Engelbergers learn to ski with nappies
No matter what sport they do today: Lena Häcki (biathlon), Fabian Bösch (freestyle), Marco Odermatt, Michelle and Marc Gisin (all alpine skiing) learned to ski with nappies, around 2 years old when they made their first attempts. "When you grow up here, you just learn to ski," says Lena Häcki. Michelle Gisin remembers a challenge with her father. "We skied from the Rotegg entry all the way down to Trübsee without stopping. And that with my little legs," she laughs. Lena Häcki was such an enthusiastic skier that she even ran away from home as a little girl to ski alone on the Klostermatte! Odermatt only knows the stories about her first attempts at skiing from hearsay. "But later," he remembers, "I skied up and down and jumped over every "Högerli".
Lena Häcki wants to start a family here
Each of the five winter athletes sings a hymn of praise to Engelberg. "For me it's THE village, I wouldn't want to live anywhere else," says Fabian Bösch. "The mountains, the view, you have countless opportunities to do sports - it's paradise." Michelle Gisin especially appreciates the mountain scenery. "It is so beautiful, the most beautiful of all. I love doing sport in the middle of this panorama." The athletes don't rattle off these sentences for an advertising brochure, but because they really and honestly feel it that way in their hearts. Lena Häcki even goes so far as to think about her time after her top sports career: "I can well imagine settling down here and starting a family."
The place to switch off
Engelberg is a place with the best prerequisites for becoming a professional athlete (see Engelberg Magazine Nr. 23). But for the athletes featured here, it is also simply the place where they feel at home and comfortable. The place where they can switch off.
Möchtest du olympisch oder weltmeisterlich unterwegs sein? Dann schau dir doch die persönlichen Tipps der fünf Skistars für Engelberg an: Tipps der Ski-Stars.