Same-sex partnerships are not recognized in her home country of Russia - and yet tennis legend Darja Kassatkina has now come out in an interview with a blogger. She also spoke out very clearly about social conditions in Russia and the Ukraine war. She criticized that there are a number of "forbidden topics" in Russia. That's why it's very important for athletes to talk about it, she said. All this at the risk of no longer being able to live in their homeland without fear. We take our hats off to Kassatkina for this courage.
The football hype has long since spilled over from America to Germany - as the rush for tickets to the NFL game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Seattle Seahawks in Munich in mid-November showed. A full 50,000 tickets were sold in 55 minutes, and the digital queue was almost 750,000 people long. Now that's a dream reception for Tom Brady and Co! And it's a sign that good sports are simply catching on all over the world.
An extreme alpinist for whom the joy of life nevertheless cannot take a back seat to sport: mountain sports legend Ralf Dujmovits turns 60 and reviews his life on the mountain in a very personal documentary together with Schöffel and Red Bull Media House. He was the first German to climb all 14 8,000-meter peaks in the world, has been on the highest mountains on all continents and also attracted attention with his 33-hour live ascent of the north face of the Eiger. This documentary is clearly Good News for anyone who has ever wanted to know what lies behind the reticent mountaineer.
A historic moment for amateur soccer: women have recently been allowed to play in men's matches upon request - and Jessica Eckl and Sandra Pfannenstein tested this right away with the FC OVI-Teunz II. The special: "I now have the opportunity to run with my two brothers in a competitive match - and that on the 65th birthday of my father, who is second chairman and stadium spokesman," said the 38-year-old Eckl in the BFV interview. It's a cool move, and it's easy to get over the fact that the team didn't win the game.
Nico Sturm recently won the Stanley Cup with his Colorado Avalanche ice hockey team - and as a special triumph, he will be received with the trophy in his hometown of Augsburg. Just as tradition dictates when Germans lift the Cup with their U.S. team. "This day will certainly be another very special one for me and my family," Sturm said about it in the Kicker interview. He is especially looking forward to the shining eyes of the young players. We wish him this special moment!
No one else can do it: Kiromal Katibin from Indonesia climbed the 15 meters in a record speed of 5.009 seconds, breaking the world record for the fourth time this year (!). It's hardly possible to go faster than that. However, his curse is that he always gets the world records only in the qualification - the medals are taken home by others. Still, it was an extraordinary performance and maybe he will make it to the podium next time. In any case, we're keeping our fingers crossed.
The German national rugby team has achieved something historic: for the first time they are allowed to participate in the World Cup, which will take place in Cape Town in September. In the decisive match against Italy they won clearly with 24:7 and proved that they want to go to South Africa. National coach Clemens von Grumbkow could not believe what happened. "At the moment there is still more relief than real joy. I think we will only really understand what we have achieved in the next few days," he told Sport1. Let's go, German team, it's not long until September!