Munich special: Karin Ertl presents the City (Part 1)
"Munich is a beautiful city", Karin Ertl says. And the indoor European Champion on the heptahlon from 2000 must know what she is talking about. Sie lives here since 1994. Even the bavarian metropolis is a big city, it still has a rurual and rustic charm. For the heptathlet exactly this is the certain something, what makes the city so attractiv. "I like the rest and quiet and a lot of trees and flowers. Then I feel really good," the 27 year old athlete, who`s husband is a real munich person, says. And both of them she has a lot. Karin Ertl was walking to the most beautiful and most interesting places and corners of the EM-City from 2002, which will be from 6th until 11th August the hub of the world. On her walking tour the tall blond athlete presents funny occurrences, imposing buildings, culinary delicacies, comfortable cafes, breezy seats, traditional festivities and amusing parties and celebrations. And she discovered a lot of new exciting things in the city, where live about 1,3 Million people. A little bit of local studies she got inclusive at this occasion.
Athletic highlights in the Olympic Stadium
In the Athletic competitions were always one of the highlights in the Olympic Stadium. The last big events were the European Cup 1997 and the Grand Prix Finale 1999. With the Organization of the European Championships the Olympic Park GmbH will celebrate the 30th birthday and remeber the Olympic Games 1972. The athletes will see in August a little part of nostalgia: the sprinters, runners, jumpers and throwers will stay in the former Olympic Village. Karin Ertl will stay there too. In spite of she lives a stone throw from the stadion. She wants to sniff atmosphäre. Because the Group oft the athletes live in their own world. Karin Ertl has one big atvantage. She is already in munich. "I like to be here a lot", she says. The 27 year old athlete can test the facilities and the track. "I am looking forward to start in front of a lot of spectators in my local stadion. I am sure we will have a big athletics-party." And the heptathlete wants to be a part of it. Togehter with the sprinters Gabi and Birgit Rockmeier and Oliver Sven Buder she belongs to the very little group of local athletes, who will paricipate in Munich.
Other pieces of jewellery
But the city has some other pieces of jewellery out of the stadion, too.
For example Karin Ertl never misses the famous Beerfestival in Oktober (Oktoberfest). This is the biggest festival all over the world . Over six million people every year are visiting this big party which is a synonym for the bavarian main city.
The beginning of this festival was the marriage of crown prince Ludwig with princess Therese 1810. Eight years later the first "merry-go-round" and two swings appeared and were installed. Beer-kiosks changed to become "beer-castles" and already in the 19th century the offers of the showman and the different kinds of "merry-gor-round" became very attractive and spectacular. Today the people speak about the epitome of the international meeting different nations. By the way: 2001 the 168th beer-festival was taking place in Munich.
This must be!
Karin Ertl is enthusiastic about the atmosphere every year again. "Even I don`t like beer", she laughes. "I am born in the Allgäu and there we drink milk", the athlete jokes. But of course, she owns a obligatory outfit for the beer-festival. A typical traditional bavarian custum and a fitting pair of shoes. This must be ! "But I am not the person who is sitting six hours in the beertent", Karin Ertl says. She prefers to walk around and eat a typical bavarian "Brezel". She is watching around, and turns some loopings with the roller coaster. And to meet an original bavarian guy must be too, of course.
Manfred from Gräfelfing, a village not far away from Munich, in typical leather trousers, grey knee-length socks, jacket, a hat with a feather is really proud when somebody takes a picture from him together with the Europena indoor Champion Karin Ertl. He likes athletics and promisses immidately to visit the European Championships in August. The best thing he could do, is to come at this two days when Karin Ertl is on stage in the stadion. Because he knows her now already. And the blond heptathlete has one more fan !