Alica Schmidt: the 400 meter runner with the social media hype

Her Instagram story reads in English: "Guys, I have the best news ever!" Alica Schmidt has tears of joy in her eyes when she tells her approximately three million followers that she will take part in the home EM.

"That was the big, big goal of this year. I knew it was going to be hard to get there, so I'm so thrilled and proud that I made it. All that sweat, pain, tears and hard work was it definitely worth it. You guys have no idea how much this means to me," she says into her phone camera.

Semi-final was the highest of feelings

By taking part in the European Championships, she finally proves that she can belong to the extended world elite. Because she's still a few tenths of a second behind the top athletes on the stadium lap. In Munich she qualified for the semi-finals, where she had no chance. In the 4x400 meter relay she will compete with Mona Mayer from Regensburg, Carolina Krafzik (Sindelfingen) and Luna Thiel (Hanover).

Model, influencer, runner

In addition to her sporting achievements, she also draws attention to herself as a model and Instagram star. The 23-year-old has highly paid advertising contracts. The media hype about her began in 2017 after an Australian magazine named her "the sexiest runner in the world" - within a few days she gained 800,000 new followers. Today, 3.2 million follow her social media presence. For comparison: Olympic long jump champion Malaika Mihambo is followed by 161,000 people.

Alica Schmidt: "I see myself as an athlete"

The sprinter from SC Charlottenburg is one of the best 400-meter runners in Germany. She won silver at the German indoor championships in Leipzig at the end of February and sprinted to bronze at the German finals in Berlin at the end of June. "I see myself as an athlete and not as an influencer and I'm glad that I'm now perceived as such," explains Schmidt in the Sportschau interview. Her goal for the European Championship at home is to run the stadium circuit in under 52 seconds.