Rising Star - February 2014
A breakthrough season last year for Magdalena Lobnig of Austria saw the 23-year-old firmly establish herself as top contender on the senior stage. Lobnig progressed in her younger years through the junior and then at the under-23 level peaking with a World Championship title in the women's double sculls at the 2012 World Rowing Under 23 Championships.
Lobnig then seamlessly moved into the senior ranks by starting off the 2013 season with a silver medal in the women's single sculls at the European Rowing Championships. To show that this position was no one-off fluke, Lobnig footed it with all of the big names, finishing an impressive fourth in the single at the World Rowing Championships in Chungju, Korea. Lobnig is clearly a rising star in the world of rowing.
Currently at Austria's rowing training centre in Voulkermarkt, Lobnig is preparing for the 2014 season by building her endurance base before having her first big race of the season at the European Rowing Championships scheduled for the end of May in Belgrade.
I row because ... it's the feeling you get of the rhythm when you push the boat forward. You can't feel this in any other sport that I've tried. Also the combination between endurance, strength and technique is a really big challenge for me. I like the hard training sessions and the long endurance pieces. You can go to your maximum every day.
My toughest race ... I think it was the World Cup final in Lucerne (2013). I was not 100 per cent fit at this event as I was recovering from an illness. But I decided to race and made it into the final. I had nothing to lose so I risked everything and rushed out in front with the big names. Logically I couldn't hold the speed, but I was so fast that I had a new personal best time at the end.
My least favourite training session ... Lifting weights when there's the nicest weather outside.
My favourite training session ... 2k pieces at different stroke rates.
I study ... Plastics engineering at the Johannes Kepler University in Linz, Austria.
If I wasn't rowing my sport would be... Well that's a pretty difficult question. I used to do a lot of other sports before I started to row. I really like cycling and cross country skiing.
I get annoyed ... When I am coming home from a hard training session and there's nothing warm to eat.
2km or 5km on the erg? In Austria we don't row 5km, we row 6km. I like both pieces, but if I could decide I would take the shorter 2km one.
My non-rowing friends think that rowing is ... way too hard for training and competition.
My goal in rowing is ... to be able to compete at the Olympics for medals.