World against the "Heroes" of childhood surfing: Glatzer lives dream

14:34  22 july  2021
14:34  22 july  2021 Source:   kicker.de

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Leon Glatzer dreams of his Olympic premiere even from the big coup. "Now I hope I get gold in Tokyo," says the surfers who act as the only German at the games debut of his sport.

Surfer Leon Glatzer bei einer Trainingseinheit in Ichinomiya. © David Goldman / AP / DPA Surfer Leon Glatzer at a training session in Ichinomiya.

fear of big name does not have the 24-year-old. "I feel very busy right now," he says. Glatzer radiates self-confidence, coolness and enthusiasm. Smiling, he posing in front of the Olympic rings, published pictures from the Olympic village and exercises at still small waves at Tsurigasaki Surfing Beach.

DWV: «Historic moment»

There, the competitions should begin this Sunday, unless the natural conditions allow. Got that Glatzer is then, a sensation comes the same. Germany is not exactly a surf stronghold. The Championship Tour of the world's best surfaces has been taking place for years without the participation of surfers from the Federal Republic.

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"This is a historic moment for all surfers and surfers in Germany, the Leon laid us into the cradle," says the President of the German Wave Riding Association (DWV), Philipp Kuretzky. According to Glatzer's qualification at the "World Surfing Games" in El Salvador in early June, he "only helped. I did not come out of howling anymore - so hammer-so I find that. " At the DWV, which sees itself as a kind of start-up under the associations, you've never believed in it, "that we are even included in the German Olympic Sports Association," says Kuretzky.

The Olympic Status provides Glatzer not only unforgettable moments in Japan, but also other ambitious German surfers better conditions. "He has changed my life and that completely changed by many athletes," says Glatzer. Funded by DWV, the German sports aid and the Federal Ministry of the Interior (BMI), the athletes are more professional, are financially supported in flights to competitions and can fall back on a sports psychologist.

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has learned Glatzer not surfing in Germany. The son of German parents was born in Hawaii and grew up in a small village in Costa Rica. There, in "Paradise," he still lives if he just does not travel. "There is nothing, just a good wave," says Glatzer.

"I have watched as a child»

in the qualification he attached DIN-A4 leaves with motivation notes on the hotel wall. "You can do it," stood on one. "I am Leon Glatzer, I am the best surfer in the world» on another. "Every time I woke up, I have seen the notes, and every time I went to bed, they were the last thing I've seen," Glatzer is quoted by the Olympic Information Service (OIS).

At Olympia, he now meets the very large surfstars in the field of 20 starters. "Gabriel Medina and John John Florence are my heroes," says Glatzer. The Brazilian Medina won 2014 and 2018 the Championship Tour, US-American Florence secured the title in 2016 and 2017. "I have already watched them as a child," explains Glatzer. The two also count on Olympia to favorites. In contrast to Glatzer, who can not take his optimism.

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