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MEETING | Karen Smadja-Clement – Ski champion supported by Fusalp’s Young Champions programme

 
Karen Smadja-Clément is one of the rising stars of the French Alpine Ski Team. At just 21 years old, she already has an interesting record of achievements in women’s downhill, including a bronze medal at the World Junior Championships in Narvik (Norway) this winter. There, the young skier took 3rd place on the podium for the super-G discipline.

As a participant in the 2020-21 class of Fusalp’s Young Champions programme, we wanted to find out more and went to meet her.
 
 

 
 
Karen, please tell us about yourself and your journey.

My parents put me on skis right after my first steps on dry land. It was the winter of my second birthday. It was quite natural that I joined the ski club and more precisely the Inter de Nice, at the age of eight.
I started my training in the south of France at the Jean Franco ski school, then at the Valdeblore ski school before joining the French ski school in Albertville. At 16, I decided to leave my family and the south of France to live in the Alps, the epicenter of my favorite sport. I then lived with the Devouassoux family in Chamonix before finally moving into my own flat.
Today I compete in the European Cup group. My specialties are Giant, Super G and Downhill.
At the same time, I am continuing my studies at Sciences Politiques Paris, in a programme adapted to top-level sportsmen and women. It’s very important for me to combine my sporting and academic backgrounds to ensure my professional future.

 
What motivated you to become an Alpine skier ?

I’ve always had it in me, I think. I am a lover of competition, snow, work and discovery. Travelling around the world practicing my passion has always been my primary motivation.

 
How do you feel at the start of this new season? What are the challenges this year ?

I feel very good despite the rather strange context. The summer preparation went well, and I can’t wait to put on a racing bib! This season, I would like to make my World Cup debut. I would also like to be among the best in the European Cup in each race, in order to secure a place in the World Cup next year.
 
 

 
 
What advice would you give a young skier who would like to start competing ?

I would tell him/her not to be afraid, to believe in themselves, to work hard and to dream big. Anything is possible if you give yourself the means, no matter where you come from. And above all to never forget your pair of skis when you go competing !

 
You are part of Fusalp’s Young Champions programme, what do you expect from it ?

A sharing of experiences with other athletes and also with the teams of the brand. It is very enriching to discover other practices and ways of working through a common objective, performance.
I would also like to get involved in Fusalp’s philanthropy and patronage project – “Fusalp s’Engage” – particularly with sick children.
I’m very keen to find out more about the brand and its universe, about the processes of creation, production and sales. Being part of this “Young Champions” promotion also gives us the opportunity to convey the values of a beautiful French brand and to participate in writing its continued history.
 
 

 
 
Karen Smadja-Clément wears the MASSOLY cap and the ODETTE coat.

 
Follow Karen Smadja-Clément on Instagram : @karenclement_ 
 
 


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