Reclaiming Fitspo: Mathilde-Amivi Petitjean
Petitjean is a 19 year old cross-country skier. Born in Niger and briefly competing for France, she now represents Togo. Petitjean debuted at Sochi as Togo’s first competitor at the Winter Olympics.
Born to a Togolese mother, Petitjean spent most of her life in in Haute-Savoie, France, where she learned to ski. In March 2013, she was actually contacted by the Togolese Ski Federation through Facebook and invited to compete in the Olympics. She had never before considered becoming an Olympian, but ran with the opportunity.
Although she did not place well in her race, Petitjean is not discouraged. She has already begun talking about her training for the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. She hopes that her appearance will help to inspire other Africans to invest in winter sports and support the Olympic teams. "I think all the people in all (African) countries are happy for me," she stated. "It’s good for African countries that they see it’s possible to participate in the Winter Olympic Games."
ETA: Petitjean’s birthday is Feb. 19th, so click the links on her Sochi profile to give her a celebratory shoutout on twitter or facebook!
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