Dear Throwholics Fans, I just had the great opportunity to talk to Nadine Müller, who is currently the best German discus thrower.
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Van Dijck: Are you satisfied with your 2013?
Müller: 2013 was a tough year. It started very well, winning the Winter throw-Challenge with 66,69m. Two months later I injured myself during a weight session and I could not train for two weeks. That set me back very far. I could not train as I planned to begin the season. I lost more than 5kg body weight and did not recover before Moscow, Russia. After all those issues, I think that the 4th place at the World Championship was a good result.
Van Dijck: What goals have you set for 2014?
Müller: I would like to set up a new PB (68,89/ 226′ 0″) and of course a medal at the 2014 European Championship in Zurich, Switzerland (12th – 17th of August)
Van Dijck: When did you realize you could be an essential athlete?
Müller: I do not know exactly. I was successful during my youth and juniors so I thought I might give it a shot at the senior level as well.
Van Dijck: What are your long term athletic goals?
Müller: I want to win an Olympic gold medal.
Van Dijck: What are your long term career goals?
Müller: My dream is to throw over 70m and be at the front of the field at international championships.
Van Dijck: Who do you predict will win medals at the European Championships in Zurich?
Müller: I think there are five or six women who will compete for the medals. That would Sandra Perkovic, Anna Rüh, Robert Michon, Julia Fischer, Shanice Craft and myself.
Van Dijck: Which discus throwers do you consider a good friend?
Müller: I would not designate any as a good friend, we understand and respect each other.
Van Dijck: What type of training do you prefer, weight lifting, technique training or exercises (plyometric, medicine ball throwing)?
Müller: I use most of my training time working on my technique, because even the smallest change can add me another meter.
Van Dijck: Who is your favourite discus thrower?
Müller: Athletic and personally, Franka Dietzsch, I am seriously impressed by her long term successes.
Van Dijck: Is it possible to break the discus world record? If yes, who is going to break it?
Müller: The women’s world record is over twenty-six years old. It’s hard to throw over 70m in modern times. There will be no one who could do with normal training.
Van Dijck: What type of weather do you like to practice in? or… Is there any weather you will not practice in?
Müller: Of course I prefer dry weather. However, I really do not care, you can’t control weather at the competition.
Van Dijck: What type of weather do you like to compete in?
Müller: – Like in practice, I enjoy dry weather.
Van Dijck: Where do you prefer to throw, in the stadium or outside?
Müller: If you want to win, you have to do well in each throwing ring, in the stadium or outside. So I do not prefer either, I prefer to win.
Van Dijck: Which discus do you prefer? What discus did you throw during the Olympics? Did you use the same discus all six throws? What discus do you train with?
Müller: 95% of the meets I’m going to throw my own discus, a Nelco Gold. I also threw that at Olympia, they do not let you use your own discus. The officials only provide new discs for the Olympics and throwing new discs is not always pleasant.
Van Dijck: What is your favourite way to move bars? (pulls, press, squats, twists)
Müller: I do not like weights particularly but if I would have to choose, I would say press
Van Dijck: How do crowds affect your performance?
Müller: It’s nice when thousands of people cheer, it really inspires.
Van Dijck: What type(s) of medical treatment do you receive regularly?
Müller: I like massage, but the sauna or steam are also good for the muscles.
Van Dijck: Who is coaching you right now?
Müller: Since the end of 2009 my coach is René Sack, we’re a good team.
Van Dijck: Why did you choose to go to South Africa for a training camp?
Müller: We’ve gone to SA in the past and it worked well. The March weather is great from training, especially compared to Germany. The heat is much better for the muscles than the wintery weather in Europe.
Van Dijck: Are there any other throwers to train with in South Africa?
Müller: Not only throwers. We’re a small group of girls.
(Josephine Terlecki, Sara Gambetta and Martina Strutz – Pole Vault), two coaches and one physio.
Van Dijck: Who is in your training group?
Müller: We’re colourful squad of ten people, most of them are junior athletes (under-20). Since the end of 2013, we also have two shot putters in our group.
Shot: Josephine Terlecki, Sara Gambetta
Hammer Throw:Bastian Abend, Susen Küster, Julia Tieken, Lucas Lemkau, Sophie Gounoue, Saskia Hahnel
Discus Throw: Sebastian Scheffel, Nadine Müller
Van Dijck: What types of support do you receive from your government?
Müller: The German Army and federal police are very good supporters. It is hard for individual athletes to find sponsors because are not as visible as the team sports.
Van Dijck: What are your seasons best with all implements?
Müller: 2kg: 40,40m /1,5kg: 46,40m / 1kg: no mark yet
Van Dijck: What is your favourite music, musical artist?
Müller: I enjoy any music by David Guetta, but most of all anything that has a fast beat.
Van Dijck: When did you get your 1st pair of throwing shoes? What kind were they?
Müller: I got my first pair of throwing shoes when I was 12 years old. They were Adidas, and I have remained loyal to the brand.
Van Dijck: Does anyone else in your family compete in sport?
Müller: My father threw discus, but not so successful and my mother used to play basketball and was relay runner in the Spartakiade.
Van Dijck: What do you do during your free time?
Müller: If I’m not training or compete in trainings camps or traveling to competition, then I like to do stuff around my house. I’ve lived there since 2012 and my wife and I always have something to do there. It is a great distraction from the sport.
Van Dijck: Do you have any pets?
Müller: We have two cats and six months ago we got a dog, a Labrador. .
Van Dijck: Do you use chalk?
Müller: I’m only using adhesive spray such as the hand-baller. I find have better grip than with chalk.
Van Dijck: You said you use adhesive Spray instead of chalk, does this only apply to training sessions or do you also use this in competitions?
Müller: Training and competition
Van Dijck: What do you always in the bag you bring to the competition ring?
Müller: Throw shoes Rain shoes Discus Music – and Dr.dre Beats, Water, Adhesive Spray, Red Bull, Towel, Rain jacket, Lucky charm
Van Dijck: What weighted implements do you throw?
Müller: Disc: 2kg/ 1,5kg/ 1,2kg/ 1kg/ 09,kg/ Bar: 2,5kg
Van Dijck: How many tons do you roughly move per week?
Müller: Ca. 25 tons on normal Week’s
Van Dijck: What do you think of the situation in Germany right now with 4 great discus throwers who are all able to throw the qualification standard? Are you afraid not making the team?
Müller: After Franka Dietsch retired there were few German women throwing over 60m. It’s always great that Germany is able to fill the team at the Olympics and World Championship. I like it when we can fill our spots and have to fight to make the team.
Van Dijck: Who do you think will make the team for Zurich?
Müller: Who knows? I only know it will be decided at the German Championships and the first three will compete in Zurich.
Van Dijck: Did you bring your own discus to South Africa or do you use the implements from the facility?
Müller: I always bring my own discii to SA.
Van Dijck: What has changed since your “came out” and announced your gay marriage?
Müller: Fortunately, nothing has changed, except that there is no more hiding.
Van Dijck: Are you happy that you came out?
Müller: Yes very much, I don’t have to hide from anyone anymore.
Van Dijck: Did anyone know beforehand, maybe some other throwers?
Müller: All my close family and friends knew, it was an open secret.
Van Dijck: Anything else you would like to share with Throwholics?
Müller: Keep up to date on what I’m doing on my website www.nadine-mueller.org or on Facebook. Thanks for your good questions
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