Professional sports and alcohol - Interview with Nike Lorenz
Today we leave the field to Nike Lorenz. As a national hockey player, she arrived at the sporting Olympus at the age of 24. As a professional athlete and German studies student, there are plenty of reasons to celebrate. But whether it's a college party or a locker room party, Nike has a clear preference when it comes to drinking. “I could imagine toasting with a gin and tonic or sparkling wine, but then I would quickly switch to my beloved Laori Tonic.”
Your number one party accessory is the bottle Laori Juniper No 1. Because she definitely won't miss out on a good celebration. As we all know, being there is everything. This also applies to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, where Nike took part. Are the champagne corks popping in the Olympic village? “In Rio at the Olympic Games there was a toast in the German house at the end of the tournament. Funnily enough, it was also seen there that none of the athletes were used to drinking alcohol. tolerated.” So Nike is no exception in professional sports. But how do you deal with alcohol as an athlete and what significance do alcoholic drinks have in a life that is characterized by training and discipline. We spoke to Nike about this on behalf of many athletes.
What role does alcohol play in the professional world?
“In sports it sometimes appears at parties or at the end of major tournaments.” However, this is the exception. “It is clear to me that I want to avoid it as much as possible because I know that it negatively affects my ability to perform and recover.” Like her teammates, Nike is in top shape and feels super comfortable in her athletic body. “As it is at the moment, I would definitely describe myself as the full-fledged helmsman of my life.” However, that wasn’t always the case.
Top fit and in full control of yourself thanks to non-alcoholic drinks.
How has your life changed?
“It almost makes me angry when I think about how much effort I have ruined because of alcohol. I trained a lot back then and was diligent, but the progress I'm making now with similar effort exceeds what I made before. Physical development is simply severely held back by alcohol consumption.”
That's why Nike has formed a very clear opinion on the subject of alcohol. She has dealt more intensively with a healthy diet and the effects of alcohol. With some shocking findings. “Alcohol inhibits your ability to recover. This prevents the principle of supercompensation, the most important principle for improving performance.Alcohol also worsens your ability to react.Alcohol can also cause inflammation in your body, which you want to avoid at all costs. But this is particularly important for injury prevention.”
Sport is murder? The neurotoxin alcohol clearly causes more damage to the body.
Why did you decide to abstain from alcohol as much as possible?
In her youth, Nike used to celebrate during intensive training phases such as preparing for a tournament or the Bundesliga, in which she largely stopped She avoids alcohol, but enjoys sipping her favorite drink Gin Tonic when she goes out. With the result that she was “annoyed by the decision every time the next morning and carried this feeling with her into the next party evenings.” So for her it didn't take just one crash. Rather, it was a gradual process in which she realized that she “no longer enjoyed drinking so much alcohol” and that she felt bad the next day. This has led to “it becoming less over the years”.
Can you tell us your exit strategies for typical “drinking situations”?
The success proves Nike right. If things continue like this, the next victory celebration will surely take place soon. She is well prepared for this. “Laori is my exit strategy. However, you will never avoid all unpleasant situations because they are rarely influenced by you alone. My best exit strategy: smile away with stupid sayings.”
Are you craving non-alcoholic drinks?
Then try our alcohol-free Gin & Tonic, the way Nike enjoys it - without a hangover the next morning, but with full taste. For the recipe go here.
Photos: Peter Bak