“There’s no real secret to my
success. I just love what I do!“
100 metres runner Gina Lückenkemper is a well-known personality in athletics. Born in Hamm, the 21-year-old realised early on that she had a special talent when it came to running. She started competing internationally at a young age and at 15 was the youngest participant at the 2012 World Championships in Barcelona. Today she is German Champion and Vice European 100m Champion.
“Life is a marathon.“
To date he has completed over 50 marathons, over 30 ultra-marathons, nine desert runs, the east-west Race Across America bike race three times, over 100 marathons, ultra-marathons and Ironman Triathlons combined and over 100 half marathons, short-distance triathlons and short-distance races combined. He has completed a record eight Ironman Triathlons in one year.
It all started with a bet. Endurance sport was a response to his work with the legendary “Kelly Family”, who enjoyed great musical successes in the nineties and continue to do so today, and taught him discipline, ambition and a determination to achieve his goals.
“For me, it’s important to train
in a variety of ways to keep my
entire musculoskeletal system in
Max Rendschmidt (24) loved canoeing from an early age. His first whitewater experience was at the age of six, and he later gained his first experience of racing. At the age of 13 Max moved to a sports boarding school in Essen to concentrate solely on canoeing. In 2009 he celebrated his first German championship title in the junior four-man kayak event. In 2016 he won gold at the Olympic Games in Rio in both the four-man and two-man kayak events. Like Skandika, the Bonn native feels at home in Essen: his local club is KG Essen.
“Falling down, no problem.
Staying down, NO WAY.“
Many athletes have goals, such as Olympic and world championship medals. Lena’s goal is to become an athlete who can cope with all the demands of her sport. She draws her motivation from her iron will and her passion for her two great loves: biathlon and mountain biking. And she’s as weathered as Skandika! She loves training for competitions. Together with her small team she “tinkers” with peak fitness and good core musculature – a muscle tweak here, a tiny bit of fat loss there. Her attitude towards sport and her body form the basis of her success. She already has two German championship titles in mountain biking and one gold medal in international summer biathlon.