Former German national coach returns to the Olympics as a volunteer
16 August 2004
Athens: Former German National Coach Ursula Klinger, returns to the Olympic Diving scene as a volunteer after beating life-threatening cancer.
The 56-year-old will support the Athens 2004 Diving competition Manager, Georgia Fyrigou and her team during the next two weeks.
Before retiring from the top coaching position two years ago, Klinger had been the head coach of the German National team for 26 years.
Only a few months later Klinger learned that she suffered from Leukemia and was forced limit her involvement in the sport to a minimum. Having participated in every Olympic Games since 1976 as a coach, she accepted the offer from Fyrigou to work as a volunteer to consult for the Olympic Diving competition with delight.
"I did not even think about that anything could be wrong, and when the doctor told me, I just did not want to believe it. Only when he said that without treatment I would have about 14 months left, I realised how serious the situation was," Klinger said.
Klinger is one of 1,743 volunteers at the Olympic Aquatics Complex.
From: Athens 2004