what actually does...?: From the Olympics to your own practice: Helge Meeuw on his swimming career

You are now an internist.

what actually does...?: From the Olympics to your own practice: Helge Meeuw on his swimming career

You are now an internist. Do you still have time to go swimming regularly?No. To be honest, I don't really like swimming anymore. It still works well, but I'm very fixated on numbers and can't stop looking at the clock as an old habit. Every time I do this, I realize how much my pace has dropped compared to before. This is frustrating. That's why I'd rather go jogging today.

Her parents Folkert Meeuw and Jutta Weber were both also very successful swimmers and Olympians. At what age did you realize you were faster than everyone else? Like any little boy, I wanted to be a footballer, but I just wasn't good enough. I also went to swimming training once a week. Without much preparation, I became national champion in my age group at the age of eleven. When I was 15, I won the German Championships in my year three times, and in the next two years I won seven gold medals each.

Did your parents force this, put pressure on you?

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