On the tracks and on the gram, Alica is bossing ’em. The 19-year old world athletic contender is truly spectacular!
With a decent number of honors, including a super-impressive silver medal for Germany in 2017’s European Athletics Under-20 Championships, this lady is not slowing down. Plus she has been endorsed by sportswear giants, Puma. On Instagram, she has over 260K followers, which is a huge rise from her 30K followers last year.
In addition to all these, Alica is rated the “Sexiest Athlete in the World”.
But there is a life story to Alica…more to this hottie, off the tracks. With this interview, you’ll get to hear her story–just as she told it to INfleur…
INfleur: Tell us a bit about your childhood, family, school, hometown etc. What were
your aspirations as a child? Did they lead you to becoming a runner?
Alica: “I was always running. As a little child, my parents sometimes would ask me to walk instead of running, but I just couldn’t”.
I loved to move and to be as fast as I could. My dad used to do athletics and so it came natural to join an athletics club, which I did when I was seven years old.
INfleur: Anything you do for fun? Hobbies? Favourite meal? Music? Do you often get
a break from running? Does running get stressful?
Alica: Apart from doing track&field, I love to meet up with my best friends and go shopping. I also enjoy very much to eat out at some nice Asian restaurant. My all-time favorite is Sushi (only beaten by a piece of delicious chocolate!).
INfleur: So to the main question: How did you become an athlete? Which athletes
Alica: Running always felt natural and was fun. As my father was a passionate track&field athlete, I enjoyed very much going for a run with him. My favorite athletes are Allyson Felix and Sydney McLaughlin.
Sydney Mclaughlin is a youngster (only 19 years old) but competed already at the Olympic Games over 400m hurdles. Her personal best is 52.75s, which is insane! She has achieved so much and is only at the beginning of her career.
Allyson Felix is an experienced athlete who runs 200m & 400m (32 years old). She won every title in the world. She is simply an icon!
“I was always running. As a little child, my parents sometimes would ask me to walk instead of running, but I just couldn’t”.
INfleur: What were some of the challenges you faced when you first started? Were
friends and family supportive? Did you want to/ were you under any pressures
to do anything else aside this?
Alica: “I‘m so glad that I didn‘t feel any pressure from my parents. They were really supportive and they would have cheered for me, even if I would have come in last”.
They are still attending my competitions, if they are not too far from their home and even though it makes me a bit more nervous knowing them within the cheering crowd, I very much appreciate their support.
I believe their relaxed attitude towards my sports helped me a great deal to always enjoy the trainings and competitions. Otherwise, I might have lost motivation.
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INfleur: At 19, you sure have achieved a lot. How is the feeling? What is your biggest
achievement so far?
Alica: “My biggest achievement is the Silver medal with the 4×400 relay during the European U20 Championships last year in Grosseto”. I have won a Silver also this year over 400m hurdles in the German Championships U23, but an international title simply counts more and winning with my relay team also made it very special, because team moments are rare and precious.
“I‘m so glad that I didn‘t feel any pressure from my parents. They were really supportive and they would have cheered for me, even if I would have come in last”.
INfleur: What goes through your mind yourself before a race? Got any race day
Alica: My preparation is always the same and having a ritual and a routine calms me down. Until an hour before the race, I am very nervous, but the closer it gets, the more focused I become. The seconds before the starting signal, I don’t notice much except the track and the my fellow runners.
INfleur: We see you are very fit and your body looks great too. Can you share some
brief fitness tips with us?
Alica: I try to eat clean, but I do not avoid anything. Training strength combined with my running units, are good recipe to maintain my weight and figure. Even though, I love protein snacks, I sometimes can’t resists a yummy desert, and I don’t care much, knowing the next unit will soon.
INfleur: What’s the worst thing that has happened over the course of your career?
Alica: The worst thing that happened to me was an injury in my lower back, that deprived me for 3 months from doing sports. Just felt terrible.
I try to eat clean, but I do not avoid anything. Training strength combined with my running units, are good recipe to maintain my weight and figure.
INfleur: Let’s get a bit personal. Are you seeing anyone? Any celebrity crushes? How
do you balance your love/family life with your job?
Alica: I absolutely love Gossip Girl, I have seen the series over 10 times. I watch it is when I feel a bit blue, I watch it when I am happy and just want something nice and entertaining before I go to sleep. The character I enjoy the most is Chuck Bass (Ed Westwick). I think, it‘s the combination of good and bad boy which makes that every girl loves him.
INfleur: Maybe a little secret. Let us in on something your fans/followers don’t
know about you
Alica: “When I was younger, I was absolutely unhappy with my looks and I also had a low self-esteem, because I felt I was too skinny”. Sports changed it all. With training my strength and running, I learned to accept and appreciate my body. But sports not only changed my looks, above all it changed my character, made me mentally stronger and tougher.
“When I was younger, I was absolutely unhappy with my looks and I also had a low self-esteem, because I felt I was too skinny. Sports changed it all…”
INfleur: So what is the goal for 2018? Anything big coming up? Something you
would like to share with us?
Alica: This year, my season is already over, so I don‘t have any goals for 2018, but next year, I want to come back stronger after my injury and train even harder.
INfleur: Finally, a piece of advice or thoughts to your fans/followers
“Do what makes you happy and don‘t care about what other people think about what you are doing. Surround yourself with good people, act positive and work hard?”
Alica Schmidt, 2018