Great meetings lead to great stories! Christian Bouvier, Vice Chairman of the POMA Executive Board confirms: "Our meeting and subsequent collaboration occurred naturally. Marie shares POMA’s simple values and enthusiastic attitude toward life. We are all men and women who are infused with the mountain culture - profound and solid values stem from the demanding mountain conditions. We must be strong 100% of the time. Marie is the perfect incarnation of these values. But well beyond that, the story of her life and how she became a champion has made her a role model for everyone, and illustrates how strong will, courage and hard work lead to excellence".
Marie comes from Beaufortin in the Savoie area. She was born with agenesis - a birth defect which involved her forearm and left hand. She began skiing at the Saisies Sports Club and then at the Arêches-Beaufort Ski Club, and right from the start practised alongside able-bodied skiers. She immediately created a sensation!
In 2010 she took part in her first Paralympic Games. Although she did not win in Vancouver, three years later - after intensive training - she gained success. At just 19 years old, during the 2013 Handiski World Championships, Marie BOCHET won everything: 5 world titles!
Last winter, at the Sochi Paralympic Games, she achieved supreme recognition: 4 Gold medals, one each in Downhill, Super Giant Slalom, Giant Slalom and Super Combined. This is a tremendous personal and historical achievement!
Marie comments: "My motivation is still incredibly strong... I want to surpass myself each time I compete, and commit myself to bringing hope to all disabled persons. I want to show them how sports can help promote personal development".
Our POMA ambassador, who bears the colours of French excellence proudly, has just been awarded the "Prix Laureus" as Athlete of the year 2013, during a grand ceremony in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. The prize was given to her by Franz Klammer and Eric Cantonna.