Every four years Olympic Games They give us moments that are immortalized in the history of sport. In Beijing 2008 Matthias steiner he broke all odds and won the gold medal in weightlifting, inspired by the promise he made to his wife before he died.
Steiner was born on August 25, 1982 in Obersulz, Austria. Since he was little he showed a fondness for soccer and tennis, but hee fell in love with weightlifting thanks to his father, Friedrich Steiner, who practiced this sport.
At 18 he was diagnosed with diabetes, which conditioned his career in sports. Despite this, he qualified for the 2004 Athens Games and finished in seventh position.
During his preparation for the next Olympics, Steiner met his German-born wife Susan. Soon after they got married and decided to go live in Germany, so the athlete requested nationality to represent the country of his beloved.
While complying with the nationality procedure, Steiner was banned from competing in international tournaments, so between 2006 and 2007 he only participated in the German Weightlifting League.
Steiner was focused on the upcoming summer joust when his partner was killed in a car accident. “I got to the hospital and they said they did everything they could. The doctor solemnly said ‘your wife died’. I didn’t know what to do, I didn’t understand anything“said the weightlifter in the program Legends Live On from Olympics Channel.
A ‘golden’ promise
Devastated and angry at the loss of his wife, he abandoned his training for the Olympics. After three weeks away, his coach called him and told him that if he wanted to win a medal, he had to come back.
“Lifting weights again, I saw that the more I trained the less depressed I was. I was so mad that I could wipe out the whole world“he recalled.
With all the anger accumulated in his heart, Steiner promised to win the gold medal and dedicate it to a couple in front of millions of spectators.
Summer came and the 2008 Beijing Olympics began. Also want to overcome your Athens 2004 brandSteiner had a clear goal: to win the medal for Susan.
On his first attempt he lifted 198 kilos, three less than his best record at the time. However, in the next phase he could not carry 207 kilos, which ruled him out in the fight for the medal.
Seeing that the other competitors were able to lift more than him, on the third attempt he set out to load 247 kilos. Surprisingly, he surpassed his mark and was about to win, but the Russian Evgeny Chigishev raised 250.
Spectators assumed the Russian would win, however Steiner added eight kilos to the barbell to Chigishev’s weightHe lifted them up and hung the gold around his neck. “Susi, I won for both of them at the Games Olympics“, he told himself during the award ceremony.
After fulfilling his promise, Steiner continued in weightlifting for a few more years, but in London 2012 he retired from the sport. She overcame diabetes and is now dedicated to nutrition and lectures to educate people about her eating habits. Also, given his love of music, he released two pop music albums.