RHINELANDER - A new gymnast finds himself in the Northwoods, all the way from Germany.
Oliver Ebrecht isn't used to being a gymnastics coach. He's used to being the gymnast, back in Germany.
"Sadly I got told that there's no boys gymnastics team. I still thought that I could maybe join this team and maybe coach or help them out and this is what I'm doing here now," said Ebrecht.
He has embraced his coaching position at Rhinelander High School.
"A team is working together and as a coach, I have to care about the team and manage what they do and help them," said Ebrecht.
Ebrecht is from Bavaria, Germany and is a foreign exchange student at Rhinelander High School this year.
"I'm from a 290,000 [person] city so this is quite new to me. It's new to live in a smaller city but the nature and the hunting is all really different,' said Ebrecht.
Coach Heather Sturtevant is happy to have Oliver's help.
"He's very outgoing, he's really jumped right in with the girls and being a part of our group," said Sturtevant.
But sometimes, things get lost in translation.
"Our big mat, he calls a mattress. So it was 'bring over the big mattress' and we said 'what?' and then 'oh, now we know what you mean'," said Sturtevant.
Once they know what he means, he then whips them into shape.
"He's really taking conditioning to a whole other level. He wants these girls to be really strong like he is. There's been days where he's said 'can I please have the girls for the last half hour?' and I've said 'have at it'," said Sturtevant.