Marie Isabelle Elise Bochet
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.
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Sport specific information
She was flag bearer for France at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. She performed the same role at the closing ceremony of the 2014 Games in Sochi. (handisport.org, 05 Feb 2018; paralympic.org, 16 Mar 2014)
In 2014 she received the Prize of the City of Paris from the Academy of Sports in France. (cdusport.com, 23 Sep 2014)
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 born in the Beaufortain valley in 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 [the Republic of] Korea [during the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang] was important. And, believe me, it had a peculiar flavour in Pyeongchang. I couldn't live anywhere else. I am from this land. I love to see the mountains." (parismatch.com, 07 Apr 2018)
She has served as a member of the athletes' commission of the organising committee for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Paris. (sportbuzzbusiness.fr, 23 Apr 2018)
She appeared as a model for a cosmetic brand during the 2018 Paris Fashion Week in France. "I never dreamt about a career as a model. I come from the mountains so I always thought that modelling wouldn't be for me. But, apparently, it can happen. It's a matter of context, and meeting people." (sportbuzzbusiness.fr, 01 Oct 2018; francebleu.fr, 30 Sep 2018)
|Women's Downhill Standing||Final Round||8|
|Women's Super-G Standing||Final Round||8|
|Women's Super Combined Standing||Final Round||4|
|Women's Giant Slalom Standing||Final Round||7|
|Women's Slalom Standing||Final Round||4|
|Women's Downhill Standing||Final||2011-01-16||2|
|Women's Super-G Standing||Final||2011-01-18||2|
|Women's Super-Combined Standing||Final||2011-01-19||9999|
|Women's Giant Slalom Standing||Final||2011-01-21||1|
|Mixed Team Event VI/Sitting/Standing||Final||2011-01-23||1|
|Women's Downhill Standing||Race 1||2013-02-20||1|
|Women's Super-G Standing||Race 1||2013-02-21||1|
|Women's Slalom Standing||Race 1||2013-02-24||1|
|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|
|Women's Slalom Standing||Final Round||2014-03-12||9999|
|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|
|Women's Super-G Standing||Final||2018-03-11||1|
|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|