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Sonja Kesselschläger
  • November 25th, 2005

Sonja Kesselschläger

Sonja Kesselschläger is an athlete which possess many individual qualities thus her entry in the Pentathlon. She has progress well over the years and is making breakthroughs yearly. We talked to this German athlete

Date of Birth: 20 Jan 1978

Height: 1.78m

Weight: 64kg

Personal Best: 100mH 13.34s, Highjump 1.85m, Shotput 14.53m, 200m 24.52s, Long jump 6.42m, Javelin 46.06m, 800m 2:11.95 min

  1. You competed at World Championships 2005 in Helsinki. How do you think you did in your event. What was your goal before going into the World Champ, and did you fulfill your expectations?

    My goal before was to the beat 6300 points and get a good position (under the top 10). I could not beat the 6300 points. But the position in the end was ok. Before Helsinki I was in the world ranking list on position 12th. So I performed two placed better than the world ranking. This 10th place is very important to get the full economic support from the state Germany in the next 2 years.

  2. You were part of Team Germany in Olympics 2004. Can you share with us the experience being there in Athens? How does it feel to be part of history

    Hmmm. I don’t think that I’m a part of the history. I was only a member of the Olympic Games. But this was my greatest event in my life. And for me the greatest is my 6th place. So everybody will say: See, this girl was on the 6th place by the Games. That’s a good feeling to be acknowledged

  3. How did you get started in Pentathlon or Track&Field

    I started in East-Germany when I was 6 years old. Around here, it’s normal in school for every child to participate something in the afternoon, to be in a sport club or somewhere else to make your hobby. My older brother took up athletics, so I followed in his steps and joined athletics with twice training in a week after school.

  4. You are currently Germany’s number one in Pentathlon, how does it feel to have the pressure and expectation of your country on your shoulder. How do you handle the pressure and media?

    Oh, this pressure is not so high. The reason is, that we have in my sport club more famous members. For example we have Franka Dietzsch (World Champion – Discus in Helsinki) and Ralf Bartels (Bronze – Shot put in Helsinki). And Heptathlon/Pentathlon at the moment not so famous in Germany. Most people are interested in the men’s Decathlon. So it’s not a big pressure for me.

  5. In your event, Pentathlon, you have to be good at various disciplines. So how do you balance your training with so many various events to Train

    The balance is made by my coach. He has 30 years of coaching under his belt. He formerly took part in 4 Olympic Games and numerous previous World Championships, so he’s way qualified. His athletes won a couple of international medals. To me, he is really one of the best coaches in the world and I’m lucky to be coached by him. I think he is on the level with famous Coach Bob Kersee from the USA.

  6. Can you tell us what kind of training do you do let’s say in a week. How about nutrition and recovery, can you share with us about these

    I have 11 times per week training: every day in the morning and in the afternoon. Only on Sunday I have a free day. We train every day different disciplines. For example: I train high jump in one session for a half hour and then shot put for a half hour. I need 30 min before to make warm up and 15 min after the session to cool down. So, one session needs nearly two hours. Between the daily sessions I often go to physiotherapy (or sometimes – like in this year to often – I have to go to a doctor). But we never train high jump and long jump or shot put and javelin together. And if it’s possible I sleep every day one hour in the noontime.

  7. What is your goal for this year. Are you training for Olympics 2008, Beijing?

    This year is over now. In September I’ll be on vacation in Norway. I like to do trekking during this time across the great Scandinavian nature. In October I have to go to the German Army (Bundeswehr). I’m a sport soldier. I get some income from the army, to support myself with this sport. And a couple of times per year I have to train what a soldier has to do, like regimental & drilling stuff. But I never have to go in a really war. Most German medallist in the last Olympic Games are sports soldiers, like me. In my opinion, in Germany, at the moment, this is the only way an athlete can train professionally, as the Army will support you

    Yes, I’m training for the Olympics in Beijing. And I hope so, that I’m good enough to get the qualification and I’m one of the best three German girls (For example: In this year we were 5 girls who jumped over the qualification border for the WC in Helsinki but we had only 3 starting places). And my dream is to finish with my carrier in 2009 as a member of the German team in the World Championships in our own country – in Berlin

  8. Any advise for young athletes and your fans in Asia

    Never give up! There is one moment in your life when you will be the winner. I send greetings from Germany and say sorry for the bad English.

Thank you Sonja for your participation


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