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Ullrich: I guess Gaby is more than a girlfriend(4 posts)

Ullrich: I guess Gaby is more than a girlfriendNeedSpeed
Jul 2, 2003 9:38 AM
Saw this on this morning. After the birth of their daughter, Jan apparently spilled the beans about the nature of their relationship.

Here's Jan's quote and then the link:

"I could dance on clouds," said a delighted Ullrich. "These hours will never be forgotten; Sarah Maria's birth gives me more motivation for the Tour de France, and as I fly to Paris, my thoughts are with my wife and daughter."
mistranslation? nmKristin
Jul 2, 2003 10:01 AM
I think so . . .ms
Jul 2, 2003 11:52 AM
Jan's announcement on his website states the following:

"ich bin der glücklichste Mensch der Welt! Heute, am Dienstag um 15.08 Uhr, brachte meine Freundin Gaby in der Freiburger Uni-Klinik unsere Tochter Sarah Maria zur Welt."

My rough translation is: "I am the happiest man in the world, Today, on Tuesday at 3:08 p.m., my FRIEND Gaby brought our daughter Sarah Maria into the world at the Freiburg Uni-Klinik."

If Gaby were his wife, I would expect that she would have been identified as "meine Frau" as opposed to "meine Freundin."

Caveat: My translation is based upon three years of high school German classes between 1972 and 1975. My recollection of the language in the 28 years since I last took a German class probably has dimmed and it is possible that idiomatic expressions for girlfiends/wives that were not used in 1975 may have developed.
You're spot-on. (nm)brider
Jul 2, 2003 12:06 PM