Two students from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) will participate in the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang. Johannes Lochner, a TUM student of Electrical Engineering and Information Technologies, will compete in the Olympic games on the bobsled. Lutz Klausmann, a student of Mathematical Finance and Actuarial Science, will serve as guide to biathlete Nico Messinger in the Paralympics.
"Once you’ve been down a bobsled run, you just can’t quit," says Master’s degree student Lochner, describing his passion. Enthusiasm for winter sport runs in the family: Both his father and his grandfather were also bobsledders. Lochner began his bobsled career as a brakeman, but he soon realized he would rather be a pilot. And his success shows he was right. Hopefully it will continue at the upcoming Olympic games, where his first race in the two-man bobsled will take place on February 18. Then, on February 24, he’ll be racing with the four-man team.
Lutz Klausmann is in the fourth semester of his Master’s curriculum in Mathematical Finance and Actuarial Science at TUM. The 25-year-old will participate in the Paralympics in Pyeongchang as guide for biathlete Nico Messinger. Klausmann will race in the track before Messinger, who is vision-impaired. Klausmann will hold the biathlete’s ski poles during shooting, but has to remain still. The two athletes train together six to nine times a week. Their first competition will take place on March 10.