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For careers with passion. What does Franziska van Almsick actually do? In an interview with ISPO, the mother of two talks about the balancing act between business and family. As a swimmer, Franziska van Almsick was at the top of the world for over a decade. Now, the Berlin native is also a successful businesswoman in the sports business. Franziska van Almsick: I just leave the field empty.
Growing up in Berlin, Germany in the former GDR, "Franzi" loved swimming, joined a team and by the time the Berlin Wall came down in , she was ready to burst onto the international swimming scene. She broke her own record in in Berlin. Overall, her m freestyle World Record stood for 13 years until broken by Federica Pellegrini of Italy in
Franziska van Almsick's swimming potential was discovered when she was five years old. However, it was not until she was fourteen years old, that van Almsick earned four medals at the Olympics, gaining silvers in the m freestyle, which she lost by only 15 centimetres, and in the medley relay, and bronze medals in the m freestyle and in the 4xm freestyle relay. She also competed in the m butterfly and the 50m freestyle. At the world championships, van Almsick broke the 8-year-old world record in the free with a time of Four days later, van Almsick swam the leadoff leg for Germany in the 4xm relay.