A Danish business minded mechanical engineering student, runner, boxer, football fan, Latin music lover, world traveler and passionately curious.
The following article was published on the 22nd of May at BoxingNews24.com.
By Andreas Strøjer Tynan Schmidt: In 1013, the Danish Vikings and the Englishmen settled a battle that had been going on for years and eventually ended in the capital of England, London. The Danish Vikings were led by a strong and brutal Viking warrior, King Sweyn Forkbeard, who ironically had English blood running through his veins.
Now, exactly one thousand years later, another great battle will take place this Saturday in the same city, as IBF super middleweight champion Carl Froch (30-2, 22 KO’s) takes on WBA super middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler (46-2, 35 KO’s) in a highly anticipated boxing rematch. An Englishmen receiving a Dane that calls himself the Viking Warrior, who, as Sweyn Forkbeard, is part English himself. The similarities are many. Both men have similar stories coming up to this fight, having fought weaker opposition the last couple of years since losses and injuries broke their earlier rhythms. Both men are also walking in the shadow of the super middleweight king, Andre Ward, and have each lost twice to the best opposition they could find in the division. There can be no doubt whether these two men are the very best of the weight class just after Ward. So where do they differentiate?
Boludez! bullshit!, my Argentine friend says when he sees a big picture with the following text:
No se trata de estudiar, sino de aprender.
It’s not about studying, it’s about learning.
We are walking in the streets of Buenos Aires, Argentina, when we bump into an advertisement for a local university. I give him right, it looks like some typical university PR, which doesn’t have any deeper substance.
I am a few days away from starting a new semester of my mechanical engineering degree that I’m originally doing at the Technical University of Denmark, just outside of Copenhagen. But this semester is different, I’m doing it in my favorite city, Buenos Aires. As implied, this is not my first time in the Argentine capital as I’ve already lived here before. At the same time, this is the reason I returned with the obvious advantage of speaking the language fluently and therefore gaining more from the courses, while having a chance to get an even closer look and understanding of Argentine mentality and culture from the inside.
The days before starting a fresh semester also makes me think about what happened to the last one done, the semester that ended a month and a half ago. Did I just study for nothing - or did I actually learn something? Was the words on the ad bullshit or was there something about it?
In boxing, the least important are the punches - Sergio “Maravilla” Martínez
If you entered this blog thinking it was somehow related to the Jack Nicholson movie from 2002, you’ll be terrible devastated for what I’m about to tell you. It is not related to the Jack Nicholson movie from 2002.
The thing is, Schmidt is my last name and this blog is about my universe. So about Schmidt.
I’m Andreas Schmidt, I’m 23 years old and I live in the capital of Denmark, studying mechanical engineering. I’m obsessed with sports, doing them, watching them. My whole life I’ve played football (soccer) until I finally realized my body was not built for it. Instead I box, run, weight lift. But I also love technology and engineering, understanding what’s going on, knowing what will go on in the future and maybe even contribute to that. And oh, I love travelling the world.
But what’s so special about me, why would I want to write about it. You see, I think a lot and I do a lot. I love to be inspired, motivated and hear from people with excellent points. It may be in sports, in terms of business or in the field of engineering and technology. But most importantly, I love looking at the big picture - everything around me. I get thrilled if my big picture, my universe expands or moves even just a bit.
The world is not one thing, it’s subjective and there’s over 7 billions of them today. So expanding or moving one of those worlds does make a difference, even if it’s just a tiny one.
I believe I can change the world.