Stephan Riemekasten has decided. The Yale graduate and current medical student has become a father for the second time after last year’s World Championships. Since the native Berliner is not one of the biggest musclemen in the German scull national team, he unfortunately could not convince the coaches of his physical ability. For family reasons, Stephan stopped his way to the Olympic Games, as the sympathetic rower wants to have more time with his family. However, Stephan is still working on his physique in order to be able to participate in some regattas this season and to attack strongly again at the next Olympic cycle.
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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.
Stephan Riemekasten personally lets you know why he cannot take the torture of the Olympic dream any longer in this video diary.
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.
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.