Nadja Drygalla

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Nadja Drygalla (born 31 March 1989 in Rostock) is a German rower who competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics.[1]


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,[2] and was a candidate for the National Democratic Party at the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern state election, 2011.[3][4][5][6]

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.[7][8] In a public statement she distanced herself from far-right views.[9]


  1. ^ "Nadja Drygalla". Retrieved 3 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "German rower leaves Olympics over 'Nazi boyfriend' allegations" Reuters/The Guardian. 3 August 2012
  3. ^ "Drygallas NPD-Freund feuerte Ruderin in London an" (in German). Focus Online. 2012-08-03. Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  4. ^ "Nazi-Skandal – Minister Friedrich schaltet sich ein" (in German). Welt Online. Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  5. ^ "Ruderin Drygalla verlässt Olympiateam wegen NPD-Kontakten" (in German). Die Zeit. Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  6. ^ "Der Fall Nadja Drygalla sorgt für ganz andere olympische Schlagzeilen" (in German). Märkische Allgemeine. Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  7. ^ Annika Breidthardt. "German rower leaves village over far-right ties". Reuters/ Retrieved 3 August 2012. 
  8. ^ "German rower leaves London after ties to neo-Nazis surface". Retrieved 3 August 2012. 
  9. ^ "Drygalla distanziert sich von rechtsextremer Ideologie". Retrieved 6 August 2012. 

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