News and views from Cédric Monod
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.
When Cédric Monod is asked where he would go to evoke the spirit of Lausanne, the former ice skater doesn’t hesitate: “Milan park, near the botanical gardens,” he answers almost immediately before explaining his choice. “I’ve nearly always lived in this area; it’s here where I learned to ride a bike. I often come here to read as I find the place soothing.” At the age of 35, Cédric Monod has now turned his back on his elite sporting career to embrace a more prosaic one as a geography and PE teacher at Gymnase Auguste Piccard. A way of remaining close to the sporting environment. “Running by the lake stems from a need. I need this view of France. It’s like on the hill in Milan park, I like the contrast between the mountains and the lake, I like seeing the Grammont when I cast my eyes over to the left”.
“Even though I love to travel and visit other surroundings, I know that I have to have my roots. Lausanne is my city”
Having recently become father to a son, Ulysses, Cédric Monod admits that when he was younger, he used to say that he would never leave Lausanne. “Even though I love to travel and visit other surroundings, I know that I have to have my roots. Lausanne is my city. The cemetery of Bois de Vaux, the frozen Sauvabelin lake in the winter and the ice hockey matches, the candles on the Riponne esplanade, the evenings spent at beach volleyball courts in Vidy using car headlights as floodlights, the LHC matches, running up hills with my brother - that’s what Lausanne represents. And I can’t forget that when I went ice skating, the city supported us from the start.” With regard to the deckchairs on the Milan park esplanade, Cédric Monod never tires of thinking about this scene, which makes him want to escape or sunbathe while the weather allows. “I love it, because even if there are two deckchairs side by side, people don’t dare to go too close to a stranger for fear of bothering them.”
Grancy and Montchoisi
Very affably, Cédric Monod underlined in passing the beneficial arrival of the M2: “This metro changed some of my habits. It gave me the impression of being close to everything, close to the city centre. I’m not a shopping addict but I surprised myself by going more than once to do some shopping in town.” More sporty than high living, Cédric Monod isn’t a night owl who spends all his time in MAD: “I went along sometimes for foam parties in the evening, but it’s not really my thing. I prefer the atmosphere at Café de Grancy or at Bar-Tabac where I fit in with the customers more.” And Montchoisi? “Another place that I appreciate enormously and whose soul changes in the summer and winter. Everyone knows each other, and there’s a real community spirit. And as an added bonus, you can eat the best bacalhau in Lausanne here.”
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