After flying back to Germany, Olympic athlete Natalie Geisenberger recalled her uneasy decision to join the Games on February 17 on the ZDFheute Nachrichten with Markus Lanz. Despite China’s human rights records and the poor treatment during her training there, she decided that she would “go there for two weeks, do my job, go home, and never go back to China.”
In the first interview after coming home, on February 18th, as quoted by Süddeutsche Zeitung, Geisenberger said: “It’s just not a holiday destination for me, and I wouldn’t go to China for a World Cup either.”
The German luge player added that her decision had nothing to do with the Covid-19 pandemic and she came to China only because the IOC had decided that the Olympics would take place in Beijing.
At a press conference on February 9, when being asked about human rights in China, she said that one had to be careful when, where and what he said. She added that she would made some comments after her return, but there it’d better that one not to say too much.
According to The Associated Press, Geisenberger previously mentioned about her training in China that she had to spend several days in quarantine because of sharing the same flight with someone who tested positive for Covid-19. According to local quarantine rules, she could not be allowed out of her room for several days other than for training sessions.
“The conditions that we experienced there speak in favor of not necessarily going back there again,” Geisenberger told German broadcaster BR in December.
She continued to participate in the Beijing Olympics and won gold later on February 8th. On February 10th, she had won a gold medal in the luge team relay marking her sixth Olympic gold medal.