It’s really cool that you’re interested in learning a little bit about me! Many thanks. There’s an easy way to get to know me better: take a trip to Buochs, find yourself a lush meadow or another beautiful setting and enjoy the fantastic air and the magic of the region. That’s what my ancestors did more than 600 years ago when they settled in in Nidwalden “a de Matt” (Swiss dialect for “on the meadow”). Today there are almost 6000 Odermatts in Switzerland. Whether footballer, policeman-cum-photographer or film director: almost all of them come from Central Switzerland. And they all love their homeland. As I do. And that’s why I still like living at home in Buochs with my parents Priska and Walti and my sister Alina. All Odermatts!
1997 - 2007
So on 8 October 1997, another Odermatt came into the world, and just two years and two months later I was already on my first skis on the slopes of Klewenalp. And another two years later, at the age of four and a half, I competed in my first ski race on the slopes of Mörlialp. I enjoyed it so much that I wanted to spend nine seconds longer on the piste than the winner. A little later, my father took me with him to the Hergiswil Ski Club, where he had been youth organization leader for many years. That was a key experience for me: once Hergiswil Ski Club, always Hergiswil Ski Club. But it also took a lot of theory lessons to get ahead in the sport. Together with my family, I watched as many World Cup races as possible. And I savoured every Swiss victory, but I found my sporting heroes in my own ski club: Andrea Ellenberger and Reto Schmidiger, who were four and five years older than me – and were really successful. But I was also doing well. In 2005, I reached the final in my very first Migros GP and was in the starting line-up in Brigels. A year later in Grindelwald, at the foot of the North Wall of the Eiger, I then won the final of Migros GP for the first time. At the age of 10 I had made it. I was included in the youth squad of the Nidwalden Ski Association (NSV) and benefited a lot from NSV trainer Rumo Lussi.
2008 - 2014
In 2008, I competed in my first season of Swiss Ski points racing events, and a year later qualified for the youth squad of the ZSSV (Central Switzerland’s Snow Sports Association), where I trained with Silvano Stadler. By now I was focusing more and more on skiing – but could still not neglect my schooling. It’s great what opportunities there are today for ambitious youngsters in their chosen sport. From 2012 onwards I benefited from the Support Programme for Talented Alpine Skiers at RLZ Hergiswil, and two years later I moved to the Swiss sports school in Engelberg. After completing my 3rd secondary school class there, I then moved to the high school, where I will complete my school-leaving exam in the summer of 2017 – when I look forward to updating this section … In Engelberg, I have benefited enormously from my trainers Hubert Hiemer, Gerhard Greber and Thedy Brändli – and also from my schoolmates in a variety of winter sports. There was always someone celebrating a victory, and that was the best motivation for all the others. I also succeeded as an all-rounder, starting in all disciplines and winning one race or another. But I noticed that my strongest disciplines are Giant Slalom and Super G.
2015 - 2017
At the European Youth Olympic Festival in Malbun, I came a good fourth in the Giant Slalom in January 2015. In the summer, I was then included in the C squad of Swiss Ski, in Osi Inglin’s training group, and by December I was already gathering my first European Cup experiences. And then everything started to move very quickly: in early February 2016, I competed in the Nor-Am Cup in Mont-Saint-Anne, Canada, where I came second in the Giant Slalom. This gave me a lot of confidence when I then went on to the Junior World Ski Championships in Sochi. But I never would have dared to dream that I would return home to Buochs with two medals: gold in the Giant Slalom and bronze in the Super G. And there was still the final event of the season to come: on 19 March in St. Moritz, I competed in my first World Cup race and came in a good 22nd. The reward for these good performances was my inclusion in the B squad. Here Erich Schmidiger was my trainer in the European Cup Technique group. And at the start of the 2016/2017 season, things continued almost in the same vein: in Sölden, where I started with the high start number of 53, I surprisingly came 17th and won my first World Cup points. After the first runrace, I was actually even in 12th place. In Val d’Isère, Alta Badia and Adelboden, I gathered further World Cup experience and even won more World Cup points in Alta Badia. To help my continuing development, I also competed in European Cup races, coming a very successful 4th and 8th in Davos. And then the bitter setback: because of a harmless mistake on the inside ski, I damaged my meniscus in the European Cup Giant Slalom in Val d’Isère. My season is now at an end – without the World Championships in St. Moritz and without the opportunity to defend my Junior World Champion’s title. A real shame.
European Cup Giant Slalom in Val d’Isère. My season is now at an end – without the World Championships in St. Moritz and without the opportunity to defend my Junior World Champion’s title. A real shame.
I’ll be back
They say you learn from mistakes and rebound from setbacks stronger than before. That’s also true for me. Not least thanks to your support. Please wait for me. I’ll be back in the autumn.
Greetings from Marco in Buochs and from Hergiswil Ski Club