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Marco
Koch
GermanyGermany, GER
Swimming

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
25 January 1990
Height
185 cm
Family
Partner Reva Foos
Residence
Frankfurt am Main, GER
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, German
Higher education
Economics, Psychology - SRH Fernhochschule - The Mobile University: Riedlingen, GER

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
SG Frankfurt: Germany
Name of coach
Shila Sheth [club], GER, from 2018; Henning Lambertz [national], GER

General Interest

Hobbies
Playing video games, listening to music, reading. (marco-koch.org, 20 Jan 2018)
Injuries
He sustained a spinal disc injury in 2011 and missed that year's world championships in Shanghai, People's Republic of China. (faz.net, 25 May 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I'm in my comfort zone in the water as swimming is my passion. I enjoy every second. The water unfolds my full potential. It carries and leads me. Water gives me a great feeling." (marco-koch.org, 20 Jan 2018)
Awards and honours
He was named the 2016 Swimmer of the Year in Germany. (hessischer-schwimm-verband.de, 20 Jun 2016)

He was named the 2013, 2014 and 2015 Athlete of the Year in the state of Hessen in Germany. (echo-online.de, 12 Oct 2015; 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)
Famous relatives
His partner Reva Foos has represented Germany in swimming, and won a bronze medal in the women's 4x200m freestyle relay at the 2018 European Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. (SportsDeskOnline, 15 Aug 2018; swim.de, 07 Aug 2018; hessenschau.de, 20 Jul 2018)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (lr-online.de, 28 Jul 2017)
Other information
TOKYO PREPARATIONS
In September 2018 he decided to relocate his training base from Darmstadt to Frankfurt ahead of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. "I have to thank the entire DSW 1912 Darmstadt club, who have cared for us for so many years [since 2001] and provided incredible support. We took a lot of time to make that decision." (dsv.de, 11 Sep 2018; swimswam.com, 11 Sep 2018; swimmingworldmagazine.com, 23 Jul 2018)

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)

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