Michelle Gisin is a Swiss alpine ski racer who specializes in downhill events.
Michelle Gisin was born on 23 December 1992 in Brig, Switzerland. She is a younger sister of Swiss alpine skier Dominique Gisin and an older sister of ski racer Marc Gisin.
Gisin started out skiing as a child, with her parents and two sisters. At the age of 10, she left her family to ski with a specialist coach.
World cup debut:
Gisin made her World Cup debut in November 2013 at Beaver Creek, Colorado. She achieved her first podium finish on 29 January 2017, when she placed second in a downhill race at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. The result placed her third in the World Cup downhill standings.
Gisin competed for Switzerland at the 2014 Winter Olympics and finished 10th in the women’s downhill event and 29th in the women’s super-G. She also raced at the 2017 World Championships, finishing seventh in the downhill and tenth in the Super G.
Gisin won gold in the women’s downhill at the 2018 Winter Olympics. Gisin has won two world championship medals, a gold medal in downhill at the 2018 Winter Olympics and a silver medal in Super-G at the 2017 World Championships.
At the 2018 Winter Olympics, Gisin became only the second Swiss woman to win an Olympic gold medal in alpine skiing, after Vreni Schneider won gold in the women’s downhill at the 1994 Winter Olympics.
What are some of her other accomplishments?
In addition to her Olympic gold medal, Gisin has also won a world championship silver medal and two World Cup podiums. In 2017, she placed second in a downhill race at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. The next day, she took third place in a super-G.
Previous to the 2018 Olympics, Gisin had four World Cup podiums: one gold and three silvers (two of these were in 2015 and one was in 2016). None of her prior podiums were in downhill races.
What are her goals?
Gisin has not announced any specific retirement plans but has said that she will ski for as long as she enjoys it and is still competitive.
“My goal was never to win an Olympic gold medal,” Gisin said after winning the Olympic downhill race. “It was to win races.”
“I love racing. I try to ski at my best on every run that I do, whether it’s downhill or super-G.”
What other skiers does she train with?
Gisin trains at the Swiss National ski team’s training center in Davos, Switzerland. She has been coached by her brother, Marc Gisin, since 2010. In addition to her brother and sister, Dominique Gisin, other people on her team include coach Thomas Stauffer and physiotherapist Stefanie Huber.
Gisin’s father, André Gisin, was also a ski racer and competed in the 1972 Winter Olympics.
Gisin has not announced any specific retirement plans, but has said that she will ski for as long as she enjoys it and is still competitive.