Maximilian Reinelt, German Olympic winner in rowing, died during a ski trip in Switzerland on Sunday. He was only 30 years old.
For many years, Reinelt was a regular feature of Germany’s eight who won Olympic gold in London in 2012 and silver in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. He also had two World Cup gold and several European Championship titles.
– His surprising and premature death makes me endlessly sad. His friendly nature impressed everyone who knew him, says President Siegfried Kaidel of the German Confederation.
After completing his career, Reinelt completed the medical studies, and was recently hired as a doctor for Germany’s U23 national team.
He died during a ski trip near St. Moritz on Sunday. The cause of death has not yet been clarified.
IOC President Thomas Bach, who himself was an Olympic rower, calls Reinelt “one of the great practitioners of German rosport”.
– He was a very sympathetic person who managed to combine elite sports with medical studies.