2019 was the perfect year for Olli. At the beginning of the season, he beat Tim Ole Naske and Stephan Krüger in the national decision, won the single scull pre-test in Hamburg-Allermöhe and the German Small Boat Championships in Cologne. The 2.03-metre-tall exceptional talent justified his standing for the single scull in three ways: In June he won the European Championship in Lucerne, in July the traditional Henley Royal Regatta in England and at the end he crowned the season with the gold medal at the World Championship in Linz. Since then “the Terminator”, as he is reverently called by his opponents, has been the hunted one.
On his home track in Oberschleißheim near Munich he trains with his father Heino for his big goal, a medal at the Olympic Games in Tokyo. His home and his family, which supports him completely, are extremely important for Olli. Grandfather Hans-Johann Färber, who became Olympic Champion in the famous “Bullenvierer” in 1972, is at his side with advice and support, as well as his mother Katja and the two sisters Lea and Marie-Sophie, who also row. The big question will be whether Olli can continue the perfect 2019 season and withstand the enormous pressure. Besides the international World Cups, he also wants to compete at the German Small Boat Championships in Munich and the European Championships in Poznan before heading to the Olympic Games in Tokyo in July.
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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.
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