All eyes were on Marie Bochet ahead of the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games after she had won the 2017-18 overall World Cup title. The French alpine skier had the difficult task of repeating her outstanding performance from Sochi 2014, where she took four golds.
But Bochet seemed not to feel the pressure as she stormed to quadruple gold once again on South Korean soil, winning the women´s downhill, super-G, giant slalom and slalom standing races.
She also delivered a glittering performance in the 2016-17 season. At first, her campaign was placed in jeopardy before it even got underway. The Frenchwoman injured her knee in training, forcing her to sit-out pre-season preparations while she waited for it to heal.
However, she returned just in time for the World Championships in Italy where she faced long-term rival Andrea Rothfuss. Bochet took gold in the women´s downhill, super-G and super-combined to take her overall medals tally at Worlds to 18.
But her impressive run of form was halted by the German in the giant slalom and the slalom with the German leaving with golds from both events.
Bochet, who has agenesis of the left arm, started skiing at the age of five and made her Paralympic debut at Vancouver 2010 at just 15. While she failed to win a medal, she used the experience to build her resume, following it up with four medals at the 2011 World Championships in Sestriere, Italy.
The Frenchwoman, a native of Chambery, went unbeaten at both the 2013 and 2015 World Championships, amassing an impressive 11 consecutive world titles.
The 2015-16 season also saw Bochet winning all her races and reaching 50 World Cup career wins. That resulted in a sweep of World Cup globes in all disciplines and the overall title.
Further personal information
Sport specific information
In October 2016 she fractured the fibular head of her right knee while training in Tignes, France. She returned to training two months later. (les-sportives-mag.fr, 11 Apr 2017; ledauphine.com, 28 Oct 2016)
In 2018 she was named an Official of the Legion of Honour National Order in France. (republicain-lorrain.fr, 11 Apr 2018)
She was flag bearer for France at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (handisport.org, 05 Feb 2018)
She was named Best Female Athlete of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi by the International Paralympic Committee [IPC]. (paralympic.org, 17 Apr 2014)
She received the 2014 Laureus World Sports Award for Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability. (paralympic.org, 26 Mar 2014)
She was flag bearer for France at the closing ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. paralympic.org, 16 Mar 2014)
In 2013 she became the first female Para alpine skier to win the downhill, super G, slalom, super combined, and giant slalom at the same edition of the world championships when she triumphed in all five events in La Molina, Spain. (paralympic.org, 08 Mar 2015)
She was the youngest French athlete at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver, where she competed in her first event, the downhill, at age 16 years and 32 days. (SportsDeskOnline, 01 Nov 2020)
During the 2021/22 World Cup season she reached 100 career World Cup victories. Her 100th win was in standing super G in 2021 in Steinach am Brenner, Austria. She had been on 99 World Cup victories for almost two years, with her previous triumph coming in February 2020 in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Russian Federation. "It is very, very important for me to pass this cap of 100 victories. The two last winters were not easy for me. I had bad feelings and I didn't find a solution and I thought that I could never win again because some young girls are coming who are very fresh and exciting. I had a very good autumn. For a few years I didn't have fun on the skis and this year it's very cool." (paralympic.org, 16 Dec 2021; medias4.fis-ski.com, 07 Dec 2021)
Speaking in mid-2020 she said she is planning to compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing, but has also begun to think about life after skiing. "There is a strong chance I will be there [at the Games in 2022], even if I don't want to look too far ahead. I have started to think about other things [in life] than competing. I am not putting any pressure on myself, to be there [in Beijing] or to stop my career. [But] the time will soon arrive to move on to the next chapter." (ledauphine.com, 26 May 2020; ledauphine.com, 09 Mar 2020)
She is a member of the French army's 'Army of Champions' programme. "I have a contract with a status of 'civilian defence member'. It is a job with a monthly salary and social cover. It allows me to continue my sport. We are in regular contact with the army's able-bodied athletes, and it's a very enriching programme." (ski-handisport.org, 03 Apr 2020; fiphfp.fr, 01 Jan 2019)
She has served as a member of the athletes' commission of the organising committee for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Paris. She is also member of the International Paralympic Committee's Athletes' Council and the French Handisport Federation. In addition, she has worked with Peace and Sport, a movement aimed at transmitting the values of sport in zones of conflict around the world. (huddlemakers.com, 24 Mar 2020; paralympic.org, 01 Jan 2019; sportbuzzbusiness.fr, 23 Apr 2018)
TASTE OF HOME
She is from Beaufort, France, which is known for the production of Beaufort cheese. Her parents have a farm where they raise cows, and Bochet always takes some of the cheese with her when she travels to competitions. "It's my reassurance. It takes me back to my valley. Having a little piece of this heritage with me in Korea [during the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang] was important. And, believe me, it had a peculiar flavour in Pyeongchang." (parismatch.com, 07 Apr 2018)
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|Women's Super-Combined Standing||Race 1||2013-02-25||1|
|Women's Giant Slalom Standing||Race 1||2013-02-26||1|
|Women's Downhill Standing||Final Round||2014-03-08||1|
|Women's Super-G Standing||Final Round||2014-03-10||1|
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|Women's Super Combined Standing||Final Round||2014-03-14||1|
|Women's Giant Slalom Standing||Final Round||2014-03-16||1|
|Women's Downhill Standing||Race 1||2015-03-04||1|
|Women's Super-G Standing||Race 1||2015-03-05||1|
|Women's Super-Combined Standing||Race 1||2015-03-07||1|
|Women's Giant Slalom Standing||Race 1||2015-03-08||1|
|Women's Slalom Standing||Race 1||2015-03-10||1|
|Women's Downhill Standing||Race 1||2017-01-25||1|
|Women's Super-G Standing||Race 1||2017-01-26||1|
|Women's Super-Combined Standing||Race 1||2017-01-28||1|
|Women's Giant Slalom Standing||Race 1||2017-01-30||2|
|Women's Slalom Standing||Race 1||2017-01-31||2|
|Women's Downhill Standing||Final||2018-03-10||1|
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|Women's Super Combined Standing||Final||2018-03-13||9999|
|Women's Giant Slalom Standing||Final||2018-03-14||1|
|Women's Slalom Standing||Final||2018-03-18||1|
|Women's Giant Slalom Standing||Race 1||2019-01-22||1|
|Women's Slalom Standing||Race 1||2019-01-24||1|
|Women's Downhill Standing||Race 1||2019-01-30||1|
|Women's Super-Combined Standing||Race 1||2019-01-31||1|
|Women's Super-G Standing||Race 1 (from SC)||2019-01-31||1|