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Svenja ZIHSLER
Sport Open Water Swimming
NOC Germany   
GenderWomen
Born09 Jan 1994 in Gmünd, GER
Height1.69 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Occupation
Businessperson, Student
Languages
English, German
Higher education
Medicine - University of Erlangen-Nuremberg: Nuremberg, GER
Sport Specific Information
Club / Team
SV Wurzburg 05: Germany
International Debut
Year
2011
Competing for
Germany
Tournament
European Championships
Location
Eilat, ISR
General Interest
Sporting philosophy / motto
''The biggest achievement is not to exceed others but to exceed yourself.'' (svenja.zihsler.de, 2016)
Famous relatives
Her younger sister Lea represented Germany in open water swimming at the 2014 European Junior Championships in Zagreb, Croatia. Her mother Elke was also a German swimmer. (SportsDeskOnline, 10 Aug 2017; swim.de, 29 Jun 2017; swp.de, 27 Nov 2015)
Other information
DEMENTIA APP
In 2019 she received 12,000 Euros in funding from the German Sporthilfe [Sports Aid] Start-Up Academy to produce a dementia prevention app named 'Brain Active'. "I am very happy that this idea can now be realised. We will produce a prototype and test it on patients. At the same time, we will contact health insurance companies, for whom this should also be very exciting." She has also founded a similar app named 'Mentalee'. (Instagram profile, 26 Oct 2020; mentalee.com, 01 Jan 2020; sportfrauen.net, 09 Dec 2019)

FURTHER EDUCATION
In 2018 she began studying for a postgraduate degree in molecular medicine at Georg-August University in Goettingen, Germany. In the same year she also worked as a visiting research student at Stanford University in the United States of America. (LinkedIn profile, 2020)

 Competition Highlights
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
  2013 Barcelona, ESP 25km  DNF
15 2013 Barcelona, ESP 10km 1:58:25.8
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
  2016 Hoorn, NED 10km  DNF
8 2016 Hoorn, NED 5km 1:00:59.6
17 2014 Berlin, GER 10km 2:00:48.6
12 2014 Berlin, GER 25km 5:29:39.9
2 2011 Eilat, ISR 5km - Team Time Trial 57:15.2
World Series
Rank Year Venue Event Result
13 2018   10km  
27 2018 Abu Dhabi, UAE 10km 2:05:01.5
14 2018 Balatonfüred, HUN 10km 2:06:36.40
11 2018 Beau Vallon, SEY 10km 1:58:39.90
34 2018 Doha, QAT 10km 2:08:28.1
6 2018 Lac St. Jean, QC, CAN 10km 2:06:14.90
6 2018 Lac-Mégantic, QC, CAN 10km 2:06:35.2
15 2018 Setúbal, POR 10km 2:07:13.50
36 2017   10km  
26 2017 Abu Dhabi, UAE 10km 1:54:15.6
  2017 Lac-Mégantic, QC, CAN 10km  DNF
11 2017 Setúbal, POR 10km 1:37:54.04
18 2016 Abu Dhabi, UAE 10km 1:59:07.60
9 2016 Balatonfüred, HUN 10km 2:00:17.11
9 2015 Abu Dhabi, UAE 10km 2:07:58.2
28 2015 San Miguel de Cozumel, MEX 10km 1:51:37.00
15 2014 Cancún, MEX 10km 2:16:11
24 2014 Setúbal, POR 10km 2:07:05.1
16 2013 San Miguel de Cozumel, MEX 10km 2:12:10.40
9 2012 Eilat, ISR 10km 2:02:42.85