When did you start figure skating?
Kimmy Repond has been skating regularly since she was 4 years old. She has won gold three times in a row at the Swiss figure skating championships and is also successful in international competitions.
Kimmy, when did you start figure skating?
It was a very smooth transition. I went to a swimming academy three times a week until I was 8, and six times a week I played the piano for at least an hour. When I was 4 years old, I was also on the ice, 4 to 5 times a week. Whenever my sisters were on the ice. When I was almost 10 years old, I focused on figure skating after having been to Russia with Jeromie, one of my sisters. Within a year I was suddenly able to do all the triple jumps in training, which was particularly motivating for me.
What is it about this sport that fascinates you?
The challenge of learning something new. Currently it is the triple axel or quadruple salchow. I also like to slip into different roles, similar to acting, and I love interpreting the different pieces of music and telling a story.
You are only 12 years old and you are already doing triple jumps. Is that normal at this age?
This is a big exception in Switzerland, where no ice skater at the age of 12 jumps all triple jumps and triple-triple combinations. If you look internationally, today everything is online, 12-year-old girls are already jumping triple axel and quadruple jumps, even if that's the exception.
What do you want to do for a living later?
I think a psychologist or a doctor, like my sisters. Because I am very interested in this job and I can help people. But my big dream would be to set up an ice skating center with Stephan Lambiel and my sisters after completing my studies and to set it up as perfectly as is done in America or Russia.
What is your everyday life like at the moment?
Warming up at 6 a.m., then training, school, training, school, fitness or ballet, and then another hour or two for me. It's only been a great day for me if my training or competition went well. I love ice skating. I love it every day and I always look forward to the ice cream.
What are your goals in figure skating?
To be honest, I have big goals for myself. I want to be the first figure skater in Switzerland to show the triple axel and quadruple jump in competition. I want to be as good as the best Americans or Russians. A lofty goal, but I'm working on realizing it. With a good team that supports me and that I can rely on, I might be able to do it.
What qualities do you need to be so successful in sport?
Certainly a great passion, similar to Roger Federer or Stephan Lambiel. You can still feel the passion for sport in both of them today. For me, both are exceptional talents with a huge passion. A talent should not be missing either. But I think in order to grow up, what you do has to come from the heart.
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