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16 Dec 2015
Lillehammer 2016 , YOG , IOC News

Get to know the Athlete Role Models: Claudia Nystad

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: Claudia Nystad.

How/why did you start your sport? 

I grew up in Oberwiesenthal, which is a very well-known winter sports area in the former East Germany.  We had a winter sports school in my home town, and as a kid I always wanted to be a skier and attend this school. While at the school I saw lots of pictures in the hallways of former skiers who got to represent our country at the Winter Olympic Games.  I also wanted to be as good as these athletes.   

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

I have been fortunate enough to experience many great races in my career. They are all great memories, but the one achievement that is the most special must be my silver medal from the 2006 Olympic Games in Torino.

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

I am very fortunate to have been able to complete a Bachelor of Science in Business Information Systems. I am also very proud to be a mother.

Favourite moment at the Olympics? A special memory of one of your participations?

After my comeback in 2013, I had a secret goal of making it to the Olympic Games in Sochi. Qualifying for the team was a great moment, only surpassed by winning a bronze medal in the relay.

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

When I was a young skier, we had the advantage of meeting great athletes who served as mentors for us. I would like to be a mentor for the next generation of skiers.

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

It is a great opportunity to bring the Olympic spirit to young athletes. It is not given that the athletes here will be the next stars, but they can nevertheless share their great memories from these events with the sports communities in their respective home areas.

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

I am looking forward to seeing athletes from all over the world share their love for sports.   

What’s next for you in your career?

As a young mother, I would like to spend the next little while raising my little girl and taking care of my family.

What are your hobbies?

Telemark skiing, cross country skiing, running and drawing/painting. 

Anything else you want to add? 

The most important thing with the Youth Olympic Games is really to participate and not to win. I hope all of the athletes, coaches, volunteers and staff can enjoy this unique event and make it a wonderful time for everyone.

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