A gold medal and a trophy …
He was one of the 22 athletes who, on Thursday evening at the Olympic Museum, received the statuette presented during the Eurosport SportStar Awards ceremony. The following day, Antoine Dénériaz, downhill gold medallist at the XX Olympic Winter Games in Turin, offered the blue, white and red outfit that he wore during his competition to the Olympic Museum.
A career all mapped out
Born in Haute-Savoie and with a ski coach father, Antoine Dénériaz’s career was all mapped out. On skis as soon as he had learnt to walk, long-time member of the ski club in Morillon where he spent his childhood, at 15 he entered the International Ski Federation (FIS) circuit. Three years later, in 1994, he was selected for the Junior World Championships in the USA. He took part for a second time in these Championships the following year in Norway. After this he joined France’s B team in spring 1995, then two years later it’s A team.
Impressive list of titles
During the 2002-2003 Season, Antoine Dénériaz won his first World Cup downhill events (in Val Gardena and Lillehammer). The following year, he repeated his success in Val Gardena. At the Olympic Winter Games last February, he was not among the favourites. However, he turned out to be Olympic champion. It would seem that Italy did him good!
Fair play – what is it?
The new temporary exhibition - Angel or Demon? The Choice of Fair Play - having just opened at the Olympic Museum, we asked him what fair play meant to him. The answer was direct and straightforward, like his character: “Fair play for me is conviviality. It is respecting oneself, respecting one’s opponents. Sport promotes certain values. Fair play is part of that…” He couldn’t have put it any better.