Carlos Mäder

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Carlos Mäder Alpine skiing
nation GhanaGhana Ghana
birthday 23rd October 1978 (age 41)
place of birth Cape Coast , Ghana
size 179 cm
discipline Slalom , giant slalom
society SC Giswil-Mörlialp
status active
last change: February 18, 2019

Carlos Mader (* 23. October 1978 in Cape Coast as Kojo Benya Brown ) is a Ghanaian - Swiss skier , who is on the disciplines of slalom and giant slalom specializes.

life and career

Mäder was born in 1978 under the name Kojo Benya Brown as the son of an American and a Ghanaian woman in the Ghanaian port city of Cape Coast and was adopted by a Swiss couple at the age of eight months. Growing up in Giswil in the Swiss canton of Obwalden , he learned to ski at the age of three on the local Mörlialp . He joined the Giswil-Mörlialp ski club and was later a member of the club's squad. In his youth, Mäder played football at FC Luzern and was appointed to a regional team. After graduating from high school , he studied business administration and marketing & communications ; Currently (2018) he lives in Lucerne and works as a freelancer in multimedia and marketing.

In the summer of 2017, Mäder decided to compete for Ghana in the 2018 Winter Olympics . To enable participation, he raised money through crowdfunding and found sponsors for the project in the companies Nordica , uvex and Leki Lenhart . Part of the income went to the aid organization Hope for Ghana . Via the international ski association Fédération Internationale de Ski (FIS), Mäder also got in touch with Kwame Nkrumah-Acheampong , the first and to date only professional ski racer in Ghana and President of the Ghana Ski Association . A Ghanaian passport was issued to Mäder on October 8, 2017, and official registration with the FIS took place in November.

In order to collect the FIS points necessary for the Olympic qualification, he took part in an FIS giant slalom race for the first time on December 9, 2017 in the South Tyrolean Pfelders , where he finished 46th and last. Further participation in slalom and giant slalom competitions in Bosnia and Herzegovina , Turkey , Switzerland, Slovenia , Bulgaria and Iran followed by January 17, 2018 ; Despite a tenth place in the slalom in Darbandsar , Iran , due to numerous canceled races, it was not enough for the desired qualification for the Olympic Games.

After further FIS races in January and February 2019, Mäder qualified for the 2019 Alpine World Ski Championships in Åre, Sweden . On February 14, 2019 he took part in the qualifying race for the giant slalom and finished in 93rd place; He left fifteen competitors behind, including Hubertus von Hohenlohe (Mexico) and Jean-Pierre Roy (Haiti). This was not enough for participation in the World Championship race, Mäder came in 106th place in the final accounts. On February 16, he participated in the slalom qualifying race, which he finished in 75th place. So he missed the qualification for the final competition and finished 80th in the final ranking.

Sporting record

World championships

FIS races

  • a top 10 placement in the giant slalom on January 17, 2019 in Darbandsar

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Carlos is looking for happiness. In: Schweizer Illustrierte , February 2018 edition, pp. 72–81.
  2. ^ A b Claudio Zanini: Alpine skiing: A Giswil Ghanaian wants to go to South Korea. In: (December 6, 2017).
  3. a b Marcel Rohner: This Swiss competes in the World Ski Championships for Ghana. In: (February 13, 2019).
  4. (bud): Weather spoils the game: No Olympics for ski exotic Carlos Mäder. In: (January 24, 2018).
  5. ^ Claudio Zanini: More than an exotic one: Carlos Mäder from Obwalden is driving for Ghana at the World Cup in Åre. In: (February 14, 2019).