During the 2012 Summer Olympics, The Guardian claimed that her boyfriend is a leading member of the Rostock National Socialists, a far-right wing group inclined towards Neo-Nazism, and was a candidate for the National Democratic Party at the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern state election, 2011.
Drygalla had already finished competing as part of the women's rowing eight team, her only event. She left of her own accord after a 90-minute conversation with officials from the German Olympic delegation. In a public statement she distanced herself from far-right views.
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