Beijing 2022: Carlos Mäder finally realizes Olympic ambition at 43
Carlos Mäder aspired to be a footballer as a child in Switzerland, but his friends persuaded him to pursue skiing later in life. He eventually got his chance at the age of 43, when he qualified to represent Ghana at the Beijing Winter Olympics.
No one could blame Carlos Mäder, a first-time Olympian, for taking a careful lap down Yanqing’s Ice River course during the men’s giant slalom on Sunday.
Even the best racers were having trouble with the snowy conditions. The competition had to be interrupted on a regular basis while workers cleaned up the course, and the second run was over two hours late.
But Mäder, who, at 43, is the oldest alpine skiing competitor at the Winter Olympics, did not work so hard to go slow. Ghana’s sole representative came to Beijing to go fast.
“If you don’t risk, you’re far behind, so it’s always full gas,” Mäder told DW. “I always want to go as fast as possible. For me, just coming down is not an option.”
Mäder’s run didn’t last long, despite the fact that he was wearing Ghanaian flags on both his legs and arms. He couldn’t go past the first sector without spinning out to the left. He, on the other hand, has no regrets. He is happy to make history at long last.
Only one athlete for Ghana 🇬🇭
Carlos Maeder is Ghana’s sole contender at the Winter Olympics in #Beijing2022, he is the oldest athlete in the alpine skiing field. He is the 3rd ever Ghanaian to compete at the Winter Olympic Games.