Focus on gymnasts – Worlds-Medals “Made in Baden-Württemberg“
13.09.2019 11:54 Uhr
Just a few weeks before the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships Stuttgart 2019 (4 – 13 October), the winning medals have seen the light of day. The organizing Swabian Gymnastics Federation attached great importance to bringing in the know-how of the region. The project medals “Made in Baden-Württemberg” therefore attracted a lot of celebrities at its premiere. In addition to Minister President Winfried Kretschmann, STB President Wolfgang Drexler, Olympic Champion Fabian Hambüchen and german national team gymnast Elisabeth Seitz, many high-ranking representatives came to Weinstadt near Stuttgart, where the medals were created and produced.
“Just as every great achievement and every victory is something special, so should the medals be awarded to the victorious athletes. The medals express the momentum and movement of gymnastics very clearly and as a joint product of medium-sized, innovative and successful companies they carry a lot of Baden-Württemberg‘s know-how. The company Bernd Kussmaul, the State Mints of Baden-Wuerttemberg and the ribbon weaving mill Bauer, which provided the medals with a sustainable ribbon, stand together with the other participating companies exemplarily for the efficiency of our state. I hope that our gymnasts will be able to take these wonderful medals home with them and look forward to the competitions in Stuttgart”
Wolfgang Drexler, President of the Swabian Gymnastics Federation, which organizes the Gymnastics World Championships together with the German Gymnastics Federation, said: “From the very beginning, we have declared our goal of organizing one of the best Artistic Gymnastics World Championships of all time. The gymnasts will be at the center of attention. Many members of the Gymnastics Team Germany prepare in our training base. It quickly became clear to us that we also wanted to honor this achievement at the award ceremony. From my point of view, this is the best medal that has ever been won at a Artistic Gymnastics World Championship, and in addition with know-how from the state of Baden-Württemberg. What can be a greater incentive for our gymnasts to secure such a medal at home?”
Bernd Kussmaul, who was responsible for the production of the medal with his factory in Weinstadt, was pleased with the many words of praise: “The development process of the medals has a lot in common with the long and intensive preparation of the gymnasts. We are united by discipline, effort, passion and emotion. In production we have mastered many technical challenges. For example, embossing in the air. This has never happened before. But now we have achieved a real wow effect: The medal lives and is dynamic. It has a different appearance from every angle. This is also something very special for us and I can say: the medal fever has broken out in us for a long time”.
Elisabeth Seitz was impressed: “I was involved in the development process myself and have already won some medals in my career. What the people involved have created here is truly extraordinary. This shows how much heart and soul goes into the Worlds in Stuttgart. This also goes down well with us gymnasts and gives us tailwind for the preparation.”
Olympic high bar champion Fabian Hambüchen celebrated a premiere thanks to the 2019 medals: “I’ve already experienced virtually everything there is to experience in gymnastics. But the fact that I was able to personally shape a Worlds medal this morning is also new for me. That was also an absolutely emotional experience for me, which again confirmed me: A medal is always much more than a piece of metal. You work so long, so hard for it. And the medal in Stuttgart does 100 percent justice to this commitment”.