On 22nd April 2018, at a meeting of the Lions Club of Bormio, Swiss alpine skier Marco Odermatt received the 22nd Matteo Baumgarten Award in front of many dignitaries and prominent personalities.
The 20-year-old is the rising star in the Swiss Alpine team. He took an unprecedented five gold medals at the recent FIS Alpine Junior World Ski Championships in Davos (SUI) by winning every event he had entered: giant slalom, super-G, downhill, alpine combined and the team event.
Whilst achieving outstand results, the youngster is completing his high school diploma at Engelberg Sport Mittelschule.
The Matteo Baumgarten Award recognises athletes who strive to balance the demands of full-time study with their training and competition schedules. The annual Award is in honour of Matteo Baumgarten who tragically passed away at an early age.
Father Giacomo Baumgarten commented: “Marco displays everything our son stood for. As well as being an outstanding athlete he is a kind and compassionate man who is dedicated to his studies. We would like to warmly thank all the National Ski Associations and the nominees for participating in this year’s Award.”
Odermatt joins an illustrious list of previous winners which include Ilka Stuhec (SLO), Tanja Poutiainen (FIN), Tina Maze (SLO), Bernadette Schild (AUT), Ramon Zenhäusern (SUI) and Ester Ledecka (CZE).