Birthdate5 Sep 1997
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Rising Star – May 2020
Twenty-two-year-old German sculler Marc Weber is the reigning World Under-23 Champion in the men’s single sculls. He’s since made it to the senior squad and tells how corona virus may have delayed his Olympic dream but it’s helped him learn new skills.
I am currently… at home after the federal coach sent us away for a short break after the corona outbreak. In the past six weeks, I have mainly been riding my bike a lot, doing strength training and participating in the Spring series from Concept2 (indoor rowing). From May 18th I’m rowing again together with the other German scullers in Hamburg.
How the corona virus has changed my year… After the 2019 World Under 23 Rowing Championships I was invited to our senior team by the national coach. I've trained hard in the past few months and participated in many internal team races. My goal is to sit in one of the boats at the 2020 Olympics. The dream of Olympia this year is shattered, but I believe that it can also be an opportunity for me to improve further until next year and then I will attack again, preferably in the double sculls.
My first time in the rowing boat was… when I was 12 years old. I was put directly into a single scull and of course I capsized after three oar strokes. After that I didn't get in a single scull for six months because I was so afraid to capsize again. Luckily there was always someone else who would do a double with me.
For me rowing has… two sides which makes it so attractive. On one side is the sport itself; the connection to nature, the technical aspect of the rowing movement and that you push yourself to your limits and beyond. On the other side, the rowing community in Germany and worldwide. It feels like a big family you can always count on.
I prefer to train in… my home town. Unfortunately, I’m not there as often anymore but the conditions on water are perfect. The water is always smooth and there is almost no shipping traffic. When you go rowing in the evening in summer you can enjoy every stroke.
My most memorable race is… definitely the single sculls final at the 2019 World Under 23 Rowing Championships in Sarasota. The whole World Championship was great fun and the race was the highlight of a season that went perfectly for me. I also had two super strong opponents, Stefanos Ntouskos and Jonas Juel, who kept the race exciting until the last stroke and the finishing line.
On the day of the race I… always get up at least three hours before the start and then I do some small exercises to pep myself up. Meanwhile I try to stay relaxed as long as possible and I joke around with my coach sometimes up to 40 minutes before my race. Only when I leave the jetty, I switch to my racing mode and fully concentrate on the race.
Indoor rowing is… not my personal favourite when it comes to the endurance area. But when it comes to full throttle on the ergo, I like to try to push it to the limit. I think I am one of a few people who like to row a 2k on the erg.
When I am not rowing I… do a lot of work for university where I'm currently studying for my Bachelor of Psychology. Besides that, I just moved and I am still busy setting up my room.
For fun or to relax I… have had to change a bit because of Covid-19 - there is not much to do outside. That’s why I discovered my new cooking skills. It's a lot of fun and it can be relaxing for me during a stressful time between rowing and studying. After my first couple of tries, I think my cooked meals are now edible.