defend your title.’For my career, it was the right advice; but mentally, I was paralysed, gripped by fear that we might lose, beaten by the same couple from the World Championships.
I had to face my fears.Timo and I practised hard. I lost a lot of weight and became very thin, and although I was very muscular, I remember holding my hands up in front of me one day and thinking they weighed a tonne: a reflection of the pressure I was under and the disassociation between my mind and body.To my relief, we won the German Championships for a second time.
I was only 28, so I could have continued to be German champion, maybe [gone to] the World Championships. But I knew I couldn’t go to the next level with Timo.It weighed down on me that my partner was holding me back but I had a strong sense of responsibility towards our marriage.Read more on telegraph.co.uk