Athlete Portrait: Christina Schwanitz
20 Apr 2017
“An athlete, who is incredibly grateful for being where she is. Who enjoys being able to be where she is. Who has worked hard to be where she is. Who has fun at competitions and gives 100% or even more to show everyone the best performance of her life.
Generally speaking, I really like the fact that the audience seems to realise that shot put is not just shot put but also high-performance sports. No matter whether men’s or women’s shot put. What I do not like, is the conception of athlete’s bodies in many people’s minds.
Us shot-putters are a bit farther away from the ideal 90-60-90. I can offer these measurements for one leg, however, not for the entire body. That is the problem.
I believe it would be better, if everyone valued the fact, that we need these types of bodies to perform our sports. On the one hand, we are high-performance athletes. On the other hand, we are normal young women, putting on make-up, going out and wearing skirts.”
Helge Schwarzer-United KingdomHelge.firstname.lastname@example.org