Having grown up in the Engadin mountains, it was quite natural for me as a child to try different sports. From early childhood I was skiing, doing gymnastics, horseback riding, dancing and loved being outdoors. Besides sports, I played the piano too. During primary school I competed in gymnastics and cross-country skiing, all just for fun. Back then my athletic ambitions were close to zero. It was just a pleasure for me to be active and meet with friends during the weekends. The competition was not so important to me and I used to finish low in the rankings.
I started to take it more seriously when I competed in my first Swiss championship in cross-country skiing. My father told me that I would be on the podium and when I finished I felt great. So when the leaderboard was up I started looking for my name at the top, but I didn‘t find it, so I started looking again and again with no success. Finally, I went through the whole list and found Elisa Gasparin third from the bottom! My parents supported me as much as possible, but never pushed me.