Interview with Lillehammer 1994 double Olympic Champion Markus Wasmeier
In conjunction with the FIS Alpine Junior World Ski Championships in Hafjell (NOR), FIS Newsflash talked to double Olympic Champion Markus Wasmeier (GER), one of the stars of the 1994 Lillehammer Olympic Winter Games, who was on site to support his son Lukas.
Markus, what brought you here?
I am here for different reasons, but primarily because one of my three sons is competing in the Junior Worlds. Ironically, he started with the same bib number 17 as I did in 1994. He also competed on the same hill in Hafjell where I won gold in giant slalom. Lukas took bronze in the nations team event. Considering that he is coming back from injury things went well for him.
I am also here because I really like Norway and have made many friends in the country and around Lillehammer throughout my racing career. I really like to come back to where I’ve got so many great memories!
What makes Lillehammer such a special as host for Alpine events?
Lillehammer and its nearby ski resort Hafjell are a great place to hold such competitions. The slope and conditions are fantastic, the ambiance is great and the people are very kind. It is a perfect place for staging the Alpine Junior Worlds and the Alpine competitions for the Youth Olympic Games next year.
What impact did the Olympics in 1994 have on your life?
I entered the race as an outsider as I didn’t have any good World Cup results during that season. I felt relaxed at the start but wanted to show that I could still get top results. The fact that I became double Olympic Champion (giant slalom and super-G) opened up many new opportunities, especially in my professional life.
What advice would you like to give to young athletes?
Never give up in whatever you do. Keep doing it and keep building up confidence. Set your goals and follow them step by step. And remember, it’s not always all about winning. Sport itself is a great thing!