Age: 35 years
Year and Location that you won WCH: 2003 in Pesaro / Italy
How many years had you been training MP before you won: 16 years
What other honours did you win:
2000: 2nd place World Cup final
16th place Olympic games Sydney
2001: 1st place final World cup ranking
2nd place World cup Mexico
2002: 1st place WCH relay
3rd place WCH 2002 in San Francisco
2003: 2nd place WCH team
3rd place World cup Budapest
2004: 7th place Olympic games Athens
2005: 1st World cup Athens
3rd World cup final Upsala
2006: 3rd Place World cup Berlin
2007: 1st WCH team Berlin
1st WCH relay Berlin
1st place World cup Cairo
2008: 16th place Olympic games Beijing
2009: 4th place ECH Leipzig
Your inspiration while competing: My biggest motivation in Pesaro was the direct qualification for the Olympic Games in Athens 2004.
Your strongest discipline: swimming and running
Your biggest rival while competing: Erik Johansson / SWE
What was the "key factor" which let you win the gold medal? The key factor was my very strong performance in the fencing event and a smart tactical running with a fulminant finish.
How your life (sport and private life) change like after becoming World Champion? Honestly my life didn´t really change a lot after the title. Of course I was very proud and aspired by many people. I was invited to many honor ceremonies and events in the next month after my title, but of course this calmed later on.
What do you remember from the championships: crowd, weather, memorable moments, hospitality, facilities etc (paint a picture of what the Championships were like back then) I remember that the weather was very hot and the conditions for competing were very hard. The accomodation was quite good and I felt very comfortable in Pesaro, were I also qualified myself for the Olympic Games 2000 in Sydney a few years before. I was very happy having my family around in the moment of my biggest success in MP.
How the sport has changed? MP changed a lot in the past and I think it is important to be up to date. But we have to be aware not to forget our history and roots.
How do you think you would stand competing against the current crop of athletes in the current format? I think, the current format would be quite good for me and if I would have time again to train professionelly, I could still be among the top athletes. But even if the new format complies to my skills, I still prefere the format I was training and competing for more than 20 years.
Current life (involved in sport or not? If not what is he/she doing?) I am working in a german company in the advertising-business. If I have time I still do some swimming and running. Riding is still one of my hobbies.
in your opinion who could get into the „hall of fame” of MP and why/ for what reason? Andrejus Zadneprovskis, for beating Eric Walther in several competitions.
Tell us a bit about your family: In 2009 I married my girl friend Sarah and we are happiely living together in Berlin.
Are you still involved in MP and if so what capacity? Like I mentioned before I am still training a little bit and have contact to the currently competing athletes.
Who is going to win the 50th WCH in Chengdu? David Svoboda