Brodowski went on to set the world record
for the 13– 18 year old age group: 5:47.0. The
record was set in 2003 and still holds today.
But there’s more to the man from the small
town of Neuruppin in South-East Germany.
Brodowski is a junior world silver medallist,
an under 23 World Champion and part of the
German men’s quad that last year qualified
the boat for the Beijing Olympic Games.
“Except maybe into doing less every now
When Brodowski is not rowing, he is bike
racing, running or weight training. It comes
as no surprise then that he admires Norway’s
hard man of rowing, single sculler Olaf Tufte.
“I saw his victory in the 2004 Olympics live,” says
Brodowski. “I have a similar training philosophy.”
Karsten Brodowski of Germany
celebrates his under 23
World Champion title in the
men’s single at the 2006
World Rowing Under 23
Championships in Hazewinkel,
Brodowski took up rowing when he was
12 after being spotted by a coach from the
famous Potsdam training centre. Up until
then Brodowski had been playing football
but he realised the sport did not offer many
chances to be successful. Rowing was the
The German has also made his mark as a
single sculler scoring an under 23 World
Champion title as well as finishing third in
the single at German trials twice. Brodowski
also has a penchant for longer racing and
currently sits right behind Rob Waddell with
the unofficial second fastest time for 5000m
on the ergometer: 15:02 with 1:30.2/500m
splits. He has also won the 6000m trials race
in Germany several times.
“I had the choice of either being an ordinary
teenager or of doing something that
challenges me strongly,” Brodowski explains.
Brodowski will have to wait until late April
to find out if he is selected for the Olympic
team, but he has every intention of moving
from spectator to competitor in this arena.
Placed in a sports school, Brodowski thrived
on the hard physical sessions. “The first years
in rowing proved to be very strenuous and
were not that much fun. A lot of friends left
the [sports] school very quickly. Eight to 10 This for Brodowski, however, is just the
training sessions [per week] are not easy for beginning. Planning a post-rowing life is still
a 13-year-old.” Brodowski admits that if his too far in the distance to even consider it.
coach Dieter Oehm, were to describe him “Every year poses new challenges and there
he would say that he maybe has a tendency are a lot of other things besides sports. But
to do too much. “I think I’m someone that at the moment I am having too much fun to
the coach does not have to force into be able to say when I will finish. Why not still
anything.” Brodowski pauses for a second, be rowing in 10 years?”
Now at the Technische Fachhochschule
Berlin, a university that is known throughout
Germany for supporting athletes, Brodowski
uses any spare time to study engineering. But
currently, with the Olympics looming, he will
concentrate full time on rowing.
Now 22, Brodowski’s personal best for 2000m
on the ergometer is 5:40, just three seconds
off the world record.
To discover more about Brodowski visit his
website: www.karsten.4sports.de ■ M.S.B.