You want to talk to Alexander Zverev about your backhand? Or take a selfie with Denise Schindler? Or maybe just toast with Anton Palzer? Then ISPO Munich is your place to be. The world's largest sports trade show not only attracts brands, retailers and visitors from all over the world, but internationally renowned athletes also use the opportunity to meet their community again, to share their insights in talks and to present their own projects with which they want to advance the sports business.
We introduce you to 5 athletes (+ one bonus athlete) that we discovered at ISPO Munich 2022.
Denise Schindler lost her lower right leg in an accident at the age of two and found her calling at 18: paracycling! Since then she has fought her way to the top, won four Paralympic medals and is a three-time World Champion in paracycling. And she wants to help others who are in the same situation: In collaboration with a software company, she developed a laser scanning process that can be used to produce prostheses that fit precisely.
At the diversity panel "The potential of inclusivity in sports and business development", she was joined by former decathlete Christian Schenk and entrepreneur Katharina Inselkammer.
Tennis pro Alexander "Sascha" Zverev and his brother Mischa were also present at ISPO Munich! The dream team shared exciting insights on innovative training technologies such as virtual reality on the first day of the trade fair.
Imke is an absolute power woman - not only is she a passionate athlete and Hyrox record holder herself, but she is also a presenter for DAZN, among others, an influencer, personal coach, model, brand ambassador for many top brands and has her own podcast. So she's a personality worth getting to know. On the first day of the fair, visitors started the day with Imke at the Community Run! She also hosted the Zverev brothers' talk and the athletes' talk.
From ski mountaineer to racing cyclist: Anton "Toni" Palzer stood on skis for the first time at the age of three, had a steep professional career and then decided to switch to cycling. Not an easy challenge! His motto: "If you don't leave your comfort zone, you can't develop!" And he did leave it: Today Toni rides for Team Bora-Hansgrohe and is a Red Bull athlete. Find out how he made this change on an edition of the Red Bulletin podcast "The Biohacking Practice."
Felix Neureuther has now ended his professional career as a ski racer, but still uses his fame to do good. With his own foundation and campaigns such as steps4Help for example, he is committed to ensuring that children get enough sporting opportunities to stay healthy - something that was clearly neglected during the Corona crisis.
This year, with a bit of luck, you could spot Felix Neureuther at the Schöffel stand - he and the Brand are united by values like family and responsibility and love for nature.
Extreme climber Thomas Huber from the "Huberbuam" also came to ISPO Munich! He presented his new book at the Young Pirates stand: an autobiography about the ups and downs of his life, his childhood near the Alps, his spectacular tours, always picking himself up again and a kidney tumour that he survived.
Extreme mountaineer Vibeke Sefland and trail running pro Marcel Höche were also there - along with many other well-known athletes you could run into at ISPO Munich!