|Martin Fourcade shoots his way to gold.|
Leading up to the Sochi games, Julbo worked alongside its athletes to ensure our products were meeting the demands of gold-worthy performances in Russia. And sure enough, throughout the summer-like winter games and orange-colored water, it still poured medals for the Julbo athletes.
As expected, Martin Fourcade captured two gold and one silver medals. The biathlete was undeniably the strongman of the Games, gathering the two Olympic titles in the Pursuit and Individual. His one silver came in the Mass Start, where he missed gold by a mere three centimeters. A medalist in World Championships and World Cups, Martin once again confirmed his position as the undisputed world leader of biathlon and became one of France’s most successful athletes at the Winter Games.
|Béatrix & Fourcade celebrate their podium.|
The surprise performance from Team Julbo came from Jean-Guillaume Béatrix in the biathlon. Prior to Sochi, his best individual performance was one podium at a World Cup. His personal goal of a top-10 result was far surpassed by his bronze medal in the Pursuit, joining countryman Fourcade on the podium.
|Karin Oberhofer races to a bronze medal.|
At just 18 years old and with a jump of 97.5 meters, Coline Mattel won the bronze medal as women’s ski jumping made its Olympic debut. In her second Olympic Games, Italian biathlete Karin Oberhofer won bronze in the Mixed Relay.
Ski cross star (and designer of the sparkly Elles Angels) Ophélie David went to Sochi in search of gold. With a bronze medal easily in sight, she still wasn't content and put it all on the line. Her quest unfortunately ended with a fall and she narrowly missed a podium spot. But her fighting spirit was inspirational and her courage and determination reminded us of what a true champion has to risk.
|The teenaged Coline Mattel's jumps to a bronze.|
More than just metal, Olympic medals are the Holy Grail of sports. However, there is a lot more to an Olympiad. Just making it to Sochi is an enormous honor. We’ll remember the fantastic performance of Aurore Jean in the 30-kilometer cross-country skiing Mass Start, which saw her finish in sixth. We'll remember the determination of Dawa Sherpa in the cross-country skiing 15km Classic, who was happy to simply enjoy himself and show the way to other young Nepalese skiers.
And did you spy Julbo's rad Sochi eyewear? Worn by Martin Fourcade, Jean-Guillaume Béatrix, Coline Mattel and Karin Oberhofer in Sochi, this product line was developed and designed to improve their performance. It is the athletes' focus, discipline and concentration that inspired the Gold Quest collection with its repeated patterns of the Olympic rings in black and white, embellished with splashes of gold.
Congratulations to all of the Julbo athletes in the Olympics. We’re sad that it’s over!