Ski Olympic champion (30) is struggling with a family stroke of fate: "An illness that is getting worse and worse"
Created: 2022-11-25 05:05
By: Andreas Knobloch
Ski Olympic champion Sara Hector has suffered a heavy blow of fate in her family.
© IMAGO/GEPA pictures/ Daniel Goetzhaber
Gold medals aren't everything in a woman's life.
That's what Sara Hector from Sweden, Olympic champion in alpine skiing, found out.
Are - At the giant slalom of the Beijing 2022 Olympic Games, Sara Hector's winter sports star rose.
The Swede won gold and thus rose to the eternal ski alpine Olympus.
The then 29-year-old celebrated the greatest success of her career in China.
Now the skier spoke about a stroke of fate.
Ski Olympic champion Sara Hector: mother has ALS - daughter collects money
Hector's mother has ALS.
It is said that ten percent of those suffering from ALS pass on the disease.
Hector's mother is still doing well: "It's a disease that's getting worse and worse, slowly with my mother.
I'm grateful for that," Hector told Aftonbladet.
ALS: amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a life-threatening disease that damages the nervous system.
Certain nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord are progressively attacked.
The nerve cells affected by ALS are called motor neurons.
Muscle weakness is therefore typical of ALS.
Patients lose the ability to initiate and control muscle movement.
You can find more on the subject in the article by Merkur.de.
Hector raises money to fight ALS.
"I hope a lot of people will come and challenge their friends.
It's about 'with joy against ALS'.
It was important to me that it should be something positive.
Celebrating what you can do and being thankful that not everyone can do it,” said the alpine skiing specialist in an interview about her own ski competition, which is held as a charity event.
Sara Hector: Ski Olympic champion changes center of life to Austria
Nevertheless, the Olympic champion is optimistic about the disease, given the circumstances.
She trusts science, telling
: “There's a lot happening in the research world and it's very positive and maybe they can find real medicines that can stop it and not just slow it down.
With this attention, there is an even greater chance that it can be funded even more.
That particular part is positive.”
Hector herself has changed the center of her life.
As she tells
, she is leaving Sweden and is now living in Austria.
"If ever there was a time I should do it, it's now," Hector says of the dream of living in the Alps, which also has a strategic advantage.
She can train better there and shortens her travel time.
She lives in a small village called Au, "fifteen minutes from the service man".
Perhaps moving and dealing openly with the blow of fate will help to continue being as successful as at the Olympics.