Hannes Aigner, a world champion and Olympic medalist in canoe slalom as well as a member of the Creapure® team, masters whitewater like no other – a new video shows him in his element.
Creapure® athlete Hannes Aigner had to put his dream of winning gold on ice for the time being – after a strong season at the end of last year in which he already managed to secure his ticket for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. After winning the Bronze medal in London in 2012 and coming in 4th place in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, the goal for this year was set: Olympic Gold! In the middle of his preparations, he then received the news about the postponement of the Olympic Games – regrettable but necessary in view of the global COVID-19 pandemic. After a brief phase of disillusionment, the man from Augsburg is now back on the ball and ready to be at the forefront next year as well: Since training is carried out without contact and outdoors, it can take place without major restrictions despite SARS-CoV-2.
Hannes Aigner’s home spot is the Augsburg Eiskanal. Built in the early 1970s in the run-up to the Olympic Games in Munich, the whitewater facility is the world’s first “artificial” canoe slalom stadium. It has since served as the construction model for numerous slalom courses all around the world. Aigner is also a nature lover: the most challenging passages, such as the Teufelsschlucht in the Austrian Saalachtal, are right up his alley: the deep ditches, narrow gorges and the beautiful landscape attract experienced kayakers from all over Europe. Both locations are presented in spectacular pictures in the new action clip:
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How has Hannes Aigner experienced the last few weeks with the COVID-19 pandemic and the news of the postponement of the Olympic Games? How does he see his sport’s future?
Aigner: “Despite the pandemic, not much has really changed for me, except that there are no more competitions for the time being. Since we have no contact during training and train outdoors, I was able to continue without any major restrictions. So, we got off much better in Augsburg compared to the international competition. The postponed World Cups might be made up in October, maybe there will even be a European Championship in September. But the final decisions are still pending because, it is unclear how the situation will develop.
At least as far as the Olympics are concerned, the time frame is now clear. The delay of one year is really annoying for me, because I was well prepared and it would have been only a few months until then. I have trained a lot the last few years and especially this winter, I have really put in many hours of hard work. And, of course, I have focused my whole life on it - I went ‘all in’ for the sport. It was difficult in the first few weeks to stay motivated during training. On the other hand, I was able to enjoy the time off at home. I have a nine-month-old son whom I wouldn’t have seen a lot because of the preparations for the Olympics. Most likely, nothing will change with my already earned qualification for the Olympics, at least that was the internal information from the federation. After a couple of quiet weeks, I am now fully motivated to step on the gas in training to be at the top next year.
At the moment, it is still unclear how the COVID-19 pandemic will affect the sport in the next few years. In any case, it has become difficult to make long-term plans. Unfortunately, this is currently affecting all sectors. I hope that this year, with the postponement of the Olympic Games, we will get away l with a black eye and that next year we will have a ‘normal’ season again.”
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