Aita Gasparin

All good things come in threes!
Aita Gasparin
Aita Gasparin
My story

My story

I grew up in the Engadin region in Switzerland and have had cross-country skis attached to my feet ever since I can remember. Sometimes I wonder if I was born with skis on. Our parents encouraged us to do various kinds of sports, even though they were never athletes themselves. Being the youngest I have always chased after my two sisters Selina and Elisa - which has not changed to this day.

At the age of 7 I started gymnastics and trained hard in the gym several times a week for 10 years. After my success in 2006 as Swiss Vice Champion in the Team Competition K6, and my weekly schedule full with cross-country training, piano lessons, and day to day school life at the Academia Engiadina, I just wanted to concentrate on one thing. At that time my sisters gave me a biathlon rifle for my 16th birthday -- you should have seen the amazement of my relatives who rather expected something more traditional like a necklace or a nice watch. After the first shooting sessions in summer and the first competitions in winter, I quickly discovered my passion for biathlon. In 2011 I qualified for the European Youth Olympic Winter Festival and in 2012 for the Youth Olympic Games. These two big events were a huge motivational boost for me.

Aita Gasparin
Aita Gasparin

In my junior years, I also participated in the Elite World Championships, World Cups and even the 2014 Olympics in Sochi. That was an incredibly emotional and wonderful year. Together with my two sisters, who have been my idols and motivation since childhood, I was able to compete in the relay which was the first time in the history of our sport that three sisters competed in the same race.

Only three months later I successfully completed college and was able to start the life of a professional biathlete. I also started studying economics at Fernuni in Switzerland and will be doing my bachelor's degree in January 2019. Since November 2014 I am working as a sports instructor with the border patrol.

Again and again, I have been able to collect some World Cup points, but during the last two years my performance has not been quite as strong due to health problems. I am still young enough to make a significant progress so I stay motivated and disciplined on a daily basis to establish myself in the world rankings. It is important for me to trust the training process at all times.