EEC 015: How Did You Overcome Your Biggest Defeat as a Champion Athlete?
Champion Athlete: Sergei Aschwanden
Sergei Aschwanden, a judo athlete, made Switzerland jump for joy during the Beijing Games by clinching a bronze medal. On his knees on the tatami mat, the man from Vaud was bursting with happiness, as if he had just been crowned champion. For him, this medal represented the culmination of an incredibly successful career and record of achievement, at both national and international level. Double medal winner at the European Championships (2000 and 2003 in the under 81 kg category), two third places in 2005 and 2006, bronze medal winner at the Munich World Championships in 2001, then silver at the ones in Osaka in 2003, this native athlete of Bussigny, Switzerland chose to bring down the curtain on his career in the sweetest of ways. Written by journalist, Jean-Frédéric Debétaz,
Sergei is now Director of the Sport Center in Villars, Switzerland.
Your host, Katrina Burrus, PhD, MCC of the Excellent Executive Coaching welcomes Sergei Aschwanden, a Swiss Judo athlete. Like most champions also challenged by many defeats on his way to celebrity.
Katrina asks him the following questions:
- Who was your best coach during your athletic career and why?
- What was your biggest defeat in your athletic career and how did you overcome it?
- What advice would you give to athletes transitioning from a professional athletic career once they retire?
- A charming athlete that will have a great future. Come listen to his fascinating journey.
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