In 2016, I married my wonderful wife Linda Steen. We met in 2010 and she has been a key factor in my successes in my sports career. In October 2018, our sweet son Bert Eize Steen was born. A week later, unfortunately, I had to get on a plane to the World Championship in Doha. That was a difficult time, because this is a time you want to spend with your family. Anyway, it was very good that I became World Champion for the third time at that World Championship, with maybe my best exercise ever. In the spring of 2019, I could again claim the European title in the Polish city Szczecin. The birth of our son had given me wings, that much was clear.
Olympic Games Tokyo
In order to take part in my fourth Olympic Games, I had to qualify at the World Championship in Stuttgart in 2019. We were able to qualify as a team, just like we did for the Olympic Games in 2016, but I also possibly qualified as apparatus specialist on the horizontal bar. Unfortunately, it did not work out that way. My health was playing up again. An alternative route to Tokyo, via the World Cup series, was still open. I had to forego the World Cup in Cottbus, because of my sinusitis. In October, I had a minor surgical intervention. The next World Cup was in Melbourne in January 2020. Despite the short time for preparation, I performed an amazing exercise, and I won the World Cup with a score of 14.900, which ranked me first in the classification. Given that only the first ranked athlete for every apparatus is allowed to participate in the Olympic Games, I need to hold on to that position. There is still one World Cup left, which has been moved to March 2021, due to the corona crisis. At this point in time, that means that I have to make sure I am in top condition at the time of the competition in order to sustain my lead position.