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Marco
Koch
GermanyGermany, GER
Male
Swimming

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
25 January 1990
Height
185 cm
Residence
Darmstadt, GER
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, German

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport at age eight.
Why this sport?
His brother was involved in swimming.
Club / Team
DSW 1912 Darmstadt: Germany
Name of coach
Alexander Kreisel [club]; Henning Lambertz [national], GER; Joshua Neuloh, GER
Training Regime
Following the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, he began focusing on increasing his strength and swimming shorter distances during training.

General Interest

Hobbies
Playing video games, listening to music, reading. (marco-koch.org, 18 Jul 2016)
Injuries
He sustained a spinal disc injury in 2011 and missed the 2011 World Championships in Shanghai, People's Republic of China. (faz.net, 25 May 2012)
Awards and honours
He was named the 2016 German Swimmer of the Year in Swimswam.com's Swammy Awards. (swimswam.com, 22 Dec 2016)

He was named the 2013 and 2014 Athlete of the Year for the state of Hesse in Germany. (hessischer-schwimm-verband.de, 29 Sep 2014; echo-online.de, 29 Sep 2014)

He was chosen as the 2008 Young Swimmer of the Year in Germany. (sueddeutsche.de, 22 Aug 2014)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (lr-online.de, 28 Jul 2017)
Other information
WEIGHT LOSS
In between the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and the 2016 World Short Course Championships in Windsor, ON, Canada, he lost 13 kilograms in weight. He had enlisted the help of former German swimmer Mark Warnecke, who has a healthy eating company named AMSports, and was put on a diet of 1500 calories a day. "It lasted a month or so. Well, the first week was terrible. Especially for those around me. However, a week was enough, my body got used to it and from that point it was easy." (fina.org, 09 Dec 2016)

HYPNOTISED
He utilises hypnosis as part of his preparation for events. "I feel better prepared and it helps me get my absolute top performances. With hypnosis, I can find out where there are still hidden problems, because you get to know your body well and I'm able to bring myself into the right flow." (swimswam.com, 02 Jul 2015)

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