Tuesday, February 7, 2023

This is our least known Olympic champion

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Mathilde Gremaud has already won Olympic medals three times.

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Nicholas HorniRingier journalism student

At the age of just 17, freestyler Mathilde Gremaud wins her first Olympic medal. At the games in Pyeongchang, Korea, she secured the silver medal in slopestyle. Four years later she doubles in Beijing, winning bronze in Big Air and a few days later sensationally gold in Slopestyle.

When you return home in La Roche FR, there is a huge reception. The 22-year-old is welcomed and frenetically celebrated by around 1000 people and accompanied by brass band music and cowbells – Mathilde Gremaud is the star in the village. On the other side of the Röstigraben, however, it remains relatively unknown. Although sports fans and the media are interested in her after the sensational victory, the excitement is over after a short time. So Gremaud flies under the radar to this day – especially among the German-speaking Swiss population. She can live with that. “Our sport is less in the limelight than others. That’s a pity, because our sport offers many exciting personalities and is also simply fun to watch. That doesn’t bother me too much, but I hope that the sport will develop a bit more. When the results come, the spotlight comes too.”

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