The German record holder off the scoreboard
The Hausding legend creates the origin
A great sporting career is coming to an end: the world champion in water jump and Olympic medalist Patrick Hausding announces his departure from the big stage. The difficulties of recent years have put a strain on his body. But a highlight is yet to come.
Former water jump world champion and Olympic flag bearer Patrick Hausding announces his retirement from competitive sports. On the fringes of the German championships in his hometown of Berlin, the 33-year-old also gave strength wear in older athletes as the reason for his decision. “I am happy with how my career has gone and how I can finish it. There is nothing better than ending your career with a highlight,” said the sports and English teacher student who is starting for the TSC of Berlin.
“My body has been through a lot. I have noticed that in recent years it has taken more and more time to get back in top shape,” said Hausding: “It is not only very demanding physically, but also mentally because the progress has come. very slowly and apart from a few months before the peak of the season, you simply haven’t reached the quality you were used to before. “
Over the course of his career, Hausding has become the most successful water jumper in the German Swimming Association (DSV). The four-time Olympic participant won silver in synchronized tower diving at the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing, three-meter bronze in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 and last year again in Tokyo, bronze in three-meter synchronized diving. axis.
“I don’t need to prove anything anymore”
“Once you’ve been at the top, you’ve always set yourself that goal because you know you can do it,” he said now: “My standards have always been very high. But I don’t have to prove anything to anyone anymore.” Hausding had indicated his departure soon after the 2021 Olympic competition in Japan. “Back then I was already thinking it would probably be my last competition,” he says. In recent months he has already stopped taking part in the courses of the national team. In the future, Hausding wants to focus on his family and his degree in English and sports.
The list of his achievements is long. In 2013 Hausding won the world title in synchronized tower diving with partner Sascha Klein in Barcelona, and the total of his 15 European Championships successes is a record. Before last year’s Olympics, he was chosen as flag bearer. Together with Olympic beach volleyball champion Laura Ludwig, the veteran led the team of the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) into the stadium during the opening ceremony in Tokyo.
The 15-time European champion will remain faithful to his sport, he just doesn’t know in what function. Hausding had ruled out being a coach before the Tokyo games, but he should “never say never”. National coach Lutz Buschkow sees a “big gap that will be torn” due to the resignations of the show jumper from Berlin and Martin Wolfram from Dresden, who the day before had announced his retirement from competitive sports: “The jumps in the water they have always been a guarantee for medals – an essential thanks to Patrick Hausding. “