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|Date of Birth||08/09/1993|
INTERVIEW WITH KATRINA BATEMAN
Best known for single sculling, steadfastness, distinctiveness and winning Olympic and World Championship medals, World Rowing is proud to present Marcel Hacker of Germany as our Athlete of the Month. The Sydney 2000 Olympic medallist, 2002 World Champion and former World Best Time holder in the men's single sculls, Hacker is celebrating in 2014 as this is his 20th year on the German national team.
Tell us about your ﬁrst introduction to rowing?
It all started during a festival in Magdeburg on 3 October 1991. The local club provided some ergometers at a promotional stand. I found it pretty interesting, tried it and still continue doing it. This is how it all started.
What do you think made you decide that rowing was the sport for you?
I realised pretty quickly that I wanted to do a water sport. The two options were swimming and rowing. Since you would always get wet swimming and stay dry rowing (but still be surrounded by water) I decided to row.
Was there some turning point that made you think, 'I want to be an elite rower'?
This just came due to the success. I trained with double Olympic champion André Willmes in the quad. This created some sort of competition within the training group. My motivation was to be faster than André.I ﬁnally reached this in 1999. I was sitting in the single for the ﬁrst time.
It's your 20th anniversary of rowing for Germany, tell us about your memories of your ﬁrst race for Germany at the 1994 World Rowing Junior Championships? What did it feel like to win?
That was in August in Munich. The ﬁnal was in the afternoon. In the last 250m my only thought was to stay straight..
|w4x||2014||race race||First Place|
|w4x||2014||race race||Third Place|