Personal fact sheet
Profession: Swimmer
Place of birth: Augsburg, Germany
Age: 23
Height: 184 cm
Weight: 64 kg
Star Sign: Gemini
Athlete since: 2007
Family status: Unmarried

 

When Leonie Beck was a child, her older brother went to the swimming club and she always saw how much fun he had, so she wanted to swim, too! At that time she dreamed of being a florist, but years later in 2012, she won her first title in the German Swimming Championship at the 1.500 meter distance with a racing time of 16:41,69 minutes and in 2013 she repeated that success at a time of 16:11,88 minutes. More titles followed and in 2015 she qualified for the World Championship in Kasan before in 2016, she took part at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. At the European Championship 2018 in Glasgow she won two silver medals and at the World Championship 2019 in Gwangju she won the Bronze medal at the five kilometers distance and qualified for the Olympic Games in Tokio at the ten kilometers distance.

Asked about her training and her day in the sports and swimming center, she states: “I have a fantastic group and a very great coach. We all get along very well and have a lot of fun. So when we come to practice, we talk a lot and make a lot of jokes. But when it comes to the hard part we are always concentrated and focused. After the sessions we like to sit outside the pool for a bit longer or have dinner together.” After a really hard day like this, she still is motivated to get back in the water: “As long as you set goals for which you are really willing to do anything, you will always be motivated to keep going. Besides, you must be aware that the other competitors never sleep!” During the competitions then, she always tries to stay focused and to follow the instructions of her trainer. Her role model is the German swimmer Thomas Lurz, because he has proven how much you can achieve through hard work and effort. When she is not pursuing her sport, she is studying for a master’s degree in media communication at the University of Würzburg. She wants to build a family one day and have happy and healthy children.

QUESTIONS:

What drives you crazy or mad?

Unfairness.

What you have always with you or take along on your journey?

My lucky necklace!

Why you do what you do?

Because I love it! I love to reach my goals that puts all the hard work in the background. And the most beautiful side effect is that friendships are made that last a lifetime.

Winter or Summer, which season do you prefer?

Definitely summer. I don’t like it when it gets dark this early in the evening.

Where is your favorite location to spend your time?

In the beer garden of our swimming club SVW05.

What would you do with a lottery jackpot?

I would invest the money wisely and donate a part of it.

Do you wish to tell something to the readers?

Never stop believing in yourself and always work diligently towards your goals. With enough effort and ambition, you can make it to the top in life.

Do you have a slogan?

Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will!

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