Alica Schmidt, who is commonly referred to as “the World’s Sexiest Athlete,” never envisioned her Olympic debut turning out like this.
The 22-year-old German was set to compete for her first Olympic medal in the women’s 4×400 mixed relay on Saturday, but never got a chance to run after the German team was disqualified for making contact with the Jamaican team.
Luckily for her, Schmidt can still be selected by Germany for the women’s 4x400m relay on Friday.
“About 30 percent of my training is focused on strength. For the most part, explosive and functional full-body exercises are on my schedule,” she explained, noting, “It’s super effective.”
For Schmidt, her other focus is on “strengthening and activating the leg muscles, the classic way with squats and lunges,” she said. “There are then seven to eight training sessions a week that last between two and three hours.”
Schmidt may have a strong following online, but she makes it clear that her sport comes first.
“My focus is on sport. Social media tends to run alongside,” the Puma-sponsored athlete said. Though, “Off the track, I’m grateful to my followers, because Instagram enables me to do my sport without having to have a part-time job,” she explained, adding, “It is difficult to make a living from athletics alone.”