The school’s schedule is designed to fit her training and her competitions: She only takes the main subjects, two mornings a week are set aside for sports, and there is no homework. Ilaria works out about ten hours a week. Still, she says, she has plenty of time left for her hobbies, such as reading. And what else? «Sports,» she says with a grin. «Swimming, and a triathlon now and then.»

Ilaria has a quiet voice and reflects on her future. To become a pro would be nice, she says. But she would need to train for something else besides sports. To get an education is important to her. «You never know if I’ll succeed. And, even if the sports career works out, there is a life after that.»

She had a lot of fun at the shooting with the Skiservice Magazine. «To criss-cross Lake Sils in the crystalline snow was fantastic.» As for the competitions next winter, she is aiming high. «Full on!» she says. «I am competitive by nature.» Ilaria is the reigning Swiss champion in her age group. And she intends to defend the title.

Welcome to the Skiservice Team, dear Ilaria!

Ilaria Gruber

(13) joined the Skiservice Team in 2019. Skiservice promotes several young athletes from the Engadine across a range of sports.