Team Germany

L-R: Daniel Rothballer (Skip), Frederike Manner (Third), Kevin Lehmann (Second), Nicole Muskatewitz (Lead)

The four talented young curlers representing Germany at the Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck 2012 are:

Daniel Rothballer (Skip) from Riessersee Curling Club, Frederike Manner (Third) from Baden Hills Curling Club, Kevin Lehmann (Second) from Geising, and Nicole Muskatewitz (Lead) also from Baden Hills.

The four young athletes are being coached by three-time Olympian Holger Höhne (1998, 2006, 2010) and were selected from a strong field of candidates in November.

The system of play at the Youth Olympic Games in Austria is something new to coach Höhne. In addition to a mixed team event, where the German team will compete against teams from 15 other nations there is also a ‘mixed doubles’ event . One female and one male athlete from different nations will be paired together to make a total of 32 teams for the mixed doubles event.

“I think it is an exciting innovation,” said Höhne, “because for the first time in curling individual athletes can win medals.”

“Up until the Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck our team has a busy schedule; playing the Youth Grand Prix in Garmisch 17-18 December. Then, from the 27-29 December, the team will be training in Oberstdorf. In January, three members of the team (except Daniel) will be part of the German teams taking part in the European Junior Curling Challenge in Tårnby, near Copenhagen in Denmark – to try to win the last European places at the 2012 World Junior Curling Championships in Östersund, Sweden in March."

Skip: Daniel Rothballer
Born: 14 February 1994
Lives: Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Club: SC Riessersee
Curler since: 2006
Hobbies: Skiing, golf, running
Occupation: Pupil, Q12 Gymnasium

Third: Frederike Manner
Born: 15 July 1995
Lives: Rastatt
Club: GCC Baden Hills
Curler since: 2003
Hobbies: Canoeing
Occupation: Pupil, Class 10 Gymnasium

Second: Kevin Lehmann
Born: 21 August 1995
Lives: Fürstenwalde
Club: 1 SCV Geising
Curler since: 2009
Hobbies: Cycling
Occupation: Pupil, Class 10 Gymnasium

Lead: Nicole Muskatewitz
Born: 6 August 1994
Lives: Kartung
Club: GCC Baden Hills
Curler since: 2004
Hobbies: Volleyball
Occupation: Pupil, Class 11, convent school

Coach: Holger Höhne
Born: 6 May 1970
Lives: Füssen
Club: CC Füssen
Curler since: 1987
Hobbies: cooking, photography
Occupation: Self Employed - Optician


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