As Raphael Holzdeppe looks ahead to the multisport European Championships this August in Berlin and Glasgow, the pole vaulting great does so brimming with confidence.
The 28-year-old German was a bronze medallist at the 2012 European Championships, a feat he would repeat again at the London 2012 Olympic Games, before going on to become World Champion in 2013 and runner up two years later.
Since then, however, Holzdeppe has finished just outside of the medal count in events around the globe. He is aiming to return to the podium in Berlin and credits sport for giving him the mindset and inner strength necessary to get there.
“Back in my school days, I used to be very shy. Then sports showed me that there is no reason to be shy and that it is okay to be proud of your personal achievements,” Holzdeppe says. “This is something sports can show you. You have to be self-confident and proud of what you achieve. Regardless of whether this is in sports or in any other job, it is crucial to be proud of what you are doing. And this has nothing to do with arrogance – I don’t like arrogance – but you can still be proud of what you have achieved.”
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The European Championships is a major new multisport event taking place every four years, supported by Europe’s free-to-air broadcasters, which aggregates the existing senior continental championships of Athletics (European Athletics), Aquatics (LEN), Cycling (UEC), Gymnastics (UEG), Rowing (FISA), Triathlon (ETU), with a new Golf Team Championships (ET & LET) – all unified under a common brand.
The world-class sporting and cultural cities of Glasgow and Berlin will host the first edition of the Championships 2-12 August 2018, and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) already has agreements with almost 40 broadcasters worldwide to cover the event. There will be up to 300 hours of programming across television, radio and online, free to air in all the main markets, with an anticipated 2,700 hours of television coverage across the Championships.
The vision for the event is to create a must-watch, must-attend experience that elevates the Champions of Europe during an 11-day celebration of sport and packed 10-day broadcast schedule backed by free-to-air television through EBU.