Jeannine Gmelin


Keynote Speaker

Communicate with people

"Most people thought I was too small for the top of the rowing world. Then I became European champion, overall World Cup winner and world champion.

I experienced what it means to get to the top with less than ideal conditions."


Life Coach

Personal development

The foundation of my athletic success lay in the constant examination of my self and my very personal values. My deeply rooted convictions influenced my thoughts, actions and decisions. They helped me to row to the top of the world even in very challenging phases and to be the most consistent rower globally over several years.

I experienced what it means to endure adversity and to always bring out the best in myself.


Creative soul

Passion for creating and making

Even as a young girl, I noticed that I can be inspired very quickly by the world around me. In teams with other people, in nature, traveling and discovering other cultures - all breeding grounds for new ways of thinking and new possibilities.

I have experienced how valuable the process of creating can be and have learned to look at everything from different angles and find unconventional solutions.



Physical activity is part of my DNA

Physical activity on land or sea is probably part of my DNA after twenty years. I like to pass on my understanding of my own body, the effects of nutrition and recovery, and my backpack of knowledge from more than a decade in professional sports to individuals or small groups.

I have experienced how sport - and rowing in particular - inspires the body, the mind and the soul.

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My rowing world

The start
2000 metres of pure adrenaline

2000 metres, just under seven and a half minutes. Perceived from the shore as an elegant glide in a single. For me, it means 250 strokes of full concentration and power that take me to the limit of what I can bear. When the start light changes from red to green, it's just me and my boat.

The first 1000 metres - half-time

The first quarter of the course - maximum pulse: 200 beats per minute - the lungs are burning, lactate pain - like pricking needles - sets in. The voice that wants to tempt me to give in to the pain gets louder and louder inside me. I have to block it out - drive the boat stroke by stroke towards the finish. Focus on the moment, on my breath. 70% leg work, 20% torso work, 10% arm work. The end is approaching and the stroke rate now increases from just over 30 to almost 40 strokes per minute. Then. . . .

2000 metres and at the finish

. . . the liberating target horn. At first paralysed by pain, it takes me a few minutes to regain my senses and move at all. Rowing was once a hobby, then a passion, and now it's my profession.

Growing up with my three siblings in Uster, the town on the water in the Zurich Oberland, the Greifensee was my second home. Today, my home is wherever I can experience that indescribably light feeling of gliding across the water.

"Attention go" - Goal: Paris 2024

The search for the perfect stroke is endless. It drives me, you could almost say I'm obsessed with it. The interplay of endurance, strength, technique and mental skills is unique for me and is what makes this sport so fascinating: Waiting in the starting blocks for the "Attention - go", the tension that surrounds me, knowing the many pains I am about to go into. The curiosity to see how well I will manage to call off my race plan from the first to the last beat. And then, right before the starting gun, the great gratitude of being able to show what I work hard for every day, with a lot of passion and without compromise. The road to the top is challenging. Indispensable at all levels: Commitment, heart and soul and iron will. Inevitable: Ups and downs. But the long-term goal is clear: a medal at the upcoming Olympic Games in Paris 2024.

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