Post written by Ann-Sophie Luz
A few weeks back, we came into contact with the SC Magdeburg Flatwater Sprint team who hails from the state of Sachsen-Anhalt in Germany. This team consists of men and women who are currently in the process of training for the upcoming Olympic trials and games. They specialize in the sport of sprint racing in either canoes or kayaks, going distances of up to 1,000 meters.
Recently, they traveled to Lake Lanier near Gainesville, Georgia for a training camp where Silke Miehlke, Director of Consulting Services and Britta Lipke, Events Coordinator, had the opportunity to meet the team. The training took place at the Lake Canoe and Kayak Club, one of the many locations of the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. Here, the team was training diligently in preparation for the German Team Olympic Trials, which took place in Duisburg, Germany, in the hopes of members securing a spot.
Their trainer was Eckhard Leue, a Bronze Medal winner during the 1980 Olympics. Silke and Britta were invited to join Mr. Leue to ride along in his boat while the athletes trained in the waters alongside them. Their talent showed as they rowed at around 100 strokes per minute over a distance of 500 meters, all the while making it look effortless.
These athletes are incredible and deserve a lot of support and credit for all of their hard work. We, at the GACC South, wish them the best of luck and look forward to supporting our new friends in the 2012 Olympics as well as their future endeavors in the world of canoeing and kayaking.