Selina Gasparin is a Swiss biathlete. She won a silver medal in the Individual at 2014 Winter Olympics. Gasparin also competed in the 2010 Winter Olympics for Switzerland.
OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES
- 2010 Vancouver, CAN: 40th Individual, 48th Pursuit, 56th Sprint
- 2014 Sotchi, RUS: 2nd Individual, 10th Mass Start, 12th Sprint, 15th Pursuit, 13th Mixed-Season
- 2007 Antholz, ITA: 44th individual, 71st Sprint
- 2008 Östersund, SWE: 90th individual, 37th sprint, 46th pursuit
- 2009 Pyeong Chang, KOR: 55th Individual, 61st Sprint
- 2011 Khanty Mansiysk, RUS: 13. Single, 55th Sprint, 15th Mix-Season
- 2012 Ruhpolding, GER: 51. Single, 12. Sprint, 13. Persecution, 26. Mass start
- 2013 Nove Mesto, CZE: 20th Individual, 42nd Sprint, 40th Pursuit, 13th Season
Check out her interview with President, Women Fitness, Namita Nayyar.
Ms. Namita Nayyar:
You are a world renown biathlete having reached the pinnacle of success by winning a silver medal in the Individual at 2014 Winter Olympics. Walk us through this spectacular journey and tell us how it all began?
Ms. Selina Gasparin:
I started skiing (alpine) at the age of 2.5 years. That’s what children do in my hometown Pontresina. It was like kinder-garden on skis. Lot of fun. I was always an active child and was always moving. Because I was born with legs and feet turned too much on the inside the doctor recommend to do sports which pushes the feet out. So I was ice skating, did ballet, was riding horse and finally started cross county skiing. Everything was fun but I liked it best on the snow. Sport was like freedom to me and I enjoyed it very deeply because my friends also did it. It was the most social thing I knew. So I went to the club training and racing was even more fun than training.
With the years I made it to the next level and team and it continued to the junior national team of cross country skiing. I never had a dream about becoming a professional. I didn’t even know that was a possibility or a profession. Then it all became more about success and one day I decided that I want to find out how far I can go. I love to push the border and I was just curious how far I can go. And this is still my motivation. I want become better and better and am always curious how high up in the ranking I can reach. At the age of 20 I changed to biathlon. It was more fun and challenging then cross country. I had a feeling that could be my best discipline.
Ms. Namita Nayyar:
Introduce us to a day in your life, preparing for the Olympics.
Ms. Selina Gasparin:
I wake up around 7am and get ready for training with breakfast and usual stuff. Then at 08:30 am I start my training. Mostly roller skiing combined with shooting. That takes around 2-3h. Then I go home for lunch and rest. I sleep 1-2h. Then I get ready for the next training session. That can be running, cycling, roller skiing or gym. Then I go home for dinner and after I sleep. Eat train sleep- repeat! There is not a lot of space for other things. All my free time I use for my family. Of course I have some representative things to do for sponsors and media too.
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