I have been swimming since the age of eight. My humbled beginnings in Odenwald (near Darmstadt) have enabled me to travel and compete all over the world.
Swimming has had a huge impact on my life and drives my daily routines. I have turned my passion into a profession.
Date of birth: 1990/01/25
Place of birth: Darmstadt, Germany
Body height: 185 cm / 6 ft
Body weight: 82 kg / 180 lbs
Disciplines: 200m and 100m breaststroke
Swimming since: 1998
Club: SG Frankfurt
Coaches: Dirk Lange and Shila Sheth
Hobbies: bouldern, biking, listen to music
From land to water
My first swim lesson was at the age of 8. My brother already enjoyed swimming in the club what made me curious.
Breaststroke was the first stroke I learned. I had fun moving in the water. Until today I love the peace while swimming and enjoy the complete silence. A lot of people swim to clear their heads but I was always good at thinking and brainstorming while training. In the pool I am on my own. Alone and free. Sometimes I am so deeply in my thoughts that I do not react to any instructions from the coaches. 😉
A couple of hours every day I am in the pool. As soon as I jump into the water I am in my element. For me the zero gravity feeling is a form of levitation. The water basically carries me and even in a tough session I can relax in the pool in some way.
I already thought about the reason why I still love this sport. The answer may sound a bit pathetic but the jump into a pool feels kind of like a relief. Additionally, I can say that I am happy to be an individual athlete. That is my challenge. I am completely responsible for myself and my performances. I cannot hide behind someone at any time. That tempts and challenges me.
I am here to create!