Who is Marie Martinod?
Marie Martinod is a French Freestyle Skier who was born in 1984. She recently who won two silver medals in the half pipe at the 2014 and at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. She also won three medals in the super pipe event at the Winter X Games with one gold in 2017 and two bronze medals in 2006 and 2014. A 51-minute movie named, 'Memories of my People,' has been made on about life which tells her story. Martinod is nicknamed as MM by her friends and she has a daughter Melirose with her husband Max. She uploads a lot of photos of her daughter on her Instagram account. Martinod can speak French and she trains in the club La Plagne in France under coach Gregory Guenet who is a national level coach. She made her World Cup Debut - 2003 in Saas-Fee, Switzerland. Martinod sustained a knee injury in 2014 and before that she seriously injured her hand in a car accident in 2011. Her hand injury required four months of rehabilitation. Her grandfather first put her on a pair of skis at the age of two. Her memorable achievement was winning gold in half pipe at the 2013 Winter X Games in Tignes, France, after having returned to the sport after taking a six-year break. She regards the French freestyle skiers Olivier Allamand and Candice Gilg as her heroes. She plans to quit the sport after the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. "I will not continue after the Games. I am the circuit's doyen and I want to have more babies." Martinod currently heads a French Ministry of Sports and Youth safety campaign that aims to prevent accidents and injuries on ski pistes. "We try to explain how not to get hurt. It is important to share our knowledge because in the end we are in debt to the ski and tourism industry. Without them I might not be able to do what I do."
Career of the skier
Marie Martinod is a freestyle half pipe pioneer, who took a lengthy break from the competitive arena to start a family. She was later inspired to re-enter the sport when she was included in the Olympic program. Martinod made her mark in her Olympic debut at 2014 Winter Olympics at Sochi, winning a silver medal but she was also an X Games super pipe gold medalist in Aspen in January 2017 as well. Freestyle skiing runs in the family. “My mother was a ski instructor and my father drove a snow groomer, so you could say that the mountains and skiing are in my blood,” writes Martinod on her official website. Martinod won a string of national competitions before participating in the inaugural FIS Freestyle Skiing World Cup season in 2003/04. The winner of three events, she received the half pipe crystal globe at the end of the campaign. She also garnered fame at the X-Games by winning bronze at the age of 22 on the Aspen super pipe in 2006. She later decided to take a long break to marry her partner and start a family but was lured back to the sport in 2011. Inspired to participate in freestyle skiing again after her long break, she began her bid to qualify for the 2014 Winter Olympics at Sochi. Martinod started working hard with her coach, Greg Guenet, and returned to winning ways in 2013, taking half pipe victory at the X Games Europe in Tignes. “Ten years after my international debut I came within touching distance of my dream,” she said afterwards. Her partner Maxime said: “She’s trained and she’s suffered for it and now she’s got her reward. It’s great.” “I wanted to show my daughter what it feels like to reach a goal that you’ve set for yourself,” said Martinod at the time. “She has to understand why I was doing sit-ups while she was watching cartoons.” Though a knee injury kept her out of action during the 2015 season, she was back in 2016, scoring top-three finishes in the World Cup and recording her first win since 2004, in the half pipe on Copper Mountain (USA). Her career highpoint came in January 2017, when brought home an X Games gold medal on the Aspen super pipe. She also took the honors in the Pre-Olympic half pipe competition in PyeongChang, on 18 February 2017. “To win a gold here, a year before the Games, is fantastic. It’s very exciting, though it’s going to put extra pressure on me because people will be expecting a lot of me now,” she said. “I’m going to take that pressure and convert it into training and determination. We’ll see where it takes me in 2018.” She won a silver medal in half pipe at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games this year.
The net worth of Marie Martinod is currently unknown.
Marie Martinod is quite active on her Twitter and Facebook profiles. She is available on Twitter @MarieMartinod and on Facebook @MarieMartinod.