Thomas Keller Nominations: Thomas Ebert [Denmark]

 

Thomas, congratulations on a well-deserved nomination. What was your immediate reaction?

It couldn’t be better! I’m flattered, and now I’ve just got my fingers crossed for May. I know that all of the candidates are extremely successful, so it’ll be a tough ask.

All of the other candidates come from either the USA, New Zealand or Great Britain – it must be great to get Denmark’s name up there?

Absolutely. I finished my elite career quite a few years ago and accepted that I wasn’t an active athlete anymore, so it’s great to be recognised in this manner. Naturally, I’m delighted I can represent my country in such a prestigious competition and it’s a great way to sign off my career.

You’ve obviously won double Olympic gold, so how does this nomination rank alongside that?

I wouldn’t rank it – I’m just honoured. Throughout my training, I was motivated by the thought of winning an Olympic gold medal. This is just a wonderful bonus, but it never crossed my mind during my racing career. Now that I have the nomination, I probably recognise a little more just how important it is though.

In Denmark, we have a special clap on your shoulder – it means your achievements have been recognised from the outside

How are you currently involved in the sport?

After Beijing, I met my wife and we moved in together pretty fast. That meant the end of my career. I also had my age and an impending job to consider. I’m a board member of the Danish Rowing Federation, and that’s a great way for me to stay engaged with the sport. I can share and contribute to the sport and our countries relationship with rowing. It’s also a great way to give back what has been granted to me; I was taken care of as an athlete, so I enjoy doing the same for others now.

Photo credit – http://www.firmaidraet.dk/foreningsnet/nyheder/thomas-ebert-extreme-mandehoerm-vaekker-vinderinstinktet

Tom Morgan

Previous editor of Row360, publisher of Junior Rowing News, freelance writer for the Daily Telegraph, the Huffington Post, Vital Football and others. Student at the University of Southampton.

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