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MEETING | Léo Anguenot – Alpine skiing champion and member of the Young Champions Programme

 
Léo Anguenot is a talented young man. He belongs to the very exclusive club of top-level athletes excelling in two distinct disciplines : water skiing and Alpine skiing (Slalom, Giant Slalom, Parallel Slalom, Super-G).

Injured at the shoulder during a training session in Saas-Fee (Switzerland) last September, the Haut-Savoyard resumed training at the beginning of December at the Stade des Joux in La Clusaz, an area he knows well. His objective : a return to competition.

As a member of the French Alpine Ski Team and a participant in the 2020-21 promotion of the Fusalp Young Champions programme, it was in this context that we went to meet him.

 
 

 
 
Léo Anguenot, tell us about yourself and your career.

I started skiing at the age of three with my grandmother in Courchevel. Then, little by little, it was my parents, ski instructors and former members of the French Team, who passed on their passion to me. I then joined the La Clusaz sports club. At the age of 17, I was selected for the Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer, then I joined the French Junior Team. This year, I joined the A-group of ‘multidisciplinary giants’ as a training partner.

Sport, sliding, snow and water are part of my DNA.
I followed a ski-study course at the Aravis ski school and am currently studying for a degree at the IUT in Annecy. I also practice water skiing at a high level and I participated in the 2017 World Championships in this discipline. However, I had to make a career choice because reconciling the two was becoming increasingly complicated.
 

You are an Alpine skier and a water skier at the highest level of competition. How do you reconcile these two disciplines ?

Alpine skiing and water skiing are two complementary disciplines in the sense that one is practised in winter and the other in summer. Water skiing has become for me a passion without any objective of results. My long-term career as a top-level sportsman is essentially oriented towards Alpine skiing. However, I need to do both sports because I have been practising them since I was a child. I can’t see myself spending a summer without water skiing, nor a winter without downhill skiing. It contributes to my equilibrium to practice these two sports. You just have to manage your programme as well as possible so as not to risk injury due to overtraining.

 
 

 
 
How do you feel at the start of the season ? What are your objectives this year ?

My start to the season was delayed due to a shoulder injury that occurred in September 2020. I resumed training at the end of December in order to be ready for the races at the beginning of January. The sensations and markers came back quite quickly. The objective of this season is to be among the best in the European Giant and Slalom Cups. The icing on the cake would be to achieve a top 30 on one or more stages of the Giant’s World Cup. Now, let’s get to work !
 

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

For a skier who would like to start competing, the best advice I could give him is to enjoy himself by practising his passion. For me, the notions of pleasure and passion are very important to progress. When pleasure is present, it boosts the motivation to progress and train. Then, work is the most important thing. Nothing happens by chance, you have to put all the assets on your side to succeed. Work always pays off. You have to aim high and have self-confidence.
 

You are part of the Fusalp “Young Champions” programme, what do you expect from it ?

The Fusalp Young Champions programme allows you to get to know champions and future champions who practice different sports. I met Antoine Dénériaz, Claudia Riegler-Dénériaz, Marie Bochet and Sacha Théocharis during the last masterclass. This allows us to exchange, share, listen and pass on experiences to one another. Thanks to this programme, we are making new encounters in the sports world but also in the professional world within Fusalp. I would like to get to know each other’s work, because the sports and professional worlds are basically very similar.
. It is a source of pride for me to be part, as “young champion”, of the ambassadors of this mythical French brand, with whom I share strong values.

 
 
Léo Anguenot wears the WENGEN FIZ II cardigan in Silice.

Follow Léo Anguenot on Instagram : @leo.anguenot