What’s French Alpine star Marie Marchand-Arvier doing this summer?
London, biking, weight lifting and chocolate desserts. Find out more in this interview FIS recently conducted with her.
FIS: You finished last season as #8 ranked Downhiller in the world, including a podium place in Lake Louise and another four top ten finishes. All in all a solid season, or what do you reckon?
Marie: "It was a good season in downhill, I was consistent in a lot of races. It is too bad I fell in Bad Kleinkircheim and I was a little disappointed with my results in Lake Louise and Cortina's. However, it's my best rank ever in downhill, so it's a good thing. In Super G, I did one good race in Garmisch and that's all. My focus for the coming year is to perform well in Super G and boost my rank in Downhill as well. I know I can do this."
FIS: It is another World Champs season coming up. Four years ago at Val d'Isere you delivered a grand performance including the silver medal in super-G. What are your plans for Schladming 2013?
Marie: "Schladming will be awesome. Skiing in Austria is very special. You are competing against the best and to win a medal would make it even more special. I now feel much better in my head and on my skis, so I’ll give it everything I’ve got, have no regrets I hopefully I can come out on top."
FIS: You seem to have been spending quite some time on the road bike recently, but also stand-up paddling and strength. How's the training going?
Marie: "Summer training is funny because you can practice a lot of different sports. In spring, I've been biking very often. Now, in July, our training has focused on weight lifting, power and strength work outs. When I have a day off, I love doing stand-up paddling or calm sports such as yoga. I also had some great experience in an aerobatic plane, that was an awesome gift!"
FIS: How about on-snow training?
Marie: "We’ve been skiing in Les 2 Alpes in June, doing more Giant Slalom and SL training. In September, we will go to Ushuaia and Termas de Chillan in South America for more speed training. We will do lots of kilometers on our new skis!"
FIS: What do you think of the new skis for ladies' speed applicable from next season?
Marie: "This is what it is. We don't have a choice so I don’t want to argue about it. My aim is to get used to them with my major goal remaining the same, being the fastest, or at least trying to be!"
FIS: You also found some time to watch tennis at Roland Garros. Any other holidays already had or planned?
Marie: "I really enjoy Roland Garros, I go every year if I can. I’ll have the chance to go to the London Olympics for two days and I can't wait. It's so exciting to see all these athletes giving their best to reach a gold medal. The feelings around this event are so intense, it's magic and I love that."
FIS: You love to cook, especially bake, and love high quality cuisine. What are your favorite meals to prepare and eat? How about desserts?
Marie: "Yes, I love cooking. But what I love the most is to have a very good meal with good people and good wine. It's a simple pleasure but I appreciate it a lot. My favorite meals are desserts with chocolate ;-) I also enjoy Italian food, and healthy organic food. On my balcony, I planted some tomatoes, basilica and salad. It’s very pleasant to enjoy these things after a good work out!"