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Philipp :
01:52 (few seconds)

01:59 - 02:49

08:55 - 09:45 (FABIAN)

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Philipp: Hello, I am Philipp Boy. *more enthusiastic* Hellooo, I am Philipp Boy! *neutral tone* Hello, I am Philipp Boy. … Gymnast, gymnast, gymnast, from the cradle to the urn! *laughs* (It rhymes in German.) That’s a really old saying from us. *smiles*

*to himself* How did I get to doing gymnastics? … It all started when I was like 4 1/2 or 5. I was a very bright boy who needed a lot of excercise and I think my mom was annoyed by it, that’s the reason why she whisked me off to the gym. *grins*

I was born in Schwedt and spent half of my life there, and I started doing gymnastics there as well. At the age of twelve I had to decide whether I wanted to go to a college of physical education or stay in Schwedt. But if I would’ve stayed in Schwedt then my career as a gymnast would’ve been over because they didn’t exactly have a high performance centre there… it was more like a school gymnasium. So we had to make up our minds - either the college of physical education or the sports would be over.

We then decided on Cottbus because we already knew the trainers there. When we got there they could work with the basic training we’ve already had. We also had the necessary athletic requirements and it all fit - so we could work with that.

If you just participated at the German championship as a “junior” and then participate at the world championship as a “senior”, that’s like a perfect pass. Luckily, I made it in 2006. In 2007 there was the world championship in Stuttgart, there was a massive hype, all the halls were sold out, there were flags with “Philipp Boy” on it so that was really… a breathtaking scenery. 

At that time, nothing really worked out. And I guess my trainer almost gave up on me, I bet he already thought “Man, I hope this boy is gonna pull himself together soon!”. And I, myself, racked my brain and was like “Nothing’s going on here, and the world championship is going to be soon, here in Stuttgart, in Germany…”. I was very worried. 

But the nicest thing was when we were standing in the catacombs and we had to do the marching in part and the curtain lifted, and there was just yelling crowds of people… that was really, like, goosebumps all over the place, that was incredible! *smiles*

And that was sort of a turning point for me and I did the competition of my life, like, that was a really good thing. After the championships I was like “Okay here we go”, but then I had the next injury and had to have a surgery on my shoulder. And that all before the Olympics… I was concerned about it. But it ended well…

In 2008, the Olympics… insanity! I can’t even describe how China blew me away *laughs* The year started out great with the european championship where we were runners-up… And of course we were upbeat! We’ve only had Russia ahead of us and we were like “The Olympics are gonna be great, we’re gonna show ‘em how it’s done!”

And we never even had a competition in a hall that could clasp 22,000 people! And at the Olympics, the hall was full to bursting! So they knew exactly how to mess up some people who don’t have their routine yet! *laughs* At that time I already knew that I wanted to be in London (at the Olympics 2012) as well. That’s my biggest goal.

In Peking it didn’t work out 100%, I mean the benefits were there but I guess I could’ve been better. I guess I was… 12th? 13th? I don’t even remember… It wasn’t perfect, I did some mistakes, but it doesn’t matter. 

The nice thing was, the next day I did an exercise and with the valuation I got for that, I would’ve won silver. But oh well, that’s the way it is, you can’t change it. For me, it is an even bigger motivation of what I want to achieve in London. 

Next were the european championship, this year in Berlin, “home match”, because I live in that area… *sighs* That was even worse than Rotterdam. And everyone kept saying “You’re going to be european champion!” but I didn’t want to hear those things. It was even better that it actually did work out! Barely, but that doesn’t matter. I was 1st, and in Germany! That was the nicest success for me.

*head first* Gymnastics is everywhere! On the street, in the meadow or on the beach. *laughs* *everyone else laughs*


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Philipp’s first part starts at 02:50

Int.: Philipp, we’ll include you into our talk. Unfortunately you didn’t have much to celebrate. I’ve seen the competition and I was shocked to see how badly one can actually injure themselves. And I always wonder… *to the ladies: Do you watch gymnastics? - Yeah!*, I always wonder why gymnasts barely get hurt doing that. It’s almost acrobatic. What happened exactly?

Philipp: Well, we really motivated each other and when we got into the competition, I tried a new leap because, of course, I wanted to achieve something at the combined event. The past two years have been very successful for me and I expected this to be a high point. I wanted to be even better and did the double salto with a half turn, and, well, it wasn’t that good for me. I hurt my foot at the first apparatus, and, well, it’s difficult when you always have to pay attention and be like ‘What’s hurting? Can I put my foot down?’ and so on because it was only the first apparatus and there were still things to come, floor, parallel bars and high bar… I kept fighting and the next day we did everything to fix it but there were also two Germans who were better than me, so…

Int.: I also saw your performance on the high bar, you lost control and slid off… It’s the seventh time this year, maybe it’s already some psychological thing… I mean this discipline is insanely hard, you can see it while watching, but… describe the moment when you slid off the high bar!

Philipp: *adorable super cute laugh* I think you only need to see the expression on my face! I mean, you don’t really… Actually, you could freak out. Again, I’m at the Olympics. Again, I’m down… Unfortunately I’ve already been in this situation in Peking once, the expectations were high, in all the finals so far. I, personally, wanted it more than anything, but, to be honest, I’ve had trouble on this apparatus the entire year. Last year in Stuttgart, I’ve had a very bad downfall and ever since I sort of seem to have a blockade.

Int.: Philipp, you are 25 years old, what is hurting on your body at this moment right now? Except for your mind, that might hurt a little…

Philipp: *another adorable super cute laugh* I have problems with my foot, my back and my wrists, and my collarbones and my shoulders hurt. But I’ll have time to cure that now.

Int.: Okay, now you’ll have a break to cure it… But these injuries, I mean, you train insanely hard, especially now that there are the Olympics. How many hours does Philipp Boy spend in the gym, on the floor, on the pommel horse, on the high bar? Can you define that?

Philipp: Yes, of course. We train at least five hours, two in the mornings and three in the afternoons. But that’s usually not the only time we train. Sometimes we train more, sometimes less… Also on Saturdays, sometimes on Sundays. But the injuries don’t happen because I do gymnastics, but… I don’t know where they come from, I-

Int.: I don’t believe that. I don’t believe that.

Philipp: *adorable super cute laugh no.3* I didn’t injure myself for two years, and I had success. But somehow with the beginning of this year, there was something fishy about it. Since January I’ve been constantly having injuries, again and again, always so quickly, then to the european championship-

Int.: Probably that’s the reason. Because everything happens so quickly. 

Philipp: Right. I should have done the same thing one of my team colleagues did, I should’ve only trained for the Olympics, not for any other competitions, but afterwards you can always say ‘I could’ve, I should’ve, If I…’. Well, I fucked up. *cute smile* That’s the way it is.

Int.: Today is the single discipline and Fabian Hambüchen, I guess you were talking about him?, he is going to compete today and you’ll have to watch… Even though you should’ve been one of them. How much does this hurt?

Philipp: Marcel Nguyen is also going to compete! *another cute smile* And both of them… well, they were also at the combined event and… I wish them both the best of luck, of course I’ll be sitting somewhere in the audience, half crying… It would be unsportsmanlike not to watch it, for heaven’s sake, but I wanted to be in this finale, I already won the medals there and I wanted to win them here and now I’m the one sitting on the grandstand… it’s not a nice feeling.

Int.: But you’re only 25, and there’s still so much ahead of you… What’s the best age for a gymnast?

Philipp: 25. *laughs*

Int.: 25… what a stupid question! Let’s say 28, 29, it’s gonna be better then! … I wanted to refer to the team finale, the atmosphere in the hall was amazing, because the british team was there too, I think even the royal family was there… The entire population of Great Britain was engrossed in it… That’s not always the case when it comes to gymnastics! The halls are not always sold out… I don’t wanna call it a marginal sport, but the media doesn’t pay you that much of attention as for example football! *to the ladies* I think riding either? We’ll talk about that in a second… Does that give you even more motivation, especially when it’s a team sport, when you’re fighting for your team?

Philipp: It is an incredible, insanely good feeling! I know now how football players feel when they play games every weekend. It is truly amazing. Of course I wish that we got more attention than just every four years because gymnastics is a very important sport that doesn’t get that much of attention yet… 

Int.: That is a big wish!

Philipp: Of course it is a big wish, but everyone who does gymnastics somewhere says: ‘Amazing sport! Beautiful!’ But then I don’t understand why they don’t come to the hall and support us but “only” every four years! It’s a pity. But I don’t think there’s much we can do, football is very dominant in Germany and - I mean, I enjoy watching football but, some more people could also watch gymnastics! *smiles*

Interviewer and the ladies talk about how the riding sports has developed and that there are more people who are interested in riding. At 10:39, Philipp chimes in. 

Philipp: Hearing that now, something has changed, also for us! German championships are being streamed on ZDF, or ARD (German TV channels), even though it’s not much… 

Int.: We got the message… I, personally, wish there was more sports on TV too! 

Interviewer turns back to the ladies and Philipp’s part is over. 


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Bin dann mal weinen - Philipp tut mir so wahnsinnig leid.

BILD: Haben Sie Ihr Debakel überwunden?
Boy: „Das war alles sehr deprimierend, aber die anderen tun alles, um mich aufzubauen. Ich wollte hier meinen Traum verwirklichen. Stattdessen ist Scheißdreck ist passiert. Dieses Jahr bin ich wirklich von einer Scheiße in die andere gerutscht.“
BILD: Wollen Sie überhaupt weitermachen?
Boy: „Klar habe ich nach den Wettkämpfen spontan daran gedacht, aufzuhören. Aber das entscheide ich in Ruhe im Urlaub auf Ibiza.“
BILD: ...wo Sie mit mit Marcel Nguyen hinfahren!
Boy: „Ja, wir sind richtig gute Freunde, verreisen gemeinsam mit unseren Freundinnen. Gerade für Marcel, der das deutsche Turnen gerettet hat mit seinem Einzel-Silber, freue ich mich riesig. Dennoch hätte auch ich gerne im Finale gestanden.“
BILD: Neben Fabian Hambüchen?
Boy: „Lieber neben Marcel. Natürlich freue ich mich für einen Freund viel mehr, als für jemanden, mit dem ich nicht so befreundet bin.“
BILD: Entscheiden Sie allein über Ihre Zukunft?
Boy: „Nein, ich bespreche das mit meiner Familie. Sie ist das Wichtigste in meinem Leben und steht hinter mir, egal, was ich tue.“
BILD: Macht Turnen mit Dauerschmerzen überhaupt noch Spaß?
Boy: „Ich habe das ganze Jahr nur Schmerzen gehabt, hatte keine drei Tage am Stück frei. Ich war froh, nach den Verletzungen überhaupt dabei zu sein. Ich wollte dann einfach mal Glück haben, aber darauf kann man nicht zählen. Das macht einen fertig. Und wer sagt denn, dass es die nächsten Jahre besser wird.“
BILD: Wären zwei Jahre Pause möglich?
Boy: „Sportlich ja. Zwei Jahre Vorbereitung auf Rio würden reichen. Aber wer bezahlt mir das? Ich war zweimal Vize-Weltmeister und finanziell ist nichts passiert. Kein Sponsor gibt mir Geld, damit ich zwei Jahre in Ruhe gesund werde.“
BILD: Und die Spezialisierung auf ein Gerät?
Boy: „Ich wüsste nicht, auf welches. Reck etwa? Da bräuchte ich vorher eine Gehirnwäsche. Seit meinem Sturz in Stuttgart im November 2011, zerfrisst das meinen Kopf. Da drehst du im Schädel durch und denkst, wie willst du das trainieren, wenn du ‘ne Macke hast? Oder gar eine Olympia-Medaille holen?“