“Since I’ve started racing triathlons, the EBERL Chiemsee Triathlon has always had a place in my calendar and my heart,” wrote Leopold Grimm in his application for the “CST rookie speaker”. In the end, he got the job out of multiple applicants. For him, it means two days of cheering and talking on the bike course. On the 29th and 30th of June he will be the speaker on the balcony of the ice cream parlor Chieming – the spot where the most bike-action happens. We talked to him.
What made you decide to join our team as a speaker?
A Facebook post. I watched the video and at first scrolled right on. In the evening, I started to considder to apply for the job. I sent out my application the next day.
What fascinates you about the job as a speaker and why do you think you are the perfect cast for the post at the bike course?
The versatility of a good speaker fascinates me: He’s informative, humorous, emotional. Additionally it’s the interaction with the audience that’s special at a triathlon. I hope I succeed and carry the audience!
I’ve been told the presenters spot at the bike course is the spot for the best ice cream in the whole Chiemgau region. So I guess securing a place at the source is a good choice (laughs). I’m the perfect cast because I like to talk. Now, someone who talks a lot does not necessarily have many listeners! Apparently my friends like what I tell. In fact, I often take fewer stories to tell. Then I get told, “Leo, please tell a story”.
Which moment are you especially looking forward to?
Definitely toward experiencing the swim start. I get goosebumps all over, even thinking about it! And getting handed over the microphone – I really hope you do not want to take it away from me at some point…
How do you prepare for the job as a speaker?
Currently I am preparing for my Master exams. I will probably put aside the literature and inform myself about the Pros and sponsors at the race. Presumably, I will practice with a banana in my hand, running through the apartment and announcing world class athletes.
In 2015 you raced your first triathlon in Chieming. Since then you’ve been racing here every year and in 2017 you even finished seventh on the olympic distance. How does somebody living 250km away, find his way to the Chiemsee and what do you particularly like about the race?
I started doing triathlon with a friend – it actually was a spontaneous idea. We both prefer the mountains to the sea. It quickly became clear that a race near the Alps would be great. So our research lead us to the EBERL Chiemsee Triathlon. The Alpine panorama, the cows, the great location, the restaurant near the lake – we were just stunned. We almost forgot the upcoming competition. On the way home, we decided that the race should be our race in later years, too. The location and the bike course are great for a triathlon. Despite the competition, it feels like a weekend of recovery.
We’re looking forward to having you in our team!