Meet the Athlete Role Model: Dominique Gisin
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: Dominique Gisin.
Name: Dominique Gisin
Sport: Alpine Skiing
How/why did you start your sport?
My whole family loves skiing. I love winter, the snow, the cold, so it was an obvious choice :D
What achievements are you most proud of in your sporting career?
I’m proud, that despite many tough moments, with lots of injuries, I never gave up and made it to the top of an Olympic podium.
What achievements are you most proud of outside your sporting career?
Well I think I’m super happy that my knees were able to recover always from all the injuries. Partly that was hard rehab work, but on the other hand also lots of luck, so hard to be proud of I guess.
Favourite moment at the Olympics? A special memory of one of your participations?
As a spectator, I remember the marathon in Beijing a lot. It was super emotional, I was cheering for Vik Röthlin, but in the end it was simply amazing to see the ability of all these athletes to even finish such a tough race.
What made you want to participate in the Youth Olympic Games?
I remember vividly the excitement at my very first international race. It’s simply amazing to be part of all those emotions.
What do you like most about the Youth Olympic Games concept?
It’s great to see young athletes compete against each other but also live the Olympic spirit. Having this possibility is a lot of motivation for these young athletes.
What are you looking forward to the most in Lillehammer 2016?
I have never been to Lillehammer and am looking forward to meeting a lot of motivated young athletes, fellow Athlete Role Models and also having a look at this memorable host city of the 1994 Olympic Games.
What’s next for you in your career?
I retired last spring, so I’m looking forward to becoming my sibling’s greatest fan.
What are your hobbies?
I love to ski and fly, and I love mathematics and physics, no kidding.