Alpine skier Jakob Spik (SLO) had a busy summer. Besides preparing for his winter season, the 24-year-old completed an internship at the FIS Office in Oberhofen am Thunersee. He talked to FIS Newsflash about his goals, why the internship was important to him and what he learned working in the FIS Office.
How is your winter going so far? Which skiing goals do you have for the 2018/19 season?
Jakob Spik: Winter began well for me with races in Levi (FIN). After a good result in the European Cup, I was set to start the World Cup slalom race in Val d’Isere (FRA) last weekend, but unfortunately the weather was too bad to carry out the race. Now I will have a few days of training to prepare for the next race at the end of this week. The primary plan for the season is to compete in the European Cup. The goal is the same as always: to ski fast (laughs).
Can you tell us a little bit about your internship at FIS over the summer? How was it organised and how much time did you spend in Switzerland?
Spik: I had an internship at FIS from the beginning of June until the end of September. In between, I had to take a few short breaks to join my team in Saas Fee for training, so in the end, I spent about three months in the FIS Office.
How was it possible to combine this work experience with your everyday training?
Spik: Since I had the internship I had to combine both work and training. Summer is the time for dryland training and I usually did my workouts and sessions in the afternoon after I came back from work and of course at the weekends. It was not easy, but I managed to do it.
What were your tasks at the FIS Office?
Spik: I was an intern in the marketing department. My main tasks included supporting FIS sponsors and partners, supporting the marketing aspects of event organisation, adapting advertising rules, evaluating the marketing inventory, and other marketing and communications-related tasks.
Is working in marketing a goal for after your career? What was the most important insight had during your internship?
Spik: I am close to finishing my studies of sport management at the University College of Northern Denmark and marketing is an important part of the studies, which I am very interested in. Thus I really enjoyed being part of the marketing team. It was a great experience to be an intern at FIS. I learned a lot of new things during my time there and what I think is one of the most important things, I experienced how everything works in the "real world”.
How important was it for you to have this practical work experience, also looking at a life after being a professional athlete?
Spik: I am sure the knowledge and experience I gained in this internship will help me in the future. I can say I am a sports fan and also after my career as an athlete I would like to stay involved in sports.