When you’re young you don’t think very far ahead. You just think in terms of the next day the next week the next competition. You don’t think about injuries that could threaten your long-term health.
Sometimes I even now feel like a stranger in my country. But I knew there would be problems because I had seen the world as a skater. And now? A lot of people in eastern Germany have lost jobs rents went up food costs went up unemployment went to 20 percent. Freedom is good but it is not easy.
Money was never the motivation. It never should be in sports.
I started the class late. The teacher said I would have to learn as much in half a year that the others learned in a year. I did it.