IRONMAN World Championship My Path to Hawaii
It was an exciting year for the owayo athlete Anja Leuendorff. A successful triathlon season with the World Championship as its grand finale. An "Emotional rollercoaster," as she says. Behind the scenes of her success is the time, money and nerves she's invested.
Since 2014, the Berliner has fallen for the sport of triathlon and has become an ambitious athlete in the triathaolon scene. After the birth of her second child, she wanted another taste of glory and qualified for Hawaii for a third time.
Here's Anja on her success: "I think my success has to do with focused training, not just racking up kilometers for kilometer's sake. Do what you can and make the most of it. But don't overdo it and injure yourself. Ain't nobody got time for that." In addition to work and motherhood, preparing for the ironman was a real challenge that wouldn't have been possible without the support of her husband.
The race on the big island is the mother of long distances: a 3.8 km swim in rough seas, 180 km bike ride through the desert and a marathon in 100+ degrees - back to back to back. Even for an experienced athlete a huge challenge. After a back-breaking race, Anja will have finished her 14th long distance and her 3rd Ironman Hawaii on Ali'i Drive with pride and satisfaction: "A unique experience that I will never forget."
Brûleur de Loups A new owayo hockey team
Welcome! Beginning 2017, owayo has been providing sportswear for the French 1st league hockey team Brûleurs de Loups. The team from the beautiful city of Grenoble in the Alps belongs to the teams traditions. They play since 1968 in the top french hockey league called "Ligne Magnus." The team have won the regular season title 4 times and has been the french national champion 6 times. They won the regular season title in 2017. Their exciting games take place in the arena Pôle Sud, which offers seating for 5000 fans and is the third largest arena in France. owayo is happy to support its second professional french hockey team, the first being Rapaces de Gap. Here's to many more years.
EWE Oldenburg Baskets German Championship Runner-Up 2017
Even a playoff appearance was not guaranteed - but no one expected the EWE Oldenburg Baskets to make it to the German Championship finals. The outsiders ended the regular season with a positive record and entered the playoffs with a few tricks up their sleeve. The first of which came as an unexpected win against the top seeded Ulm in the semi-finals, who were on a 25 game winning streak. Despite the odds, the Oldenburg Baskets outplayed Ulm and marched into the finals to face the Brose Bamberg. Rickey Paulding proved himself as the team playmaker, having been with the EWE Baskets for over ten years. However, in the end, their best wasn't enough. In the third match, Bamberg secured their 9th championship title against the EWE Baskets 76 to 58. The EWE Oldenburg Baskets hung their heads and thanked their 200 away fans for having traveled to support them. But their disappointment in losing quickly faded and was replaced with a sense of achievement and wonder for having made it to the playoff finals. What a basketball season!