Anna Kiesenhofer has won the Gold in women’s cycling in the Tokyo Olympics.
What intrigued me more is that professionally, she is a scientist, working full time as a postdoctoral fellow in the department of Mathematics at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Currently, she is working on nonlinear partial differential equations to solve questions in the field of Physics.
She did her BSc from Technical University of Vienna, MSc from University of Cambridge, and Ph.D. from Polytechnic University of Catalonia.
Such an illustrious academic background and now a gold medal in Olympics.
Too many hats to wear !!! Who said a professional scientist/mathematician can’t be a sports champion?
This is absolutely inspirational.
This is unheard of in elite sports at the Olympic level because usually, the winners would be very close to each other at the finish line leading to a close call. She was so far ahead of the professional champion who came second that when the professional champion crossed the line she thought she was first. She was then told that she was actually second and that the winner had already crossed the line long ago.
The top sportspeople are already pushing their bodies to the extreme and it’s unimaginable that someone would be able to get so much farther ahead of a professional champion, and the person who did it was not a professional sportswoman – this is a very big story and maybe people don’t realize the actual magnitude of it.