At that time my pro-sport-career began and it didn’t only influence more than the half of my life, it completely turned it upside down. Day in and day out my schedule was all about ice skating. And about winning. Quite an ego game with many social components. Sport is versatile and many may shortsightedly think that individual athletes are narcissistic. What you definitely learn with sports is self-responsibility, because at the end of the day you are all alone on the starting line. Many of those lessons I learned in this school of life called „Sport“ I just understood much later. Gradually, I realize how incredibly valuable sport was for my development.
I look back on many championship titles, world championship participations, crazy experiences and a few years abroad. Always with me: my skates. But not only the ice-skates, also the inline skates, because they were a great addition in our training routine and they offered the best option to get around. Cheap and environmentally friendly.
I remember the time well – i was about 13 years old – we created challenges to keep the training from becoming too monotonous. „Amusing“ ideas such as: skating to every McDonalds in Vienna in one day or skating through every district of our town and capture a photo in each of them. Always as fast as possible. I probably do not need to emphasize, that we came up with many other „smart“ ideas.