Updated on February 11, 2019, 5.48 pm
Grieving for rowers Maximilian Reinelt: The German Olympic champion of 2012 died at the age of only 30 years. This was confirmed by his former team.
Maximilian Reinelt, the German Olympic rowing champion from London, died on Sunday at 30 in St. Moritz, Switzerland. This was announced on Monday by the German team Deutschlandachter. The cause of death is not yet known.
According to reports in the media, Reinelt would not have died as a result of an accident. For example, "Bild.de" and the news portal "tz", referring to the cantonal police of Graubünden, write about a "medical cause".
A spokeswoman for the police also confirmed the "tz" that 30-year-old should have been cross-country skiing at the time of death. Initially it was said that he died while skiing.
Born in Ulm, he was Olympic champion in London in 2012 and took silver in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro. He is twice world champion and five times European champion.
Reinelt ended his professional career in 2016
The doctor ended his career after the matches in Brazil. "He was primarily a friend, someone we could rely on, not only in training and competition, but throughout our lives", wrote the German specialist in the statement.
Siegfried Kaidel, the chairman of the German Rowing Association, said: "Even after his retirement, he was very committed to rowing, and his surprise and early death makes me infinitely sad."
In the coming week Reinelt wanted to guide the U23 team as a team doctor in training camp to Mequinenza (Spain). (Mwo / THP / dpa)