Weightlifter Matthias Steiner Just Dropped His First Pop Single and It’s Straight Fire

Well, Matthias Steiner can add “pop singer” to his long list of accomplishments — last night, the world-renowned and gold medal-winning Olympic weightlifter dropped his first single, “Zurückgeliebt,” and it’s everything we could have wanted. The title translates to “loved back,” but given the lyrical content, “loved back to life” could be a more accurate description.

We’ll admit we were very surprised when one of Olympic weightlifting’s most memorable athletes turned up in our newsfeeds singing a pop ballad, but Steiner has a serious set of pipes on him. Take a look at the official video below.

The visuals are pretty straightforward: Steiner sings in a tunnel full of enchanting yellow lights, he sings leaning against a brick wall, and he stands still and alone in a bustling crowd on fast forward.

Image via Telamo – Wir lieben Schlager on YouTube

As he sings, two lovers frolic around Cologne, Germany, canoodling at various landmarks, gazing into each other’s eyes, and dancing around in circles.

Image via Telamo – Wir lieben Schlager on YouTube

We had Nicole Hansalik, one of BarBend’s German speaking contributors, listen to the song and translate some of the most notable lyrics below.

Du hast mich zurück ins Leben geliebt. “You loved me back to life.”

Du hast mich wach geküsst. “You kissed me awake.”

Kein mutt. Kein plan. Keine Hoffnungen mehr. Doch in deinen Armen da fang ich neu zu leben an. “No courage. No plan. No hopes anymore. Though in your arms I start to live again.”

Serious fans of Matthias Steiner may have noticed that the lyrics could be reflecting some of his own history. Two years after he married Susann Steiner in 2005, she died in a tragic car accident. In a 2008 interview, he described his emotional state at the time.

It’s hard to describe. You think you’ve got your life figured out, I was completely focused on the Olympic Games, my wife was studying, she had her career in front of her. Then, one day it’s just over.

Though he considered quitting the sport, he found the courage to persevere with his training and ultimately won gold in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing with a 258kg clean & jerk in the +105kg category.

The win was one of the most emotionally charged we’ve ever seen and Steiner dedicated his victory to his late wife, holding up a picture of her on the podium after accepting his gold medal.

In 2010, he remarried to German television journalist Inge Posmyk, and in a Google Plus post,  Steiner confirmed that “Zurückgeliebt” is about Posmyk “loving him back to life” after his tragic loss.

Today, Steiner lives with his wife and child and is an accomplished motivational speaker, TV host, author, and now singer. In 2016, he wrote Das Steiner Prinzip (The Steiner Principles) about how he lost one hundred pounds in one year.

According to his Facebook, Steiner’s first full-length album will be released on April 14th. We’re waiting on pins and needles. (And seriously hoping for a workout song.)

Featured image via Telamo – Wir lieben Schlager on YouTube.
BarBend would like to sincerely thank Nicole Hansalik for her translation help with this article. 

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