canceled. How does Olympic hope Oliver Zeidler deal with the situation?


“RE-START” – Episode 18

After an eight-week break from training, the team is finally allowed to go back on the water. U23 world champion Marc Weber, in particular, is eager to return and has big plans. Meanwhile, an old friend is back on the team.


Olympic postponement – World Champions View

The postponement of the Olympic Games wasn’t a surprise anymore, but still the IOC decision was a tough one for our SXULLS athletes. Subscribe to the newsletter now and check out the opionion of world champion Oliver Zeidler in an exclusive video diary.


Finally, the quad forms a solid unit. The two youngsters Max Appel & TOle Naske and the experienced Olympic champions Hans Gruhne and Karl Schulze are ready for the World Cup season, but in the middle of the euphoria they are torn from their dreams.


“ALL OR NOTHING” – Episode 16

Stephan Krüger is one of the best rowers in Germany: World, European champion and three-time Olympic athlete. But he also has to face the tough selection of the double scull. The seat races are an extreme situation for body and mind, which not all athletes are up to.


“CHANGES” – Episode 15

In the infamous erg test, athletes have to go beyond their limits. Only those who invest everything have a chance of achieving the ambitious norm. While some athletes impress with personal bests and strong training performances, someone needs to talk to the head coach privately.


Shattered Dream

Stephan Riemekasten personally lets you know why he cannot take the torture of the Olympic dream any longer in this video diary.


Athletes & Coaches

Ten world-class rowers, but only seven tickets to the Olympics. Every athlete has his own story and his own plan. Check out the Athletes & Coaches profiles.

Sunny Vibes

While his teammates are in the middle of their selection process, World Champion Oliver Zeidler is training in Australia with an Olympic rowing champion – his aunt Judith.


SXULLS on German TV

If you just can’t get enough of the web series, you can watch four more episodes of our SXULLS series in the ZDF media library.

M4x Nomination

The provisional nomination for the quad scull seats has been made. What do the athletes have to say about it?


WRCH 2019

The season highlight has exceeded all expectations. Severe setbacks and grandiose successes are close together in Linz. In the end all three sculling boats achieved their main goal: qualifying for Tokyo 2020.

“SPECIAL ONE” – Episode 14

So far, the season has been fantastic for Oliver Zeidler. In the final of the World Championships there ar strong guys waiting. While Olli is on his own in the race, father Heino cheers loudly away from the track. What a thriller.


WRCH 2019

The season highlight has exceeded all expectations. Severe setbacks and grandiose successes are close together in Linz. In the end all three sculling boats achieved their main goal: qualifying for Tokyo 2020.

“FAR AWAY” – Episode 13

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.


“DOUBLE KNOT” – Episode 12

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.


Previously on SXULLS

An incredible world champion story, heartbreaking defeats and personal drama. 2019 is history – and a very special one! Already in the year before the Olympic Games, the athletes had to prove that they were willing to sacrifice everything for the goal of the Olympics. In the first chapter of SXULLS you can see who was successful in the merciless selection process for Tokyo 2020.