The Coronavirus Chronicle #12: ROW, ROW, (DON’T) ROW YOUR BOAT

Moritz Wolff is a professional rower who dreams of competing in the Olympics. But in the age of COVID-19 and social distancing, Wolff, along with many other German athletes, can’t keep up their normal training. Never mind that this year’s Olympic Games are postponed. We find out how he’s managing in today’s edition of The Coronavirus Chronicle.

Photo by Silke Wolff

As the biggest global health crisis in years threatens people around the world, turn to The Coronavirus Chronicle to find out how people in Berlin are coping.

Moritz Wolff, 20, is a professional rower for the Berliner Ruder-Club. Wolff dreams of one day qualifying to row for the German national team at the Olympics. But such aspirations have been put on hold for many German athletes due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Listen below to find out how Moritz is keeping up with his training and his beef with Berliners who don’t follow the rules:



“My first reaction was that this was the best decision that they could make,” says Wolff, of the decision to postpone the Summer Olympics. “We all want fair competition.”

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