Xeno Muller Speaker Profile
Swiss Rower and Olympic Gold Medalist
Xeno Muller Biography
Xeno Muller was born August 7, 1972 in Zurich and is a Swiss rower and Olympic gold medallist.
His first international appearance was at the 1990 Junior World Rowing Championships - winning bronze in his single scull (1x).
He first competed at the senior level in 1991, and at the age of 19, finished 11th at the World Rowing Championships in Vienna in the single scull. At the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, he just missed making the finals, finishing fourth in the semi-finals (3 to advance). MÃ¼ller chose not to start the petite (consolation) finals for places 7 through 12 because of a back injury. In 1994 and 1995, he finished 2nd and 6th, respectively, at the World Championships.
During this period, MÃ¼ller began studying at Brown University in the United States. He helped lead Brown to an undefeated season and a national championship in 1993 in the eight man boat. Following this collegiate victory and his subsequent disappointing finish at the 1993 World Championships in the double scull event, MÃ¼ller decided to concentrate solely on the single scull. This decision created friction between MÃ¼ller and the then coach at Brown Steve Gladstone.
In 1994 MÃ¼ller was the first ever single sculler rowing the 2000 meters in a time way below 6.40. MÃ¼ller showed a first dominating season in his single with winning the Overall FISA Rowing World Cup and World Cup Races in Paris with a time of 6.38, Lucerne with a new 'Rotsee' record also below 6.40 and the Diamond Sculls at Henley Royal Regatta. Only at the World Championships he was defeated by the german AndrÃ© Willms.
After spending two years in Providence, Rhode Island attending Brown and rowing his single scull, MÃ¼ller moved to Newport Beach, California which offered a better climate for year round training. He also met his future wife in Newport.
MÃ¼ller won gold in the single scull at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. MÃ¼ller won the race with a strong finish. He was 3 seconds down and in fourth place at the 1000 meter mark (half way) and he moved up to third and just 1 second down with 500 meters to go. MÃ¼ller then launched a devastating drive to the line. He won decisively besting Derek Porter who had led the whole race, and his childhood hero, and two-time Olympic Champion Thomas Lange who finished third. MÃ¼ller's last 500 was the fastest 500 meter split time of the day. His time of 6:44.85 is still the current Olympic record.
Following his Olympic victory, MÃ¼ller took a year off from rowing. In 1998, he won two World Cup race besting future rival Rob Waddell. But at the World Rowing Championships, Waddell had the best race of his life pushing MÃ¼ller back to second. In the pre-season to the 1998 rowing calendar, Waddell set a world record on the indoor rowing machine, which measures the amount of energy he was able to produce in a simulated rowing event. In 1999, Waddell went on to sweep the World Cup races and the World Championships, MÃ¼ller getting second each time.
Leading up to the 2000 Sydney Olympics, MÃ¼ller entered World Cup race in Vienna, where he finally beat Waddell after four consecutive second place finishes. MÃ¼ller did not enter any other preliminary races, and Waddell won the World Cup race in Lucerne. Between the 1996 Olympics and the 2000 Olympics, MÃ¼ller's record against Waddell was 3 out of 7.
Both Waddell and MÃ¼ller won all of their preliminary heats leading up to the Olympic finals. In the finals, in addition to his rival two-time reigning World Champion Rob Waddell, MÃ¼ller faced former World Champion and Olympic silver medalist Derek Porter and rising star Marcel Hacker. It was the closest men's single scull final ever. They battled down the course with the lead changing several times. MÃ¼ller gained the lead in the last 1000 meters. But Waddell stayed with him. They battled down the course, just a few feet separate them. Gradually Waddell wore MÃ¼ller down, passing him in the sprint. Despite having a chest cold, MÃ¼ller continued to hang tough and held on for the silver medal. Hacker finished third and a disappointed Porter finished fourth. Just over two seconds - the length of a boat - separated first from fourth place.
Having lived in the United States since 1992 (and attending Brown University) MÃ¼ller became a naturalized citizen of the United States in early 2004. He then announced he would trial for the US team for the Athens Olympics. He had won all of the preliminary trial races. However just before the start of the final set of trials, there were a number of high-profile killings of foreigners in Iraq as part of the Iraq War, and Americans were believed to be potential targets for violence at the Olympics by al Quida.
MÃ¼ller currently runs an indoor rowing studio, called The Iron Oarsman, in Orange County, California and is a goodwill ambassador for the sport of rowing. At this time, he is the sole producer of indoor rowing workout DVDs.
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