Martin Steffes-Mies
Personal information
Born (1967-01-12) 12 January 1967 (age 55)
Height199 cm (6 ft 6 in)
Weight95 kg (209 lb)
Sport
SportRowing
ClubMainzer RV
Medal record
Men's rowing
World Rowing Championships
Representing  West Germany
Gold medal – first place 1989 Bled Eight
Gold medal – first place 1990 Tasmania Eight
Representing  Germany
Gold medal – first place 1991 Vienna Eight
Gold medal – first place 1993 Račice Eight

Martin Steffes-Mies (born 12 January 1967) is a retired German rower.

Rowing career

Steffes-Mies was born in 1967. His father is the rower Josef Steffes-Mies who was part of the West German contingent on the United Team of Germany at the 1964 Summer Olympics.[1]

Steffes-Mies junior joined the Mainzer RV.[2] At a height of 199 centimetres (78 in) and a weight of 95 kilograms (209 lb) he had a good physical stature for a rowing career.[3] At the 1988 national German rowing championships he won bronze with his coxed four team. A year later, he became German champion in this boat class alongside Dirk Balster, Ansgar Wessling, Roland Baar, and Manfred Klein as cox.[4] The five teamed up with the coxless four that won the national champions and as an eight, they won a second national title in 1989.[5][6] They were thus nominated as the German eight ("Deutschland Achter") that would contest the 1989 World Rowing Championships in Bled, Yugoslavia, where they won gold.[7][8] In 1990, Steffes-Mies again won the German championships in the coxed four and the eight, with Frank Richter having replaced Wessling in both boats and Frank Dietrich being the only member of the 1989 coxless four still in the team.[4][5][6] That eight defended its world championship title at the 1990 World Rowing Championships in Tasmania, Australia.[9] In 1991, Steffes-Mies won the German championships in the eight for the third consecutive year.[6] Jürgen Hecht and Wolfgang Klapheck, who had won the national coxless pair title,[10] joined the eight for the 1991 World Rowing Championships in Vienna, Austria; for the third consecutive year they brought home the world championship title.[11] This was the first year that they represented a reunified Germany.

In 1992, Steffes-Mies was chosen as a reserve for the German eight for the Barcelona Olympics. The Olympic team members could not contest the German nationals as dates overlapped. The German eight won a bronze medal but Steffes-Mies did not get to compete. He commented 20 years later that having missed out competing at the Olympics brings back painful memories.[3]

In 1993, Steffes-Mies was back with the eight that won the German championships.[6] The same team then won gold at the 1993 World Rowing Championships at Račice in the Czech Republic.[7][12] In 1994, Steffes-Mies won his last German championship with the eight.[6] At the 1994 World Rowing Championships at Indianapolis, United States, he came fourth with his team.[13]

Since March 2014, Steffes-Mies has been president of the Mainzer RV.[14]

Professional career

Steffes-Mies studied engineering management with a view of taking over his father's construction and road building company. After finishing his degree, he spent a year working at Hochtief. During the next year working for a local road building company, he was promoted to construction manager. In deviation from his original plan, he became a management consultant with strategy consulting firm Roland Berger. He then worked for prefabricated house manufacturer Kampa where he joined the board.[3]

In 2005, he did take over his father's company and immediately amalgamated it with the company of a business partner; the joint company had 350 employees. In October 2010, they sold their company to the construction company Strabag.[3]

Private life

Steffes-Mies is married with three children.[3]

References

  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Josef Steffes-Mies". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  2. ^ "Martin Steffes-Mies". International Rowing Federation. Retrieved 19 September 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d e Reil, Lena (16 February 2012). "Vierfacher Weltmeister und Unternehmer: Was macht Martin Steffes-Mies?" (in German). Deutscher Ruderverband. Retrieved 19 September 2018.
  4. ^ a b Hoffmann, Wilfried. "Deutsches Meisterschaftsrudern (DMR): Vierer mit Steuermann – Männer (Plätze 1–3)" (in German). Rüsselsheimer Ruder-Klub 08. Retrieved 19 September 2018.
  5. ^ a b Hoffmann, Wilfried. "Deutsches Meisterschaftsrudern (DMR): Vierer ohne Steuermann – Männer (Plätze 1–3)" (in German). Rüsselsheimer Ruder-Klub 08. Retrieved 20 September 2018.
  6. ^ a b c d e Hoffmann, Wilfried. "Deutsches Meisterschaftsrudern (DMR): Achter – Männer (Plätze 1–3)" (in German). Rüsselsheimer Ruder-Klub 08. Retrieved 20 September 2018.
  7. ^ a b Hoffmann, Wilfried. "Ruder-Weltmeisterschaften seit 1962: Deutsche Medaillenerfolge – Gold, Silber und Bronze" (in German). Rüsselsheimer Ruder-Klub 08. Retrieved 20 September 2018.
  8. ^ "(M8+) Men's Eight – Final". International Rowing Federation. Retrieved 19 September 2018.
  9. ^ "(M8+) Men's Eight – Final". International Rowing Federation. Retrieved 20 September 2018.
  10. ^ Hoffmann, Wilfried. "Deutsches Meisterschaftsrudern (DMR): Zweier ohne Steuermann – Männer (Plätze 1–3)" (in German). Rüsselsheimer Ruder-Klub 08. Retrieved 20 September 2018.
  11. ^ "(M8+) Men's Eight – Final". International Rowing Federation. Retrieved 20 September 2018.
  12. ^ "(M8+) Men's Eight – Final". International Rowing Federation. Retrieved 20 September 2018.
  13. ^ "(M8+) Men's Eight – Final". International Rowing Federation. Retrieved 20 September 2018.
  14. ^ "Vereinsgeschichte" (in German). Mainzer RV. Retrieved 19 September 2018.