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Olympic hopeful Alica Schmidt has thousands of followers sprinting to see her workout videos.
The 400m runner says “sport clearly comes first” in her career despite becoming a social influencer with her 1.5million Instagram fans after being named the Sexiest Athlete in the World.
But the 22-year-old’s training regimes are wowing audiences beyond athletics aficionados.
And the German’s weightlifting ability also looks beyond that of most armchair observers as she mixes up her solo sprint routines with body-toning.
Australian magazine Busted Coverage elevated Schmidt to celebrity status by handing her the baton of sexiest athlete three years ago.
But such treatment seems to sit a little uneasily with one of Germany’s top starlets of the track.
“I do not know why I got this title. Sport comes clearly first,” she has said.
“There are thousands of girls on Instagram who look good and still do not have as many fans.”
And in fact she was far more ecstatic when her country was able to relax coronavirus restrictions last summer.
Schmidt posted on social media: “I can finally train on the track again. The last month I did everything alone or in pairs outside.
“I am so happy to be able to train in the stadium again as usual even if nature was not that bad for the training session!”
It’s uncertain how the Tokyo Olympics being held over from 2020 to this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic will affect her selection chances.
And the whole event is still in doubt, with the International Olympic Committee only meeting for the first time in 2021 on Wednesday.
Schmidt’s sprinting is still developing, having first emerged on the world scene with relay silver in the European Under-20 Championships four years ago.
But if it progresses as quickly as her social media standing then perhaps a golden career could be to come.
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