blow of fate. This is how Samuel Koch is doing 12 years after the “Wetten, dass…?” accident.

His desire to be the king of betting on “Wetten, dass ..?” almost cost him his life. On December 4, 2010, Samuel Koch fell so badly during his bet that he has been paraplegic ever since. how is he today

“Wetten, dass…?” fans will probably never forget December 4, 2010.

That’s when Samuel Koch made a bet that he could somersault over five oncoming cars using jumping shoes.

Disaster strikes on the fourth jump: Koch falls, hitting his head on the edge of the roof and then on the ground – in front of the audience and presenters Thomas Gottschalk and Michelle Hunziker.

The then acrobat and drama student’s life changed in a matter of seconds.

“It hasn’t always been easy since then”

“I hit my head on a car and broke my neck four times. It hasn’t always been easy since then. But possible.”

These lines are on Samuel Koch’s website. In an interview with “Bild” two years ago, he talked about the night that completely changed his life.

He is annoyed that he forgot his “favorite training jacket in the ZDF dressing room”. “Otherwise my memory of the evening ends seconds before impact.

What Koch has not forgotten to this day: he played “Wetten dass ..?” he agreed, “although I didn’t feel very good about it”. Such a televised performance is not something gymnastics coaches like to see.

However, Koch figured that some publicity couldn’t hurt him as an up-and-coming actor. “I’d rather weigh less rationally and listen more to my gut.”

“It wasn’t exactly the best day of my life”

Today, Samuel Koch tries to see the positive side of that unfortunate day. “It wasn’t exactly the best day of my life,” he said in an interview with Bild.

“But since I could be dead after breaking my neck four times, my survival can also be seen as a kind of second birthday.

Koch celebrates his second life with great commitment. You see him as a speaker, author of children’s books, actor. On stage, in a glider, in a bathtub. During tandem jumps, during sports, during travel. And almost always by his side: actress Sarah Elena Timpe.

The couple met eight years ago on the set of the ARD soap opera “Storm of Love” – ​​and they love each other. In 2016, they said yes.

“Life goes on”

And what else is Samuel Koch doing today? Since the 2018/19 season, he has been a permanent member of the ensemble at the Nationaltheater Mannheim. He can currently be seen in “Bittersweet Dark Light” alongside his wife.

The couple have also written two children’s books together. In November and December 2022, you can even experience the “cuddly commando” as a musical show. With a couple, of course.

Samuel Koch will also go on tour in 2023: with his first live show. “Weightless” is her name. The description sounds promising: “Take off and still stay on the ground? Together we make the impossible possible. Be there and be a part of my Possible mission.”

There is also the association «Samuel Koch and friends eV». The 35-year-old wants to use it to help people who help other people in need and spend themselves.

Yes, fate was not in Samuel Koch’s favor on December 4, 2010. But he still cannot be defeated. Or as he says: “Life goes on (…). You can complain at any level, but you can also be happy at any level.”

“Bet, huh..?” with charming moments and crazy tricks

Thomas Gottschalk led the show “Wetten, dass ..?” in a leopard look. Unwrapping less snappy statements than usual, Michelle Hunziker shone in an opulent pink designer ball gown and took care of the candidates.


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