TT - Jason Lamy Chappuis: "I like competitions with a lot of pressure!"
Triple overall winner, Olympic champion, multiple World Champion, flag-bearer: Nordic Combined superstar Jason Lamy Chappuis has achieved what others only dream of, still he is as hungry for success as ever. In this edition of TUESDAY TALK, the Frenchman explains why he can go for more Gold in Sochi, how his experiences as an advertising testimonial have been and how he experienced being named the French flag-bearer for the Sochi opening ceremony!
After you have been named flag-bearer for the French team for Sochi2014, you were probably really busy with the huge public interest. Can you tell us a bit how you experienced the process and how high the media attention is now?
Jason Lamy Chappuis: There was a big presentation on October 14th in Paris with all the athletes from ski and ice sports federations. The Sports Minister and a lot of other Olympic champions were there. We were three athletes on a short list (Brian Joubert, figure skating, Ophélie David, Skicross, and me) and it was a stressful waiting until they opened the envelope... with my name on it!! It was a great honor, for me but also for my sport! After that, I had two or three weeks with a lot of media attention, so I gave a lot of interviews but I still managed to train pretty well.
On top of that, you also participated in P&G's "Thank you mum" campaign together with you mother. How was it to be able to share some of your "daily" work with her?
Lamy Chappuis: Yes, it was nice to participate in the campaign with my mom, we had a couple of photo and video shootings and it was great to spend some time with her and thank her for always being by my side. I think it's a beautiful and emotional campaign. I was aware of it because I saw the videos for the 2012 Olympics and loved it!
Does winning three gold medals at the World Championships last season take some of the stress away or do you feel the pressure to be successful as intensely as before?
Lamy Chappuis: There is always more pressure on you in an Olympic year. First it takes place only once very four years, and it's a big goal in a career because it's such a global event. It certainly helps to know that I've already been successful in important events. I know how to be ready physically and mentally, but everything can happen in a one-day competition and a lot of guys can claim a medal.
But what about you? Why do you have a good chance to take another gold in Sochi? What is it that you are able to do better than the competition?
Lamy Chappuis: I like competitions with a lot of pressure. The most important thing is to use the pressure positively. What I do is to stay really focused on what I have to do. I try to give my best and only after that I watch the results. If someone was better that day but I still have given my best, I have no regrets.
Back to the preparations for Sochi: With the facilities in Chaux-Neuve being equipped for summer jumping for the first time this year, how would you say has your training been affected?
Lamy Chappuis: The summer equipment in Chaux-Neuve made it a lot easier for us to train. We were able to stay home more often and jump on a more regular basis. We also jumped on an ice track a whole month before leaving for Scandinavia, so that helped a lot too!
How will you spend the rest of the (short) time until the season starts now?
Lamy Chappuis: Currently, we are in Lillehammer. Unfortunately, the hill is not ready yet but we have good skiing conditions in Sjusjøen. We will stay here until the 26th of November and leave directly for Kuusamo. I hope we will be able to jump a couple of sessions before Kuusamo, because it would be hard to do our first jumps on snow directly on Kuusamo's big hill.