Interviewed by

Uwe Ritzer, Cologne

A sweltering hot summer day in a small community near Cologne. Ulrike invited Nasse-Meyfarth to her home for the interview. She was just 16 years old when she sensationally won gold in the high jump as an outsider at the Olympic Games in Munich 50 years ago. After that, her career took a rollercoaster ride. Injuries, athletically and personally difficult times followed, in which the sports press often attacked the young athlete. But Meyfarth got up again and again and made one of the most brilliant comebacks in sports history. In 1984, the four-time “Sportswoman of the Year” won Olympic gold again in Los Angeles. In a shady seating area in the garden, she talks about all of this and about earning money in athletics. She also serves homemade potato salad with sausages.

By Chavez

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