News and views from...
Follow the “News and views from...” section, stimulating and fun, with no educational pretensions, enlivened by celebrities. By following the movements around town of these sport lovers, who have strong ties with Lausanne, it hopes to inspire surfers to follow in their footsteps, to perhaps sample the same pleasures as them and to find new ones just around the corner.
European silver medallist in the 400m hurdles in Split in 1990, this Vaudois woman has always worn the colours of her town with pride. At the age of 44, she remains as attached to the city of Lausanne as ever.
Kickboxing world champion in 2007 and 2008, Alain Coppey has, as the saying goes, hung up his boots. Currently working in an electrical business, the Lausannois still has a passion for his sport.
Multiple Swiss diving champion Caroline Français stopped competing in November 2002 after a nasty scooter accident in which she broke her femur. In spite of this bitter blow, the young woman never turned her back on sport.
Cathy and Jim
Without them the 14th edition of Gymnaestrada wouldn’t have the same flavor. Brother and sister, Jim and Cathy are excited to welcome the thousands of gymnasts to Lausanne and to help them discover the treasures of the city.
At the start of the nineties, Cédric Monod and his sister Leslie formed the best ice skating couple in Switzerland. Today, as a teacher at the Gymnase Auguste-Piccard school, Cédric Monod still feels the same pleasure as he paces the streets of the city of his birth.
Swiss fencing champion Diane Wild has swapped the sword for a billiard cue. Aged 48, this dyed-in-the-wool Lausannoise has always enjoyed competing, even when she is not actively doing sport. And that is why she has agreed to help organise the World Three-cushion Billiard Championships in Beaulieu during November (11-15).
The captain of LHC, Florian Conz, is back in Lausanne after spending four years defending the colours of Geneva-Servette in the LNA. Prior to his break in the city of Calvin, this native of Jura had spent four years in the Olympic city.
Eternally Lausannois, the former LUC coach has a seemingly inexhaustible supply of words when it comes to describing his devotion to his town. At 60 years of age, the technical director of the Vaudois club and director of the sports service at UNIL and EPFL is still fizzing with passion.
At the age of 67, Gérard Dubi is still the “Mr Hockey” of Lausanne. During his 20 year career, this elegant ice skater, member of the famous GDF with his friends Gratton and Friedrich, has never taken the credit for himself.
Having entered into the CIO as sporting director 20 years ago, Gilbert Felli today is the executive director of the Olympic Commitee for the Olympic Games. Formerly head of the sports section, this 63 year old from Leysin spends half the year abroad, but he loves Lausanne.
At the age of 67, Heidi Maeder is accumulating titles. A veteran walker, this Lausannoise still leaves youngsters standing at the Swiss championships. Supported by Bernard, her companion for twenty-three years, she sees herself carrying on until the age of 70.
As director of the Athletissima meeting, Jacky Delapierre is without doubt one of the most influential figures in sport in Lausanne. A man of conviction and friendship, he has placed Lausanne on the map of international athletics.
Along with several people anxious to see the development of youth hockey in Lausanne, Jacquy Boinnard created MOJU (Mouvement Juniors). At the age of 63, the boss of the Albertsen travel agency still doesn’t want to boast about his presidency of Lausanne4Clubs.
At the age of twenty, she loves frolicking in the water. The Swiss record holder for the 50m butterfly in the big pool and the 100m butterfly in the small pool, the native of Lausanne has learnt to love her city.
The director of the Swiss Laboratory for Doping Analyses (LAD), Martial Saugy, uses test tubes to track down cheats. A towering figure in the small world of the fight against doping, this 54-year-old native of Broye no longer watches sport like he used to.
The founder of Fair Play, the biggest association for the mentally disabled in French-speaking Switzerland, Maryrose Monnier embodies patience and humanity. A former hippie, this 64 year old from Lausanne likes to shake things up.
Former interior designer Nathalie Dielen has swapped homely settings for ranges where targets and arrows perform an impressive ballet. A portrait of a thoroughbred Lausanne archer, smitten with her town and her sport.
An Olympic champion in Nagano in 1998, Patrick Lörtscher has placed Lausanne’s curling stone in the international house. The pundit of choice on TSR when it comes to major events, this 50-year-old Vaudois has dedicated thirty-eight years to serving his sport.
Retired police officer Philippe Rochat does not have a “pause” button. Constantly on the go, this adopted Lausannois originally from the Joux valley devotes his incredible energy to the service of sport and, in particular, to the Lausanne 20km.
An untouchable icon of his sport, he far transcends the confines of that sport. Chaperoned like a head of state, Roger Federer is the number one ambassador of the white cross. Although originally from Basle, this master of racquet artistry spent three years at the National Centre in Ecublens and he remains deeply attached to the city of Lausanne.
His bronze medal at the last Beijing Games may not have been made of the most precious metal of all, but the emotion felt by the Swiss public was as wonderful as if he had clinched the gold. Recently retired, Sergei Aschwanden is deeply fond of Lausanne.
Soon to be 25 , Solange Bocquet is, frankly, not like other women. Although she works as an instructor at the police academy in Savatan and has been a professional boxer since the beginning of the year, the Lausannoise remains in touch with her feminine side.
The only Swiss to have carried off victory on the pitch in the Champions League, Stéphane Chapuisat left behind only good memories for the supporters of the teams for which he played. Now a scout and trainer of young strikers for the Young Boys of Berne, he is nevertheless still very attached to his Lausanne friends.
Placing 46th in the latest WTA rankings, Timea Bascinszky is hot on the heels of Patty Schnyder and will soon be the country’s best female tennis player. A portrait of a young woman very attached to her home.
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