Throwholics already wrote a few articles abou the European Cup Winter Throwing from last weekend. See for yourself:
Right after the competition Christian Fuchs an author of leichtathletik.de had an interview with the Olympic bronze medalist Linda Stahl. She provided Germany with a victory and cleared the qualification standard of 61m for the upcoming European Championships in Zurich, Switzerland. Within that interview Linda talked about her medical career, competition, the upcoming exams and the European Championships.
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Fuchs: Linda Stahl, congratulations on winning the European Cup Winter Throwing and EM-norm. How did you see the competition from your point of view?
Linda Stahl: The competition was very long. We were 17 throwers, of which I was the last one to throw. We have been delayed already in the Call Room. The tension increased during the waiting time a bit. Both the first and second attempt were really bad throws. And I was really glad that the third one was almost alright. Unfortunately, the tension was not as high as in the beginning anymore.
Fuchs: You cleared the qualification standard for the European Championships with your third round throw. Was that the goal for today?
Linda Stahl: We have been for 1 1/2 weeks for a training camp in Monte Gordo, Portugal. We threw quite a lot. Actually, I have currently my exams in the head, so that it was the only goal to get the qualification standard. That’s why I was happy that I could achieve my goal.
Fuchs: With what feelings did you go in the competition after training camp?
Linda Stahl: My goal was it to throw as far as possible. I knew the qualification standard should be doable. And I also knew that it has to be done today. I did not have any other thoughts at all.
Fuchs: On your Facebook Fanpage you stated that you were not completely satisfied with your technique. What is your current problem? What holds you back?
Linda Stahl: We haven’t been doing so many throws with a start, so that’s not really in my mind set yet. There are most certainly still more improvements to come within the next weeks. A competition is also something different than the training throws.
Fuchs: Coming soon you have some exams scheduled. How did you set your priorities? How are you able to get along between your exams and your training?
Linda Stahl: During the training camp I did not trained as much as the others. I’ve learned in every spare minute and often after midnight.
Fuchs: That sounds like some long and tired days….
Linda Stahl: Yes, that is true. But I had to do it. In abou three weeks it’s all over for now. Unfortunately, then the oral exams is set, which is about four to six weeks later. After that oral exam I can finally focus completely on throwing again.
Fuchs: Does this mean that after the summer you can finally concentrate on your sport career?
Linda Stahl: I do have free time until October. But I have to be careful that I do not fall into a deep hole after my exams. This can also happen to me. I’ll have to look for an alternative activity. By October I’m going to start working.
Fuchs: Is this European Championships supper a special one?
Linda Stahl: The European Championships are always special to me. I always remember the time at the 2010 European Championships in Barcelona, Spain. In Zurich I’ve always thrown very well. I like the stadium and I’m happy to throw there. Basically, I’m in a good shape. I did not have any troubles during the winder, so I think that this year can be pretty good. I hope that will happen in Zurich.
Fuchs: What goal do you have in mind?
Linda Stahl: I would like to medal at the European Championships. I also said that already before the 2013 World Championships in Moscow, Russia. Unfortunately, I only finished fourth. Neverthelesss, of couse a medal should be my goal. The way it is now, I would like to improve my personal best, maybe in even in Zurich.
With the permission of Christian Fuchs: