Up close and personal: Jan Schmid (NOR)
Due to popular demand, here’s one more edition of „Up close and personal“ about (Swiss-)Norwegian Jan Schmid. Current teammate Jørgen Graabak and former teammate Tim Hug give some quite intimate (there’s underwear involved after all!) insights into Nordic Combined’s resident brainiac.
How do you make yourself feel at home while traveling?
During the season I usually bring my pillow from home, and maybe some Norwegian food. But as long as I have Wi-Fi, my laptop and my Kindle I’m good.
When was the last time you experienced a perfect day (and what happened?)?
Don’t really think such a thing exists.
If your life was made into a movie, who should play you?
Matt Perry, from the early years of Friends.
If you had to pick a job today, what would you like to be?
Realistically, a teacher/coach and part time student (for a few years)… If I hadn’t been an athlete at all, I’d probably be an engineer in a natural science of some description.
What would be the hardest thing for you to give up?
Probably all of the freedoms in life/society that I take completely for granted.
To which song do you dance when nobody is watching?
First of all, I dance exclusively when nobody is watching, and even that feels wrong at the best of times. Wouldn’t be to a specific song though. Is probably more of a mood-thing for me…
Best buddies: Jørgen Graabak (NOR) & Tim Hug (SUI)
How did you meet (what’s your first memory of him?)?
Tim: That was back in the days when he was still starting for Switzerland, we had some training camps together. I can’t really remember the first time we met, that’s too long ago.
Jørgen: I don’t remember really. But he was in the national team when I started training for real. So I guess is was some sort of experienced athlete meets junior encounter. My first memory of him was when he and Moan were in a panel debate for the kids. I was in the audience.
What do you like about him?
Jørgen: He has a brilliant mind, and a good sense of humour. This makes for some really interesting conversations.
Tim: He’s speaking Schweizerdeutsch! (laughs) So I can speak it to at least one person on the World Cup circus.
What makes him into a champion?
Tim: I would really like to know that! (laughs)
Jørgen: I have to say that I admire his ability to learn and adapt. He is not afraid to learn from athletes from other sports, and bring the knowledge into his world as a nordic combined athlete.
Funniest memory with him?
Tim: Jan was often sharing a room with Seppi Hurschler in the past. Both were completely chaotic and very into gaming. There are quite some really funny pictures of what you saw when you came to their room in the evening. There was a realistic chance you’d find them in from of the computers in their underwear and you couldn’t see the floor for all the clothes strewn across it.
Jørgen: I have several. But we have had some brilliant moments watching Irish/Scottish stand up. (laughs)
If you could ask him any question, what would it be?
Jørgen: "If you were offered a job as a professional cocktail party host (mingling expert if you like). How big would the paycheck need to be for you to consider taking the position?"
Tim: If he wouldn’t like to compete for Switzerland again. I could really use somebody for the Team Sprints!