We are delighted to announce the return of Janne Müller-Wieland to GRYPHON. Janne, Germany’s captain and an extremely experienced player boasts over 300 International Caps for her country. She has represented Germany for over 12 years and played in Beijing, London and the Rio Olympic Games. With Tokyo on the horizon and events around the world under speculation, Janne is currently preparing for her 4th Olympic Games. Her goals, right now: be able to compete at the Olympics at all!
“I always played with GRYPHON growing up and during my first Olympics. I loved the sticks, the quality and the shape. Their power and touch are special and as far as I know unique.
I had great memories of my time with GRYPHON and therefore GRYPHON was the only stick brand I could imagine changing to. I like the combination of world class products and a down-to-earth mentality. Unfortunately GRYPHON hasn’t been very present in the German market recently, which I will hope will change again now, as German hockey players are really missing out on sticks of a top brand.”
Aside from hockey, Janne believes in the importance of having a life outside of hockey. She graduated with an MBA in Corporate Management from the HSBA Hamburg school of Business & Administration, and a bachelor before that. In her spare time, Janne enjoys travel, squash and others sports, and taking time out to learn and read.
Tell us about a key part part of your preparation that helps to perform?
“My preparation includes more than just hockey, fitness or hockey related things. It’s important to get the balance right – when to do something that hasn’t got anything to do with hockey, when to challenge your brain with other tasks, when to eat, sleep, train right, when and how to train your mental strengths etc.”
Photos taken by JanVanzyl Photography
What inspires you to live you Hockey life everyday?
I just love the game, I love competing at the highest level and I love being part of a team that constantly develops and strives for the best. You are never perfect and you are never there, theres always that 1% you can improve somewhere, which makes it so special.
What motivates you to push your limits when in the grind?
You have to know what you are doing it for. And without the “lows”, the highs wouldn’t be there and wouldn’t be so special. Also, I think it helps to see other things in life which actually puts things into perspective. It could always be worse. What we are allowed to do and experience is an absolute privilege, even the “grind” bits.
What is the hardest challenge you’ve had to overcome in sport?
There is not that one “hardest challenge”. I’ve had an injury which cost me the World Cup, I’ve lost big games we should’ve won, I’ve struggled after Olympics that could’ve been so successful, but ended up being disappointing, I’ve had issues with coaches, I’ve suffered with friends and team mates who had big injuries or weren’t selected… All of them weren’t nice experiences, but in the end they all make you stronger.
We are stoked to be supporting Janne again, and wish her all the best in the rest of her International career and beyond!