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In everyday life, she works out with her husband Phil. But at the World Rowing Masters Regatta in Ottensheim (September 2021) she joins US Americans and Canadians in the quadruple sculls. Inge Stekl, teacher in Linz, loves the international flair in the boat. Around twenty years ago, the Olympian of 1984 and finalist of the 1986 World Rowing Championships in the Women's Double Sculls took a year off and went to Chicago. There, she met her present husband Phil and stayed - for 12 years. "If you move somewhere you do not know anybody, it is easy to connect with people by joining a rowing club", tells the Carinthian who started rowing at the age of 14 at the "Millstättersee". "This sport connects - when I was a kid with friends from school and today with experienced rowers from the US or Canada. We practice throughout the entire year - all by ourselves. At competitions we meet and row as a team." Inge works out 5 times a week: "It is an intense activity. It slows me down and releases stress." In October 2019, she won the Women's Double Sculls in her age category with her American team mate Fran Tuite at the world's biggest rowing regatta, the Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston (USA).

Aiming at many medals in Ottensheim

For the World Rowing Masters Regatta in Ottensheim in September 2021, she has got similar goals: "I would like to win as many races as possible together with my team mates and husband (mixed races, comment)." Even after her career as competitive athlete, Inge is still very ambitious: "You can always improve in rowing." High standards seem to run in her family. Husband Phil won an Olympic silver medal in the Men's Four for the USA in 1984 and their son Gabriel is part of the Austrian National Team (ÖRV). The entire family knows the regatta venue of last year's World Rowing Championships in Ottensheim well: "The course is perfect to train - there are no motor boats, sailing boats, swimmer or water skiers around. We can row at any time and without constantly having to turn around."