The International Matteo Baumgarten Award recognises and rewards athletes who have chosen to undertake tertiary education in addition to their competitive sport. The award was founded by the parents of Matteo Baumgarten, Giacomo and Paolo, as a way to honour the memory of their son and to incentivise athletes to study as well as compete.
The award, now in its 20th year, saw one of the largest and most diverse fields of nominees. 24 athletes from 12 nations with a wide range of fields of study, including computer science, business, economics, civil engineering, humanities and chemical engineering were nominated.
As founders and judges of the award, Giacomo and Paola took time to analyse each nomination. After a month-long process, 23-year-old Swiss Alpine athlete Tanguy Nef was selected as the winner. Tanguy currently competes on the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup and studies Computer Science at Dartmouth College (USA).
As the winner of the award, Tanguy joins a long and illustrious list of winners which include Tanja Poutiainen (FIN), Tina Maze (SLO), Bernadette Schild (AUT) and Marco Odermatt (SUI).
FIS and the Baumgarten family would like to thank all nominees and National Ski Associations who participated in this year’s Award. The Baumgarten family have confirmed the International Matteo Baumgarten Award will take place again in 2021.