Death at 30
:German rower Olympic champion collapsed while skiing
Rowing Olympic champion Maximilian Reinelt died in cross-country skiing at the age of only 30 years. The native Ulmer died on Sunday in St. Moritz, as the team Germany-Achter announced. Reinelt was in 2012 in London with the eighth Olympic champion. In 2016, he again won silver with the German flagship in Rio de Janeiro and then ended his career. As the canton police Grisons told the Swiss view, broke down on the cross-country ski track due to a “medical cause” together. The incident thus occurred at the height of the Olympic hill.
“His surprising and far too early death makes me infinitely sad,” said Siegfried Kaidel, Chairman of the German Rowing Association (DRV): “Everyone who was allowed to get to know him, was captured by his authoritative and friendly way. He will be missed. I wish his fiancee and family a lot of strength and courage for this difficult time. “
IOC President Thomas Bach reacted in dismay. “Maximilian Reinelt is one of the great athletes of German rowing and, in addition, a very personable person who has managed to combine competitive sports and his professional training as a doctor with great success. This makes his death in sports so tragic. My condolences go to his family and many friends, “said the head of the International Olympic Committee. Bach presented the silver medal to Reinelt 2016 in Rio.
Team doctor at the U23 team
The two-time World Champion Reinelt had focused after his career on his medical studies. Already next week he wanted to accompany the U23 team as a team doctor in the training camp to Mequinenza (Spain) “Since we had to learn today of his too early death, dominate us unbelief and bewilderment,” said the team Germany -8 with: “At the moment It is incredibly difficult for us to find the appropriate words to honor Maximilian’s life, for he can no longer be part of our community exceeds our imagination. “
Reinelt was first appointed to the eighth in Germany in 2010, since then he has been a permanent member. On November 1, 2016, he was awarded the Silver Laurel Leaf by Federal President Gauck. (Sid)