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Johannes Rydzek, 26, entered the history books during the World Championships in Lahti, Finland. He won four gold medals in Nordic Combined, a feat that has never been done before. He also successfully defended his two gold medals from the Falun 2015 World Championships. Axelent decided to check Johannes’s pulse.
“No, I definitely didn't expect that. I knew I was in good enough shape to go for medals in all the heats, but so much can happen in our sport that it's impossible to plan or predict success.”
“Each medal and success carries its own story and therewith its own significance. My first World Championship title in Sweden in 2015 was naturally very special. Particularly as it was my first title together with Axelent.”
“You're in the famous ‘tunnel’ at that moment, totally focused on that one thing. You execute the jump mentally and hope the conditions are perfect at the key moment.”
“No, you have to complete the run. Simply do your best. The only thing you know for certain is that you will be more or less successful.”
“I grew up in Obersdorf in the German Allgäu region. They say that children there are born with silver skis on their feet. The Four Hills Tournament and the Nordic Skiing World Championships 1987 and 2005 put Nordic Sport on the map in my home district. As a child I began with ski jumping and cross country skiing. This combination has always fascinated me.”
No, I don’t actually have a role model. Thomas Müller, Olympic World Champion and Team Event Champion in Nordic Combined, coached me in my youth. As a young sportsman you set your sights on goals and really want to achieve them.”
“Yes, my post box in Oberstdorf is usually quite full in the winter. Being a role model for somebody is not only a great honour for me but also a responsibility. No doubt one or another junior athlete dreams of succeeding like I have. I’m always happy when children turn to me and I can motivate them on their journey."
“As I mentioned before, we will always be connected through my first world championship title. Axelent is more than just a sponsor for me. They are a partner who I can put my trust in. Our partnership is maintained to the highest extent by Axelent. I’m very proud of having such a fantastic partner.”
“I’ll be focusing on my studies when the winter season ends. I’m studying business science in Kempten. When I’m not studying I like to spend time in the countryside with my girlfriend or friends. Paragliding, mountain climbing, hiking, skiing, that sort of thing. The countryside gives me a lot.”
“After high school I began studying parallel with my sporting activities. I plan to remain an active athlete until 2021 or 2022, which gives me plenty of time to consider my future.”
with Johannes Rydzek
City or countryside?
Activity or relaxation?
Eat out or at home?
Home is simply best
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