ZEIDLER Oliver

24 Jul 1996
25
Male
Olympic Scholarship
2.03/6'7''
DACHAU
 
Germany
MUNICH
 
Germany

Events and Medals

Discipline Event Rank Medal
ROW Rowing Men's Single Sculls 7

Schedule

Change
Start Time Location Event Status
Sea Forest Waterway
Finished
Sea Forest Waterway
Finished
Sea Forest Waterway
Finished
Sea Forest Waterway
Finished

Biographical Information

Highlights

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World Championships
YearLocation1x
2019Linz, AUT1
2018Plovdiv, BUL6

European Championships
YearLocation1x
2021Varese, ITA1
2020Poznan, POL4
2019Lucerne, SUI1

World Cup
RankEventYearLocationResult
1Single Sculls2021Zagreb, CRO6:49.78
2Single Sculls2018Lucerne, SUI6:59.45
3Single Sculls2021Sabaudia, ITA6:39.47
3Single Sculls2018Linz, AUT6:47.27
3Single Sculls2018Belgrade, SRB6:46.23
5Single Sculls2019Poznan, POL7:27.12
13Single Sculls2019Rotterdam, NED6:57.42


Legend
DNF - Did Not Finish, DNS - Did Not Start, EXC - Excluded
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The Terminator, Olli. (sxulls.de, 01 Jan 2020)
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Travelling. (worldrowing.com, 01 Mar 2020)
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Athlete, Finance
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Law - FOM University of Applied Sciences for Economics and Management, Germany
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Partner Helen Scholtissek
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German
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Donau-Ruder-Club Ingolstadt [Germany]
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Heino Zeidler [personal, father], GER
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His grandfather, Hans-Johann Farber, represented the Federal Republic of Germany in rowing at three Olympic Games from 1968-1976, winning gold in the men's four in 1972 and bronze in the same event in 1976. His father Heino Zeidler also competed in the sport internationally, finishing fourth at the world championships on two occasions and winning gold in the men's pairs at the 1991 Junior World Championships in Banyoles, Spain. His uncle, Matthias Ungemach, represented Germany at the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games, finishing fourth in the men's four in 1992, while his aunt, Judith Zeidler, competed in the sport at the 1988 and 1992 Olympic Games, winning gold in the women's eight in 1998 and bronze in 1992. His sister, Marie-Sophie Zeidler, has competed in rowing at international level, including at the world championships in 2019. His partner Helen Scholtissek has competed in swimming at national level in Germany. (SportsDeskOnline, 01 Sep 2020)
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He won a gold medal in the men's open category at the 2019 World Indoor Championships in Long Beach, CA, United States of America. He also competed in swimming at international level, winning a silver medal in the 4x100m freestyle relay at the 2014 European Junior Championships in Dordrecht, Netherlands. (sport1.de, 02 Jun 2019; worldrowing.com, 25 Feb 2019)
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He tried rowing as a teen, but did not take it up seriously until September 2016 when he asked his father to coach him. (worldrowing.com, 01 Mar 2020; fom.de. 17 Mar 2020)
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He initially tried rowing at age 15, but did not enjoy it. "After two oar strokes, I fell into the water. I knew it was not for me." He then attempted to establish a career as a swimmer. "I failed to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro [in swimming], that was a huge setback and after the Olympics my training group broke up. After that I no longer had fun swimming and decided it was no longer worth all the hard work. I then asked my father to teach me to row." (worldrowing.com, 01 Mar 2020; volksfreund.de, 11 Dec 2019; fom.de. 17 Mar 2020)
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To win a medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (sxulls.de, 01 Jan 2020)
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Winning gold in the men's single at the 2019 World Championships in Linz Ottensheim, Austria, less than three years after taking up the sport. "To move from an absolute beginner to becoming world champion in the singles, which is considered the strongest rower in the world, is of course a story that is special and nobody could have written a better script. I could never have dreamt of something like that. When I sat in the boat the first time in 2016 I tipped over and fell into the water, but luckily things turned out well." (fom.de. 17 Mar 2020)
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Norwegian rower Olaf Tufte. (worldrowing.com, 01 Mar 2020)
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In 2019 he was named Newcomer of the Year at the German Sports Personality of the Year awards. (gluecksspirale.de, 19 Dec 2019)

General Interest

General
FAMILY DYNASTY IN TOKYO
His family is hoping to have four members present in an official capacity at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, including Oliver and his father and coach Heino, as well as his sister Marie-Sophie and her coach, grandfather Hans-Johann Farber. "My father is my project partner. We started it together and will bring it to an end together. It is wonderful to have a father-son story like ours. I have brilliant individual training. It is better than if I was at the national training centre, where a coach is in charge of five single rowers. And the success has proved us right." However, he does not believe he naturally inherited his family's rowing abilities. "I don't think rowing is genetic. I have learnt from my family that you have to work hard and be serious. That is the secret to success." (sueddeutsche.de, 24 Sep 2019; zdf.de, 15 Dec 2019; Team Deutschland YouTube channel, 05 May 2019; sporthilfe.de, 04 Apr 2020)

FROM SWIMMING TO ROWING
He was a competitive swimmer in his youth and switched to rowing after failing to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. He says there are many similarities between the sports. "Athletes from both sports are used to long and hard training, so the endurance and power is comparable. Mentally, you have the ability to push yourself to the absolute limit in most of the Olympic sports including swimming and rowing. So, thinking like an athlete has helped me with hard fights in rowing too." (worldrowing.com, 01 Mar 2020)

Legend
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Gold Medal Event
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Silver Medal Event
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Bronze Medal Event
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