If Alexander Leipold does not like something at all, then that is all - and because winning does not always work out, he has set himself the goal of becoming so strong that losing out of his vocabulary disappears. In his moving life story, he tells how he rises from the chance beginner Ringer to the winner of the Olympic Games. When he won the gold medal because of a
Losing doping suspicion, he fights until he is rehabilitated - the fight lasts ten years, but he wins. When he wants to be Olympic champion again, he suffers three strokes. But Alexander does not give up - he also defeats this life threat and wins wrestling again.
He becomes national coach, Let's dance dancer, "The Perfect Celebrity Dinner" winner, champion of the year - but above all, Alexander Leipold will be an ambassador for all people: Never give up, there are always new, achievable goals. Because: who does not fight, has already lost.
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www.alexander-leipold.de / Alexander Leipold is one of the most successful wrestlers in the world with his numerous world, European and German championship titles as well as his victory at the Olympic Games in Sydney 2000. But not only in sports, he was rewarded for his combative commitment and determination, even in private life, he was able to successfully overcome the toughest challenges. In 2003, Alexander fell ill with a virus in a training camp in Uzbekistan. Due to the overreaction of his immune system, he suffered three strokes within a week, was paralyzed on one side, could no longer speak and barely swallowed. Together with the doctors began here his hardest fight, the fight back to life. And that became his biggest victory. Within a year, he had recovered almost completely physically and was already back on the wrestler mat - and only thanks to his mental strength and stamina. He proved that he had returned to the top of the world in 2005 by winning the Masters title. After the time as an active competitive athlete, Alexander decided to expand his practical knowledge of the sporty theory and completed his studies as a certified trainer. From then on, his focus was on the education and training of the next generations of Ringer, which led in the final consequence to the fact that he took over in 2005 the post of national coach of freestyle wrestlers (initially the youth, from 2009 the men) and into the year 2012 also successfully fulfilled. Alexander also cuts a fine figure on unfamiliar terrain, as he proved on the RTL show "Let's dance" in 2014, when he ventured out on the mirror-smooth dance floor. Meanwhile, he is a frequent speaker of his motivational speech "who does not fight, has already lost - believe in you." As well as at events as an ambassador of the "Foundation German Stroke Help" and as part of his participation in the coaching program "Feel your limit" , On 25.02.2013 he was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit on the ribbon of the Federal Republic of Germany for his performance as a sporty role model as well as his great honorary commitment.
Hans-Peter Breunig, born in 1953, worked as an editor both professionally and privately with all facets of the sport. Alexander Leipold, the football manager of a second division women's football team, has a longstanding friendship. The chairman of a Fördergemeinschaft für Leistungssport was, as a longtime observer of the Ringer Bundesliga, happy to write down the moving story of the man and the athlete Alexander Leipold.
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