Eric Frenzel and his family live almost in the middle of nowhere – in the heart of Germany’s Upper Palatinate Forest. The winner of getting on for 50 World Cup events and Olympic gold medallist in 2014 and 2018, made an excellent choice when he found this remote place. International top-class sport and countryside idyll – how can that fit together?
Very well indeed. After all, Frenzel is a champion when it comes to combining different things. Starting with his sport, Nordic Combined, a mixture of cross-country skiing and ski jumping. ‘The action and the tingling sensation before each jump. And alternating the jumps with skiing on trails through snowbound forests. For me, it’s the ultimate sport on skis.’ The skiing star has to travel a lot, and is hardly ever at home in winter, and he enjoys the thrills of tough competition as much as he loves being with his family. That he manages to bring these two sides of his life together so well is due to another good combination – this time, it’s technical, and made by Viessmann.
Around a year ago, Frenzel had a small gym built right next to the family’s home. Whenever the winter sportsman needs it, the combination of Vitoplanar electric underfloor heating and space-saving infrared panel heaters soon brings the gym up to the ideal temperature for training – with environmentally-friendly and energy- efficient technology. ‘As I only train here at certain times, the building soon warms up and the combination ensures that energy consumption is kept to a minimum.’ explains Eric Frenzel. His new gym with a shower and a sauna lets him conveniently work through his training schedule with programmes specially developed by his trainers. ‘I used to have to drive all the way to a fitness centre. Now I can leave the car here, have more time for the family and I can keep my environmental footprint small.’
The exceptional athlete also cares for the environment when it comes to electricity: You can see the solar panels of a large-scale photovoltaic system on the roof of a neighbouring barn. At present, the power it generates is fed into the local grid, but Frenzel’s future plans already foresee an integrated battery storage system to supply ‘home-grown’ energy to cover the family’s needs on demand.