April 29, 2022 – 11:21 p.m. watch
Mathias Mester loves challenges
Multiple German champion, multiple European champion, seven-time world champion and also a writer and star on social media: Mathias “Matze” Master has already achieved a lot in his life. But the short track star is ready for a new challenge – and dares to dance on the dance floor in “Let’s Dance” in 2022. The 35-year-old will definitely leave the stage as “Dancing Star 2022”. His dance partner Renata Lusin will take care of that too! But one thing is particularly important to Mathias: “I want to dance at eye level.” What the athlete is especially looking forward to, he reveals in the video.
All points and dances by Mathias Mester & Renata Lusin
“Let’s Dance”-candidate Mathias Mester in the lightning check
- Profession: athlete
- Date of birth: 1986-09-15 (35)
- Place of residence: Coesfeld
Mathias Mester receives a special prize from the German Handicap Sports Association
Mathias “Matze” Mester was born in Munster in 1986. As an 18-year-old he came to parasport through a tasting course at Bayer 04 Leverkusen. In a very short time, the trained office assistant was able to assert himself in the three athletics disciplines javelin, shot put and discus throw and, as a multiple German champion, multiple European and world champion, quickly became one of the most successful. Paralympic athletes in Germany.
The 1.42 m tall athlete became world champion seven times and also won the silver medal in shot put at his Paralympic debut in 2008. “Let’s Dance”Candidate Mathias can adorn himself with four world titles in javelin throw, two titles in discus throw and one title in shot put. In 2007, he was awarded the laurel magazine by Federal President Horst Köhler (78). With a javelin throw of 38.58 meters, Mathias set a new world record in 2009 and the same year surpassed himself with a new world record of 40.69 meters. This made him the first person of short stature to break the 40-meter mark in the javelin throw.
In 2012, he became IPC European Champion with javelin in Stadskanaal and reached a 7th place at the Paralympic Games in London. After a break due to injury, many more successes followed. In 2016, the 35-year-old took 5th place at the Paralympic Games in Rio and again became European champion in javelin throw in 2014, 2018 and 2021.
To bridge the non-competitive period caused by the corona pandemic, Mathias created the Parantanic Games 2020 – a 14-day series of sporty and fun “competitions” in domestic quarantine. For this he was awarded the special prize “Special Achievement” of the German Handicap Sports Association in the election of the parasport man of the decade.
He is also a star on social media channels
In June 2021, a few days after his victory at the Para European Championships, Mathias Mester announced the end of his sporting career due to persistent health problems and thus also decided not to participate in the upcoming Paralympic Games in Tokyo.
Shortly after the end of his sporting career released “Let’s Dance”participant his first book “Start small, make it big – My crazy life at 142.5 cm”. He has also hosted the sports podcast “KURZ & KNAPP” since May 2021.
One of the 35-year-old’s biggest personal concerns has always been to raise awareness of the Paralympic sport. With his creative videos, in which the former professional athlete repeatedly focuses on his height, he inspires his more than 400,000 followers on Instagram, YouTube and TikTok. Almost by the way, he also makes an equally important and fun contribution to inclusion with the videos. The 35-year-old is also involved in Action Mensch, Viva con Agua and Toyota Crowd.
- By the way, you can teach the others “Let’s Dance”candidates to know here.
See “Let’s Dance” 2022 on RTL and RTL + since 18 February
As always, the new one started “Let’s Dance”season on February 18 with the big intro show. Did you miss the spectacular start or just want to watch again, you can find the whole thing “Let’s Dance”the show here on RTL +. (mwe / ngu)