- Name: Sophie Mathiou
- Date & place of birth: Aosta-Italy, 5th February 2002
- Hometown: Gressan (AO)
- Family: Igor, Sabrina (parents), Thierry, Henri (siblings)
- Teams: Italian National Team #2 “technical” disciplines / Centro Sportivo Carabinieri
- Focus disciplines: slalom, giant slalom, supergiant
- Strengths: Curious, enterprising, determined, constant, stubborn
- Hobbies: Mountain hiking, biking, travelling and discovering new places, playing tennis, learning foreign languages
No surprise that Sophie belongs to alpine skiing: both her grandmother Roselda Joux and her aunt Sonia Vierin have been professional athletes, competing for several years in the italian team and earning Olympic and World Championship “caps”. Then, her mother Sabrina, needless to say, she is a skiing teacher.
So at the age of two she “tastes” the snow for the first time… and after a little while here come the races. Her talent stands quickly out, as she qualifies herself to the international phases of “Topolino” and “Pinocchio” international ski trophies and she wins the slalom race at the Alpe Cimbra FIS Children Cup 2018. The technical disciplines (slalom and giant slalom) become soon her focus giant and slalom… but of course without neglecting the speed ones, in which she shows a good feeling too.
After a good decade spent in her very first team, the “Ski Club Pila” in her hometown Gressan, she’s promoted into the regional team of Aosta Valley (ASIVA) and therefore, in 2018, she makes her debut in FIS races. Shortly, on March 29th 2019, she wins the Italian “aspiranti” slalom title at Passo San Pellegrino, with a strong second run in she beats many older opponents. Also thanks to this result, she gets the third place in the “Gran Premio Italia” racing circuit.
In 2018 she’s enrolled by the sports team of “Carabinieri” and then she’s able to improve her level more and more: at the 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne she impresses with her strong performances in both giant slalom and alpine combined, battling for a medal for the whole races.
Before the 2020-21 Season, she enters the junior national italian team and she earns her very first point in European Cup… then, on March 10th 2021, she causes a sensation as she wins the slalom World junior title in Bansko (BUL), getting a result that no italian skier had been able to reach for 28 years.
This last result gives her the right to make her debut in the World Cup finals at Lenzerheide: after taking part into the Team Event (and winning her run), on March 20th 2021 she pushes her first “individual” gate in the top racing circuit. The first step towards a bright future…
Sophie holds an outstanding and competitive attitude: she always attacks on the race ground, doing her best and fighting hard until the finish line. This makes of her one of the most followed young skiers in our time.