Career highlights

  • Olympic Games: gold medal in 2008
  • Member of the German NOC
  • Master’s degree equivalent in Regional Science of East Asia with focus on China and Business Administration

Why did I want to be a member of the IOC Athletes’ Commission?
Representing the interests of athletes has always been very important to me, and that’s why I am a member of my NOC and on several commissions and committees. My goal is to help create better dual career opportunities, as well as ensuring fair play and drug-free sport, with athletes always being at the heart of the Games. Finding the best possible conditions for training and competition at the Olympics is essential.

What do the Olympic Games mean to me?
The Olympic Games are the dream of all athletes. I had the chance to participate in three editions and won three medals – they were all unforgettable experiences.

The power of sport and the Olympic Games just fascinates me, it brings together people from all over the world.

Role in the AC
As the lead on athlete engagement, I help create the Athletes’ Space at the Games and the most athlete-suitable Games-time activities. To be the athletes’ voice, we need to know what they want, need and think.

Additional roles the in IOC
Member of the following Commissions: Athletes’ Entourage (2014-2016), Athletes’ (2016-), Communications (2016-)