MADRID – Determined to achieve her Olympic dream, Italian snowboarder Michela Moioli had to overcome a serious knee injury on her way to becoming Italy’s first snowboard cross Olympic champion. Her inspirational story of how she beat the odds to claim gold is featured in an all new episode of the Olympic Channel original series Against All Odds presented by Bridgestone available now.
Moioli helped to premiere the episode, titled Michela Moioli: From crashing out to fairy-tale gold in PyeongChang, in her home country at the 2018 international Sport Movies & TV FICTS film festival held in Milan on 16 November where it received a “Garland d’Honneur” award for Olympic spirit.
As a teenager, the Italian snowboarder was an up-and-coming snowboard cross racer who dreamed of one day winning Olympic gold. At the 2014 Sochi Games, Moioli was the youngest competitor in the snowboard cross finals at just 18 years old. After cruising into the final race, her medal hopes quickly evaporated when she crashed and suffered a season-ending knee injury that kept her out of competition for nearly a year.
“I was agitated, because I wanted a medal at any cost and I started to not see clearly, to worry, to have disconnected thoughts,” said Moioli.
Not about to give up her Olympic dream, Michela worked past the injury and qualified for the 2018 PyeongChang Games where she was an immediate favourite. Rising to the occasion, she gave a thrilling come-from-behind performance to win gold and claim the title of Olympic champion.
“I think about how much time had passed, how much had happened, how I’ve grown, how I’ve changed and what I’ve been through,” she added. “It was what I wanted since I was a little girl and I believed it. Finally, I knew it was true – I was the new Olympic Champion!”
The journey behind athletes who embody the Olympic spirit are at the heart of the Olympic Channel’s documentary series Against All Odds presented by Bridgestone. Each episode is inspired by the story of an athlete who offers a first-person account of a key turning point in their life that demonstrates how personal will and determination helped them to overcome adversity and reach their goals.
The eighth and final episode of Against All Odds is now available on-demand on the Olympic Channel global digital platform. Previous episodes of Against All Odds featuring the inspirational journeys of blind swimmer Enhamed Enhamed (ESP), bobsledder Bill Schuffenhauer (USA), rugby sevens’ Jerry Tuwai (FIJ), cross-country skier Petra Majdic (SLO), weightlifter Óscar Figueroa (COL), sailor Santiago Lange (ARG) and trampolinist Bryony Page (GBR) are also available.
Against All Odds is produced exclusively for the Olympic Channel by MediaPro from Spain.
The Olympic Channel is a multi-platform, global media destination where fans can experience the power of sport and the excitement of the Olympic Games all year round, and is available worldwide via mobile apps for Android and iOS devices and at olympicchannel.com.
Olympic Channel Episode Guide: Against All Odds
Episode 1 – Against All Odds: Enhamed Enhamed: Desert and Gold
Episode 2 – Against All Odds: Bill Schuffenhauer: Silver Tale from Salt Lake City
Episode 3 – Against All Odds: Jerry Tuwai: Bringing Hope from the Slum to the Nation
Episode 4 – Against All Odds: Petra Majdic and the Miracle of Vancouver
Episode 5 – Against All Odds: Óscar Figueroa: A Colombian Hero’s Final Salvation
Episode 6 – Against All Odds: Santiago Lange Beats Cancer Then Wins Olympic Gold
Episode 7 – Against All Odds: Bryony Page Bounces Back from Lost Move Syndrome
Episode 8 – Against All Odds: Michela Moioli: From crashing out to fairy-tale gold in PyeongChang
About the Olympic Channel
The Olympic Channel is a multi-platform media destination where fans can discover, engage and share in the power of sport and the excitement of the Olympic Games all year round. Offering original programming, news, live sports events and highlights, the Olympic Channel provides additional exposure for sports and athletes 24 hours a day, 365 days a year in 11 languages. The Olympic Channel was launched in August 2016 in support of the IOC’s goal, set out in Olympic Agenda 2020, of providing a new way to engage younger generations, fans and new audiences with the Olympic Movement. Founding Partners supporting the Olympic Channel are Worldwide TOP Partners Bridgestone, Toyota and Alibaba. The Olympic Channel is available worldwide via mobile apps for Android and iOS devices and at olympicchannel.com.