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Alexandra WENK
Sport Swimming
NOC Germany   
GenderWomen
Born07 Feb 1995 in Munich, GER
Height1.80 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Residence
Munich, GER
Occupation
Athlete, Human Resources, Student
Languages
English, German
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age four.
Why this sport?
She was encouraged to try the sport by her mother. "She took me swimming and as I was learning I was having a lot of fun. My mother then left the decision up to me if I wanted to continue."
Club / Team
SG Stadtwerke Munchen: Germany
Name of coach
Olaf Bunde [personal], GER, from 2019
Training Regime
She has eight training sessions per week.
General Interest
Nicknames
Alex, Wenky, Lexi (Facebook page, 12 Oct 2019; teamdeutschland.de, 01 Jan 2016)
Hobbies
Music, meeting friends, basketball, fashion. (Facebook page, 12 Oct 2019)
Most influential person in career
Her mother Gabriela. (sueddeutsche.de, 18 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
German tennis player Steffi Graf, US swimmer Michael Phelps. (Facebook page, 12 Oct 2019)
Injuries
She tore a shoulder muscle in early 2019 and as a result missed several weeks of training and opted not to attempt to qualify for the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju, Republic of Korea. (sueddeutsche.de, 18 Nov 2019)

In the early part of 2018, she suffered cartilage damage and an infection of the medial shelf in her right knee. She underwent surgery in August 2018. (Instagram profile, 08 Aug 2018; Facebook page, 11 Jul 2018; sueddeutsche.de, 13 Jun 2018)

She tore a shoulder muscle in 2016 which led to infections in early 2017. She had to recover for several months and missed the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, as a result. (sueddeutsche.de, 13 Jun 2018; swim.de, 07 Feb 2017)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
She listens to music before races. (deutsche-bank.de, 01 May 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If you really want it, you will find a way." (deutsche-bank.de, 01 May 2019)
Awards and honours
She was named 2016 Best German Female Swimmer by the German Swimming Federation [DSV]. (bayerische-sortiftung.de, 20 Jun 2017)

She was named the Elite Sports Student of the Year in Munich, Germany, in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. The award is organised by the regional office of the German Olympic Sports Confederation [DOSB]. (Facebook page, 12 Oct 2019)

In 2009 and 2011 she was named Young Female Swimmer of the Year in Germany by the DSV. (Facebook page, 24 Jun 2015; bayerischer-schwimmverband.de, 01 Dec 2011)
Milestones
She was the youngest member of the German swimming team at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (SportsDeskOnline, 01 Mar 2020)
Famous relatives
Her mother Gabriela Baka competed for Romania in swimming. Her younger brother Sebastian competed in swimming at the 2019 German national championships. (swm.de, 21 Aug 2011; sueddeutsche.de, 18 Nov 2019; titanium-sportservice.de, 04 Aug 2019)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (sueddeutsche.de, 06 Nov 2020)
Other information
RETIREMENT THOUGHTS
In 2019 she began considering retirement after a series of injuries. "I was standing in front of the doctor and thought, 'This is it, I am giving it all up'." After encouragement from her mother she decided to continue. She has said she may retire after the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, but that her decision will depend on if more support becomes available for German national swimmers. "If something happens in German swimming, maybe I'll continue [after the 2020 Games]. If not, at some point I will not feel like it anymore. Swimming is my passion, but you also have to sacrifice a lot for it. If there is a lack of recognition, also financially - and here I don't mean to get rich, but to be able to practise the sport professionally - that is difficult in the long run." (sueddeutsche.de, 06 Nov 2020, 18 Nov 2019; tagesspiegel.de, 12 Dec 2018)

OCCUPATION
She works part-time as an employee experience manager at a biopharmaceutical company in Germany. (LinkedIn profile, 01 May 2021)

FURTHER EDUCATION
After studying for a bachelor's degree at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, she went on to study another bachelor's degree in business psychology at the University of Applied Management in Erding, Germany. (LinkedIn profile, 01 May 2021; Facebook profile, 06 Jul 2020)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 100m Butterfly 58.49
Semifinal 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 200m Individual Medley 2:12.13
Heats 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
Heats 2012 London, ENG 100m Butterfly 58.85
Heats 2012 London, ENG 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
7 2015 Kazan, RUS 100m Butterfly 57.94
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:41.56
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 8:01.48
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:28.99
3 2015 Kazan, RUS 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:44.13
Heats 2013 Barcelona, ESP 200m Individual Medley 2:14.90
Heats 2013 Barcelona, ESP 200m Freestyle 2:01.60
Heats 2013 Barcelona, ESP 50m Butterfly 26.54
8 2013 Barcelona, ESP 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:39.57
8 2013 Barcelona, ESP 4 x 100m Medley Relay 4:01.81
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
7 2014 Berlin, GER 100m Butterfly 58.59
Heats 2014 Berlin, GER 4 x 100m Medley Relay 4:04.81
4 2014 Berlin, GER 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:47.61
7 2012 Debrecen, HUN 200m Individual Medley 2:14.95
Heats 2012 Debrecen, HUN 100m Butterfly 59.39
1 2012 Debrecen, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:58.43
4 2012 Debrecen, HUN 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 8:00.55
European Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
6 2015 Netanya, ISR 200m Individual Medley 2:08.60
3 2015 Netanya, ISR 100m Butterfly 56.43
Semifinal 2015 Netanya, ISR 100m Individual Medley 59.93
Semifinal 2015 Netanya, ISR 50m Butterfly 25.94
6 2015 Netanya, ISR 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:47.53
5 2015 Netanya, ISR 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:39.32
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
49 2018   Overall Ranking  
3 2018 Singapore, SGP 200m Butterfly 2:08.60
6 2018 Singapore, SGP 100m Butterfly 59.33
27 2017   Overall  
7 2017 Beijing, CHN 200m Individual Medley 2:12.96
7 2017 Beijing, CHN 200m Butterfly 2:10.92
4 2017 Beijing, CHN 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:43.98
4 2017 Beijing, CHN 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:35.32
8 2017 Berlin, GER 400m Individual Medley 4:41.41
3 2017 Doha, QAT 400m Individual Medley 4:38.83
5 2017 Doha, QAT 100m Butterfly 58.82
5 2017 Doha, QAT 200m Individual Medley 2:11.78
2 2017 Doha, QAT 200m Butterfly 2:08.17
2 2017 Doha, QAT 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:34.04
3 2017 Doha, QAT 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:43.75
4 2017 Eindhoven, NED 200m Butterfly 2:08.93
8 2017 Hong Kong, CHN 100m Butterfly 59.41
8 2017 Hong Kong, CHN 200m Individual Medley 2:13.47
4 2017 Hong Kong, CHN 200m Butterfly 2:10.10
4 2017 Hong Kong, CHN 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:43.22
4 2017 Hong Kong, CHN 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:34.31
8 2017 Moscow, RUS 100m Butterfly 59.16
3 2017 Moscow, RUS 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:42.71
5 2017 Moscow, RUS 200m Individual Medley 2:10.57
8 2017 Singapore, SGP 200m Individual Medley 2:15.00
8 2017 Singapore, SGP 200m Butterfly 2:10.54
6 2017 Singapore, SGP 400m Individual Medley 4:38.80
6 2017 Singapore, SGP 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:41.98
4 2017 Singapore, SGP 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:33.73
7 2012 Berlin, GER 100m Butterfly 59.42