So perhaps, it is because this young German rower has an incredible family history, background and genetic makeup. His grandfather, Hans-Johann Färber won Olympic rowing gold during the 1972 Munich Games, an edition that also unfortunately went down in history for the terrible Black September tragedy.
Born in 1996, Olivier’s respect and authentic passion for the tradition of Olympic history has formed distinctive and fundamental aspects of his character and identity. The events that occurred during the 1972 Munich games, his generational ties to rowing and strong family culture have inspired this Olympic hopeful to become a real dreamer in all respects.
Refusing to accept ‘almost taking part’ as destiny, Olivier reflected long and hard in search of a new source of motivation and passion. He ended up finding it the folds of his family rowing tradition. Even though he was starting from scratch, it was a natural fit and Olivier began dedicating body, mind and soul 24/7 to rowing. “I knew my tank wasn’t out of gas. I had more to do and say in the world of sports.”
Willingness is a good start, of course, but it is not enough on its own, and it was pure and simple work, hard work, which is a basic pillar of Zeidler's favourite discipline, that enabled him to really get to the top: "sometimes you feel the pain in your muscles. You feel the hard work suddenly hit you. But then at the end, almost magically, when you have earned your place in an important final, everything comes back. Everything makes sense and you can finally show what you can do and what you are worth."
As the Tokyo 2020 Games approach, his name resonates as a medal favorite. Incredibly, Oliver manages to find solace and treasure in this crazy pressure. “At the moment, my only thoughts are to go to Japan and do everything to the best of my ability, down to the smallest detail. It is a goal, but moreover it would be a real dream to win a gold medal just like my grandfather, so I too can author my own Olympic chapter in the great book of our family.”
So, if this happens and if he really succeeds, next time when his grandfather tells stories of Olympic greatness around the fire, the baton will surely pass on directly to Olivier.
The European rowing champion, whose physical strength and lightning speed are his winning cards during competition, chooses to train with Skillrow, the indoor rowing product that improves anaerobic power, aerobic capacity and neuromuscular function in just one solution.
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For strength, endurance and stability training out of the water, Oliver Zeidler uses Technogym dumbbells. Discover the training in the programme section of Technogym App.