Bernadette Schild takes 18th International Baumgarten Award
The current year has seen the 18th edition of the Baumgarten Award and this year it was taken home by Austrian skier Bernadette Schild, who is an international business communications student at the Academy of Stuttgart (GER). The younger sister of slalom star Marlies Schild has represented Austria at many FIS Alpine World Cups, as well as the recent Olympic Winter Games in Sochi (RUS). Despite a very busy sporting schedule, Bernadette is keen to be studying.
“I think it’s great that this award exists as it shows that there is a double burden on us athletes. For me, studying is a nice change and a good way to clear my mind from skiing whilst focusing on completely different subjects”, she said.
The award commemorates the life of Matteo Baumgarten, a promising young alpine skier of Italy, who lost his life in a car accident. The prize is awarded annually by the racer’s family to recognise young skiers who follow the path of excellence in ski racing and education, as exemplified by Matteo. The award is supported by FIS and the Italian Ski Association, as well as Sondrio Lions Club and the Commune of Alta Valtellina and the Pro Valtellina Foundation.
The prize will be awarded to Bernadette as part of an official ceremony on 6th April 2014 in Bormio (ITA). Previous winners include Tina Maze and Tanja Poutiainen. Last year the award was presented to Ilka Stuhec (SLO).