06 Sep 1989
Clemens wanted to be a professional volleyball athlete from the first mo-ment of his sport life. He made his way from under-age medalist direct to the seniors and is now since 2001 known as a hard an outgoing opponent. Off the court he likes to stay with his young family, daughter Lilli helps him to come down after a hard training or tournament. He also spends a lot of time with his friends playing computer games or poker.
Clemens suffered three big knee-injuries in his career, but managed to come back each time. #comebackstronger
The most successful beach professional of Austria is totally focused on Beach Volleyball. The goal is: Gold, Silver, Bronze in Rio16.
Clemens was born in Steyr (OÖ) a small volleyball capital of the region and stayed in volleyball facilities from the first moments of his life.
As skinny and tall player his way from a local hero to the best Austrian Indoor team and of course the Nationalteam didn´t take long. He played Champions League and made the way to the Final Four.
In summer, he didn´t go for vacations, he played Beach Volleyball. 2001 he took Silver at the under 23 European Championships and was awarded with a wildcard for the seniors , where he finished 4th two weeks later.
2002 he took the opportunity to play with Nik Berger as a professional. They trained a lot in Rome and already in 2003 they finished first at the European Championships in Antalya (Tur). As Nr. 7 of the world they easily qualified for the Olympic Games, before an knee-injury stopped his was.
From 2006-2008 he teamed up with Peter Gartmayer, and crowned this partnership with European Gold in Valencia and the 9th place at the Olym-pics in Bejing. After the retirement of his partner, he had to find a new player on his side and decided for Matthias Mellitzer, an indoor professional and nearly freshman on the beach. In 2010 he also made his way to the European podium, missing the swing for gold, they took silver.
After a difficult year in 2011 Clemens saw his only chance to qualify for the Olympics by changing partner and teamed up with Alex Horst from 2012 on. They reached their goal London 2012 by taking the final ticket in the Continental Cup. At the home European Championships in Klagenfurt 2013 everything was prepared for another European-Medal for Clemens, but after a contact at the net, his knee and dream was destroyed for the third time. But 10 month later in Cagliari he stepped on the European Po-dium again, taking Bronze!
There is still one big goal to be achieved – an Olympic Medal! Gold Silver Bronze!!!