Semyel Bissig from the Beckenried Klewenalp ski club is three months younger than Marco Odermatt from Buoch. As a teenager, the strong son of a carpenter is often faster than “Odi”. Like at the JO Swiss Championship 2013 in Davos, where Semyel takes two seconds off second-placed Marco during his gold run in the slalom.
But it doesn’t continue in the same style. While Odermatt scored its first World Cup points in 2017, Bissig was without a top 30 result in the World Cup until last autumn. “For me, the process of growing up took a little longer,” analyzes Semyel. But now the talent that was trained by his mother Petra until he was 18 has become a real man.
After the sensational sixth place in the parallel giant in Lech, the 22-year-old also recorded his first points in the special giant in Santa Caterina (16th place) and Alta Badia (13). His development in golf also shows that Bissig is an extraordinarily great talent for movement. Although he only got his handicap two years ago, Semyel already has a handicap of 5.9. “I have the feeling that my passion for golf has also advanced me as a ski racer, especially when it comes to my ability to concentrate.”
“Marcel was my great role model”
Marcel Hirscher also plays an important role in the development of Central Switzerland. «Marcel was always my great role model. And because we’re both 1.73 meters tall, our joint ski outfitter has already signed me as a Marcel double for a commercial. I was 17 or 18 when I was allowed to play the great Hirscher on the Kitzsteinhorn for two days. “
Today Bissig can start for the first time where the eight-time overall World Cup winner Hirscher triumphed nine times between 2012 and 2019 – at the Adelboden Chuenisbärgli. Bissig drives with a broad chest into the Bernese Oberland. Because he knows: Anyone who, like him, finishes in the top 15 in the extremely selective giant slalom in Alta Badia is also hot for a top position in Adelboden.