Path to PyeongChang 2018: From slope star to skiing broadcaster

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As spectacular images of the Alpine Skiing at PyeongChang 2018 are broadcast around the world next month, Olympian Mirella Silva Prado Arnhold OLY will be helping to call the shots.

The Brazilian alpine skier, who competed at the Salt Lake City 2002 and Turin 2006 Olympic Winter Games, has transitioned to a career behind the camera and will be working for the Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS) during the Games, as Deputy Broadcast Venue Manager.

"It is always a great honour to be part of the Olympic Games,” said Arnhold. “Of course it is different participating as an athlete and competing at the biggest sporting event in the world representing your country from working at it.

“But the strong emotions, the intense feelings, the dedication and hard work, the interaction between the different cultures and backgrounds as well as the collaboration, the team work, the respect, the friendship, the commitment and excellence amongst all are not any different. Certainly different roles, but united by the singular values that only sport can bring together. It is indeed a fascinating and unforgettable life learning experience.”

After hanging up her skis as a professional racer and completing degrees in business and sports management, Arnhold turned her attention to television production. First in her home country of Brazil, where she worked as a sports commentator for TV Globo before taking on broadcast production roles for the FIFA 2014 World Cup in Brazil and the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

She is now in Korea, where her latest challenge has led her to the Yongpyong Alpine Centre, where she will be helping to produce the Alpine Skiing technical events for OBS, broadcasting the thrilling action on the slopes to millions of people worldwide.

The nine-time Brazilian national skiing champion, who serves on the Brazilian Snow Sports Federation Athletes’ Commission, believes in the importance giving back to sport and intends to continue contributing to the Olympic Movement after the Games.

“I think it is important to share our experiences and life learnings as Olympic athletes and also as professionals working in the sports field,” added Arnhold.

“I would like to congratulate WOA on their initiatives, which have been really interesting at bringing Olympians together and encouraging them to actively contribute to the promotion of the Olympic Values and the worldwide development of sport.”

World Olympians Association at PyeongChang 2018

World Olympians Association (WOA) is inviting all Olympians planning to attend PyeongChang 2018 to register their interest for WOA’s Olympians programme.

Pre-registration is now open on the WOA website – sign-up today and make the most of your PyeongChang 2018 experience.

You can also RSVP for our exclusive OLYmpian Party at Slovenia House on 15 February HERE.

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