German runner scores modelling job after brutal snub at Olympics

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Alica Schmidt, pictured here on Instagram.
Alica Schmidt has scored a gig as a model after the Tokyo Olympics. Image: Instagram

German runner Alica Schmidt has revealed she's scored a gig as a model for Milan Fashion Week.

The 400m runner, who was part of Germany's track and field squad at the Tokyo Olympics, will walk the runway for Hugo Boss.

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"I'm in a really good mood and I'm really excited because I'm flying to Milan today!" she posted on social media.

“It will definitely be very, very cool days in Milan.

"The 'Hugo Boss Fashion Show' will be on Thursday and I'll be a part of it!"

The 22-year-old revealed last month that she's taking a short break from athletics after she didn't get the chance to run in Tokyo.

Schmidt was overlooked for both the women's and mixed 4x400m relay teams and spent her two weeks in Tokyo watching the action on TV.

She had run a personal best time in the lead-up to the Games, but was disappointed not to be given a chance to show her stuff on the global stage.

“Not gonna lie, I’m not satisfied with my races this year,” she wrote in August.

“I’ve worked harder than ever before day in day out pushed my limits in every workout and made so many sacrifices.

"It was not an easy year with my Covid infection and torn ligaments but nevertheless, I know what I am capable of and I’m hungry for more.

“Now, I’m going to take a break and I’m looking forward to coming back feeling fresh and ready to train hard again.”

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Schmidt thanked her fans for their support despite her Olympics heartache.

“I’m so grateful for all of the love and support that I have been receiving on this journey,” she wrote on Instagram.

“Now I can’t wait to cheer on my girls today and hope that we can make it into the Olympic final."

The 22-year-old still admitted she enjoyed her Olympic experience in Tokyo and was looking to make it back to the pinnacle of sport.

Schmidt has become a social media superstar since bursting onto the athletics scene, amassing over 2.4 million followers on Instagram.

Alica Schmidt, pictured here at the European Athletics U23 Championships in 2019.
Alica Schmidt (second from left) at the European Athletics U23 Championships in 2019. (Photo by Oliver Hardt/Getty Images for European Athletics)

She recently revealed she has received offers to pose for Playboy after a number of publications labelled her the 'world's sexiest athlete'.

“I do not know why I got this title. Sport comes clearly first,” she said last year.

“There are thousands of girls on Instagram who look good but having many fans doesn’t make you interesting.

“That's just competitive sport for me.”

Schmidt was a star at junior level and won silver in the 4x400 relay at the Under-20 European Championships in 2017.

She also won bronze in the same event at the Under-23 European Championships in 2019.

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