In Ariège, the resort of Monts d’Olmes celebrates Perrine Laffont

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This Saturday, the mogul ski champion organized a day dedicated to children in the resort that saw her grow up. Despite the snow, his fans would not have missed his visit “for nothing in the world”.

No need for a red carpet or a spotlight to spot Perrine Laffont at Monts-d’Olmes. The professional skier may be discreet, the leaps of impatience and the little cries of joy from her young fans acted like real compasses this Saturday morning.

Following the Beijing Olympics, Perrine Laffont returned to the resort where she started out, as usual, for a day dedicated to children. A ritual since her first games in 2014, which she dreamed bigger this year by organizing a fun course for the youngest.
Going from workshops to activities, everyone could have a “passport” stamped and thus win different prizes. “It’s very friendly,” says Aziz. Although he is not really old enough to participate, the Toulousain would not have missed the coming of the professional skier “for nothing in the world”. Even the snow, which falls continuously, did not prevent it.

Coming from Occitania and elsewhere, the fans would not have missed this meeting “for nothing in the world”.
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There was a crowd this Saturday to participate in the Winter Camp, organized by Perrine Laffont and her sponsors.

There was a crowd this Saturday to participate in the Winter Camp, organized by Perrine Laffont and her sponsors.
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Through this day, the professional skier sought to transmit to children some of her values.

Through this day, the professional skier sought to transmit to children some of her values.
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It describes a personality like the family resort of Monts d’Olmes where she jumped her first bumps. “Perrine is a simple, accessible person who doesn’t forget where she comes from,” he underlines with admiration and respect, after having immortalized his meeting with the world and Olympic champion.

The professional skier lent herself to the game of photos and autographs with a bright and contagious smile.

The professional skier lent herself to the game of photos and autographs with a bright and contagious smile.
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Since her first games in 2014, Perrine Laffont has been making Monts d'Olmes regulars dream, whatever their age.

Since her first games in 2014, Perrine Laffont has been making Monts d’Olmes regulars dream, whatever their age.
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“Our Instructor’s Daughter”

“Available”. The word is in everyone’s mouth, starting with the “first hour supporters”. “She’s too nice, she skis too well, we want to do the same”, declare in chorus Manon (10 years old), Neïla (10 years old), Mathias (10 years old) and Inès (8 years old), between an initiation session handiski and an environmental awareness workshop.

Manon, Neïla, Séverinne, Inès and Mathias were determined to get an autograph from their idol.

Manon, Neïla, Séverinne, Inès and Mathias were determined to get an autograph from their idol.
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A challenge they succeeded a few minutes later, with a photo as a bonus!

A challenge they succeeded a few minutes later, with a photo as a bonus!
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For their part, Juliette (16) and Mathilde (19), proudly brandish the dedication freshly signed by the Ariégeoise. “We’ve been following her since her very first Olympics,” says Juliette, adding that she follows her champion’s adventures diligently via the videos posted on her Youtube page.
“When we saw it on TV from Sochi (Russia), we said to ourselves ‘oh it’s the daughter of our ski instructor’. And now we come to see her after each big event, ”adds Mathilde.
With stars in their eyes, the two young girls ended their February vacation in style. “We delayed the departure until the last moment when we knew she was coming,” says Juliette. Direction therefore Avignon, in the Vaucluse, to find their comrades on Monday. There is no doubt that their meeting with Perrine Laffont will be the first anecdote they will tell them.

Raising environmental awareness among young people

Ecology occupies a prominent place in the life of Perrine Laffont. The champion strives “on a daily basis” to apply simple but “citizen” and environmentally friendly actions. It is therefore not surprising that the Winter Camp also has an ecological aspect.
The Ana – Conservatoire d’Espaces Naturels Ariège thus offered a workshop to discover the Pyrenean fauna for the youngest. Bearded vulture, golden eagle, kite… Young and old alike were able to familiarize themselves with the different species of the massif, and their habits. “Many still believe that vultures are predators, whereas they eat carrion,” notes Jocelyn Bordeneuve, facilitator within the association.

In front of him, Anatole observes the large birds of prey with concentration, his “passport” in hand. He hopes to receive one more stamp on this one. If he knows the bearded vulture, “the biggest raptor of the mountain” he assures, the little boy in the green cap has a little trouble remembering the name of the Egyptian vulture. Eyes wide open, sparkling with curiosity, he listens carefully to Jocelyn’s explanations, before diligently classifying the birds in order of size.

A fun activity for both children and their parents. “Environmental protection is everyone’s business, and everyone can learn about it,” notes Xavier Pasquier, guard within the Regional Nature Reserve of the Saint-Barthélemy massif.

Among the proposed activities, an environmental awareness workshop.

Among the proposed activities, an environmental awareness workshop.
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Like Antonin (on the right), the children were able to familiarize themselves with the animal species of the Pyrenees, and their eating habits.

Like Antonin (on the right), the children were able to familiarize themselves with the animal species of the Pyrenees, and their eating habits.
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“Blind people have to have a lot of practice”. Barely ten years old, Romain cannot believe it. Surrounded by other children, the little boy slipped into the skin of a visually impaired person on Saturday morning. Supervised by EDF and the Departmental Handisport Committee of Ariège, the workshop was part of the activities on the Winter Camp program.
An orange blindfold over his eyes, guided by one of his friends, he had to let himself be guided in the snow. Not easy. “It’s hard, I think it takes a lot of practice to be able to walk without problems. Even if we can manage to find our way around thanks to the noise, ”describes Romain. And the “guide” part was not obvious to him either. “We must constantly say where we are, where we are going, give information to the other”, explains the little boy.

A chair for handiski

An awareness-raising activity aimed at “facilitating the inclusion” of people with disabilities. A commitment to which Perrine Laffont holds, just like her sponsor EDF. “We have been involved in disabled sports for 30 years,” underlines Alexandre Romaire, representative of the electricity producer. A commitment that takes on its full meaning, according to him, at the time of the Olympic Games “The Paralympic Games are also a way of highlighting disabled athletes, who have nothing to envy to the others”, specifies his colleague Cédric Mocellin. Both welcome their champion’s desire to raise public awareness of disabled sports “from an early age”.
The team also presented a chair intended for handiskiing for people with motor disabilities. “Normally he is only there in demonstration, notes Cédric Mocellin. But Perrine may be challenged to climb it. Another way to convey the universal values ​​of sport, and to put yourself in the shoes of other top athletes.

The day was also an opportunity to raise children's awareness of disability, through a walking workshop "blindly".

The day was also an opportunity to raise children’s awareness of disability, through a “blind” walking workshop.
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EDF and Handisport09 also offered to discover the sensations one feels when skiing in a wheelchair.

EDF and Handisport09 also offered to discover the sensations one feels when skiing in a wheelchair.
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