German record holder off the chart
Legende Hausding takes the plunge
A great sporting career is coming to an end: water jump world champion and Olympic medalist Patrick Hausding announces his departure from the big stage. The hardships of the past few years have taken their toll on his body. But a climax is yet to come.
Former world water jumping champion and Olympic flag bearer Patrick Hausding announces his retirement from competitive sports. On the sidelines of the German championships in his home city of Berlin, the 33-year-old also cited the wear and tear of older athletes as a reason for his decision. “I’m happy with how my career has gone and how I can end it. There’s nothing better than ending your career with a highlight,” the student teacher said. of sports and English which begins for the TSC of Berlin.
“My body has been through a lot. I’ve noticed that over the last few years it’s taken longer and longer to be in top shape,” Hausding said: “It’s not only very physically demanding, but also mentally because progress has come very slowly and apart from a few months before the peak of the season, you just haven’t reached the quality you were used to.”
During his career, Hausding became the most successful water jumper in the German Swimming Association (DSV). The four-time Olympic participant won silver in synchronized diving from the tower at the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing, bronze in the three-meter springboard in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 and last year in Tokyo again bronze in synchronized diving from the three-metre springboard. plank.
“I don’t need to prove anything anymore”
“Once you’ve been at the top you always set that goal because you know you can do it,” he said now: “My own standards have always been very high. nothing to prove to anyone anymore.” Hausding had indicated his departure immediately after the 2021 Olympic competition in Japan. “I already thought at the time that it would probably be my last competition,” he said. For a few months, he has already stopped participating in the training courses of the national team. In the future, Hausding wants to focus on her family and her English and sports teaching qualifications.
The list of his accomplishments is long. In 2013, Hausding won the synchronized diving world title from the tower with his partner Sascha Klein in Barcelona, and his total of 15 successes in the European championships is a record. Before the Olympics last year, he was chosen to be the flag bearer. Along with Olympic beach volleyball champion Laura Ludwig, the veteran led the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) team into the stadium at the opening ceremony in Tokyo.
The 15 times European champion will remain faithful to his sport, he just does not know in what function. Hausding had ruled out coaching ahead of the Tokyo games, but ‘never say never’. National coach Lutz Buschkow sees this as a “big gap that will grow” due to the resignation of jumper from Berlin and Dresden Martin Wolfram, who announced his retirement from active competitive sport the day before: “Water jumpers have always been a guarantee for medals – indispensable thanks to Patrick Hausding.”