Varnkevitz is located on the north coast of the island of Rügen, a stone's throw west of Cape Arkona.

The remote stretch of land not far from the imposing steep banks has only seven properties.

Three properties serve as holiday homes, the others are inhabited all year round.

Meinhard Nehmer, the legendary bobsleigh pilot, is one of seven locals living there.

After the Second World War, his parents moved from the vicinity of Stettin to the solitude of Western Pomerania.

The handshake of the multiple Olympic champion and world champion is as strong as ever.

The former javelin thrower, who became the most successful bobsledder in history after only two winters, can still be seen that he must have cut a brilliant figure as an athlete.

He still lends a hand every day, there is a lot to do on his spacious farm with fruit trees, vegetable patches and flower beds.

“I have to keep fit,” says the good-humored host, explaining his restlessness.

On Wednesday he will complete his eighth decade.


Mr. Taken, does it still tingle in your hands?