Use the YOG as a learning experience

Hello! Not long to go now until Lausanne 2020, and I hope you are as excited as I am. Let me introduce myself: my name is Marie-Laure Brunet, I’m a former biathlete from France and my career highlight came at Vancouver 2010, when I won Olympic medals in team and individual. After my final race in 2014, I decided that I wanted to share my passion and experience to help young athletes, and I will be supporting you on and off the snow and ice as an Athlete Role Model at the upcoming Winter YOG. I’m delighted to share my journey with you on Athlete365, the community platform that will support you not only during Lausanne 2020, but throughout your sporting career.

  • Marie-Laure Brunet is a successful biathlete who won two Olympic medals and nine Biathlon World Championships medals in her career.
  • As an Athlete Role Model at Lausanne 2020, she will be there to support you and other young athletes.
  • Her key advice for the upcoming YOG and how to make the most of your experience is right here.

Just like you, I started winter sports when I was young, mostly cross-country and Alpine skiing. In 2002, I found out about biathlon on TV during the Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City. France won a medal and I thought, “Wow, this is incredible!” I already practised one of the two disciplines – cross-country skiing – so I thought I should try biathlon.

I come from the Pyrenees in the south of France, and in 2003, I moved to a school nearby in Font Romeu, where I met other biathletes my age. Eventually I was getting good, and to have the best chance to succeed, I took the crazy decision to move across the country to the Alps! We didn’t have the Winter Youth Olympic Games when I started out, but I spent ten incredible years in the French biathlon team, from the age of 15 until 25. My best moments were winning two Olympic medals at Vancouver 2010, one in the individual pursuit race and another in team in the women’s relay.

Helping your generation to succeed

The Olympic Games changed my life, and the YOG could change yours too! That’s why I want to give back by sharing with you my experience of high-level sport, and also of the Olympic values. I’ve already been at the last Winter YOG in Lillehammer four years ago with the French Olympic Committee, but as an Athlete Role Model I think I will discover a lot more by working with so many of you from all over the world.  

During this once-in-a-lifetime event, I will be there to help you. What is really important for me is the human adventure that all of us have together during our career. I am so proud to be an Athlete Role Model during Lausanne 2020 and to be able to help you all!

My best advice to you

I think a really useful and important part of the YOG is taking in information for your future. It’s like a mini version of the Olympic Games and you will see how well it is prepared. For you, as young athletes, it’s an amazing first journey into the Olympic magic.

My number one piece of advice is to take a lot of information on board to help you improve after. For the events, just do your best! It’s not the time to invent something or to do something different than usual. Do the same as you do in training and learn as much as you can for the future.

I also think it’s key for you to share as much as you can with athletes from other countries. They are young athletes just like you, so don’t just stay with your own country; try to speak and mix with others! During all Olympic events there is a truly magical feeling, so I am really excited to be part of this adventure with you.

In the build-up to Lausanne 2020, we will be hearing from an Athlete Role Model from each winter sport. Follow @Athlete365 on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for the latest updates.