Five years-old and hitting the slopes, Anne-Sophie Barthet now at the age of 30, is transitioning into her new role at EY after a successful sporting career.
It wasn’t until the age of 12-years-old, and already a proficient skier, that Anne-Sophie realised she wanted to compete in Alpine Skiing. She had tried other sports as a youngster including tennis, golf, swimming and ice skating but she preferred being outdoors and competing in high adrenaline sports.
An event at the Winter Olympics since 1936, Alpine skiing, or downhill skiing, is the pastime of sliding down snow-covered slopes on skis with fixed-heel bindings, unlike other types of skiing (cross-country, Telemark, or ski jumping) which use skis with free-heel bindings.
Training for such a competitive sport to get to the level that Anne-Sophie has achieved takes time and dedication. Anne-Sophie would train up to 40 hours per week, a full-time commitment in itself. A three time Olympian and the youngest ever Olympian in her sport in Turin, 2006, Anne-Sophie’s hard work and determination to be the best truly paid off.
“My proudest moment was my first title in the National Championship, it’s just nationals but I was a young gun and I beat some girls who impressed even me. It was the first time I had achieved anything like that and it was crazy for me,” she said.
A multiple World Cup competitor, Anne-Sophie has been in the top fifteen an incredible four times representing France. Anne-Sophie even managed to come back from an impossible injury to reach the top 5 in Alpine Skiing. With four coaches and 10 athletes to work with, it has been a long road to achieving her goals but it’s not without throwing everything into her career.
“Working with Athlete Career transition has been a brilliant experience, they have helped to make the transition a lot easier for me and I especially like the video interviews. They allowed me to express my skills in a different manner and take time to be as thorough as I needed to be with the questions I was asked,” said Anne-Sophie.
Athlete Career Transition use the latest technologies and psychometric profiling techniques to ensure athletes are not only given the tools to fully express themselves, but provide employers with an enhanced and in-depth insight to the athlete’s psychological drivers.
Believing in yourself and going for your goals is something Anne-Sophie truly stands by, “No matter what, believe in yourself and work for your dreams. I am looking forward to discovering a new world, adapting to a new routine and learning as much as I can.
“It has been a great experience transitioning and getting ready to take on the challenges at EY. I know It will be quite a challenge, but I’m excited to see what the future holds.”
Steve Moore, ex international Welsh rugby player and co-founder at Athlete Career Transition commented, “It’s important to an athlete that they achieve the goals they set for themselves, and once they retire, it’s often difficult for them to visualise their next goal. When you leave sport, goals and objectives aren’t as black and white as when you’re competing. At ACT, we’re here to ensure our athletes are setting the right goals to ensure success is achieved and support them with the challenges they’ll face throughout their transition.”