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20 Jan 2016
Lillehammer 2016 , IOC News , YOG

Get to know the Athlete Role Models: Anette Sagen

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced a list of Athlete Role Models (ARMs) who will support the young athletes going to the 2nd Winter Youth Olympic Games from 12 to 21 February 2016 in Lillehammer, Norway. They are presented individually through a short interview. Today: Anette Sagen.

Name: Anette Sagen
Sport: Ski Jumping
Country: Norway

How and why did you start your sport?

I started ski jumping mostly because of my family. My older brother used to ski jump and my parents were very interested in the sport. At the age of about 12 I understood that this was the sport for me.

What achievements are you most proud of in your sporting career?

What I’m most proud of in my ski jumping career is that I helped the sport to get where it is today, with the World Cup, World Championship and the Olympics.

What achievements are you most proud of outside your sporting career?

Outside my sporting career I’m most proud of the fact that I’m at the age of 30, and right after ending my sport career Î have gone back to school to become a nurse.

Favourite moment at the Olympics?

My favourite moment from the Olympics through all times was to see the first female ski jumper bring home the gold.

What made you want to participate in the Youth Olympic Games?

To be asked to be an Athlete Role Model for the YOG in my home country is such an honour, and I’m really excited to be able to contribute to a wonderful experience for tomorrow’s athlete stars.

What do you like most about the Youth Olympic Games concept?

I really like the fact that the YOG is a bigger thing than just the competitions. The entire concept of also being educated and gaining new experience is very appealing to me.

What are you looking forward to the most in Lillehammer 2016?

What I’m mostly looking forward to in the Lillehammer YOG is the mixed team event. (I don’t exactly know the name for it, but I mean the one with both genders and different sports.)

What's next for you in your career?

Since I ended my athletic career earlier this year, I have become a nurse student and also I’m coaching young ski jumpers in the age range of 13-16.

What are your hobbies?

In my free time I enjoy hanging out with friends, reading and watching movies. 

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