Fatal accident of Georgian luger at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver:
The fatal accident of Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritaschwili cast a dark shadow over the Olympic Village. Jörg, as well as his Russian chaplain colleague and the medical team, was asked to provide pastoral care for the Georgian team. At that tragic moment there were also other olympic teams that saw the great need for somebody who could provide pastoral care for athletes. One female luger still met with Jörg even days after the accident in order to be able to process the tragic event.
Death of an athlete’s grandfather during the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver:
One athlete had to deal with the sudden loss of his grandfather during the Olympics. Jörg had already known the athlete before the start of the Olympics. In moments like these, athletes look for people they can trust and confide in. Many athletes cannot get themselves to set foot in a church service. But through personal talks and prayers, Jörg was able to stand by this young athlete who had to cope with the pain of losing his grandfather and the pressure of competition all at the same time.
Example of inter-denominational collaboration amongst chaplains:
The Catholic Father Bernhard Maier has been part of the Austrian olympic delegation – for both Winter and Summer Olympics – for 24 years already.
Jörg and Father Bernhard got to know one another during the past two Winter Olympics and were able to work together very well. They met for prayer and bible studies with the athletes. Jörg was invited to attend the Catholic mass and Father Bernhard attended the inter-denominational service. They became a really good team. The German delegation, too, has a Catholic as well as an Evangelical Priest on board.
St. Moritz, 2003
In 2003, I (Jörg) was asked to be an inter-denominational sports chaplain at the Ski World Championship in St. Moritz when I was still in the middle of my studies with Fuller Theological Seminary.
At the Nordic Ski World Championships 2011 in Oslo/Norway, Jörg experienced several highlights.