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    Daniel YULE - SWISS ALPINE SKIER

    OLYMPIC CHAMPION IN MIXED TEAM PARALLEL SLALOM - 2018

    A RICH 2018 IN CHALLENGES, WORLD CUP IN JANUARY, OLYMPIC GAMES IN FEBRUARY, HOW DO YOU FINE?

    I take a very positive assessment of last season. I achieved the goals we set at the beginning of the season which is very satisfying. I finished in 5th place in the discipline ranking in slalom which shows a nice regularity throughout the season. Moreover, in each race I gave my best so I end the season without any regrets.

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    HOW DID YOU GET THERE IN THE WORLD CUP PODIUM?

    It was a dream for me to stand on a World Cup podium and having the chance to do it twice during the season was a huge satisfaction. The fact that I had already been circling for some time increased the pleasure I felt. Indeed, because of the questions from the media and personal doubts, it was not always easy to digest the 4th places like the one in Madonna Di Campiglio where I finished 4th at 7 small hundredths of the winner. Therefore, my first podium in Kitzbühel was both a great relief and a reward for all the work I have done over the last few years.

    A GOLD MEDAL IN THE TEAM EVENT, THE FIRST TEAM EVENT, HOW DO YOU FEEL?

    The medal in the Team Event remains a great memory of these Games. Indeed, skiing is an individual sport and therefore team events present a different challenge in terms of emotions to manage. Indeed, at the beginning it was special to know that my performance could influence the result of the whole team. Usually, if I fail, I know that I am the only one to feel the consequences. So the pressure in the gate was different than in other races. The emotions after the victory were also different. Indeed, it was a great pleasure to be able to share this with the whole team and the staff. In a normal race there would have been disappointments within the team, which leads to a contained joy in case of a good result out of respect for his teammate. This was not the case at all after the Team Event and the joy was shared by all.

    HOW HAVE YOU EVOLVED DURING YOUR CAREER?

    My career has followed a relatively steady progression curve. So far I’ve been lucky enough to be spared from injuries. This has undoubtedly played an important role in my development. Each year I have taken a step forward without ever having a big breakthrough. I’ve been working with the same coach on the skis for five years now and the people around me have changed very little. I am convinced that the good results obtained last winter and the constant progression for several seasons are the result of a long-term work with a concern for continuity.

    WHAT ARE THE VALUES THAT DRIVE YOU?

    Perseverance, integrity, striving for excellence and intelligence are the values I aspire to.

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