In an interview with the online magazine "Countdown", Olympian and TUD student Tom Liebscher reveals what matters in Olympic competitions, how he balances his studies and his sport, and what his plans for the future are.

Tom Liebscher is not only studying transport engineering at the "Friedrich List" Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences at TU Dresden, he is also a competitive kayak athlete. At the 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo, he won gold in the men's kayak four over 500 meters. The fact that he can focus on sports and study at the same time is made possible by a sports scholarship, among other things.

The competitive athlete decided to study traffic engineering because he could immediately "imagine something under the course of studies," as he explains in an interview with "Countdown," a magazine on career choices. Traffic as a part of everyday life and the combination of theory and practice in the course of study also convinced him of the study course. After graduating and following his active career as an athlete, the 28-year-old would like to work on better and more efficient networking of transport modes.

How he trains and what supports and accompanies him in sports and studies can be read in the interview of "Countdown".

Sports Scholarship at TU Dresden

All students who are enrolled at the TU Dresden and who participate in competitive sports parallel to their studies are welcome to apply. The requirement is good academic performance, which indicates a successful course of studies, coupled with excellent performance in sports, which must be proven at the level of membership in the state squad or comparable performance squads. In addition, social or community involvement or a commitment to university sports at the TU Dresden are desirable.

The TUD sports scholarship has a modular structure in order to ideally meet the needs of the scholarship holders. It provides financial support of 300 euros per month as well as modularly selectable assistance for competition fees, nutrition or sports equipment in an amount of up to 2,400 euros per year, which can be compiled according to the requirements in the context of the application on the corresponding form. The scholarship is initially awarded for one year, with the possibility of extension. The same application must be submitted for extensions as for new applications.

Becoming Traffic Engineer

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Tom Liebscher

A young athletic man holding an olympic gold medal
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Tom Liebscher, born in 1993 in Dresden, is a German competitive athlete, sports soldier and student at the TU Dresden. In the summer of 2021, he won gold at the 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo in the four-man kayak. He is studying transport engineering at the "Friedrich List" Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences and is a sports scholarship holder at TU Dresden.