Mirella's first steps on the snow was at 4 years old with her family in Las Leñas (Argentina). She recalls feeling always cold and somehow afraid to let the skis go in the very beginning. But with her older brother and cousin skiing fast and fearlessly all over the snowy mountains, she had to gain confidence not to stand alone or behind and soon she was following them with a huge smile on her face. It all became fun, the cold just a small detail, and she quickly got to enjoy skiing with her family every single season since then. Skiing became not only her passion, but also her profession as an Olympic athlete and sports professional (Bachelor in Business Administration with a Masters degree in Sports Management, Humanities and Law), to which she has dedicated great part of her life and career.

Career as an Athlete and Skiing Experience

  • 31 years of skiing experience

  • Participation in 2 Olympic Winter Games – Salt Lake City 2002 (USA) and Torino 2006 (Italy) 

  • First Brazilian female athlete to obtain the Olympic index in Alpine Skiing and therefore chosen as the Brazilian Delegation flag bearer for the Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter Games Opening Ceremony

  • Participation in 2 FIS Alpine Ski World Championships – St. Moritz 2003 (Switzerland) and Bormio 2005 (Italy), besides the debut in its Junior edition in Verbier 2001 (Switzerland)

  • Nine times Brazilian Alpine Skiing Champion and leader of the national ranking in all disciplines during 7 years

  • Certified Ski Instructor by the Tiroler Skilehrerverband (Austria)

  • Lived in 9 countries and speaks 6 languages (English, Portuguese, Spanish, French, Italian and German) 

Work Experience

  • Worked for OBS (Olympic Broadcasting Services) at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games

  • Worked as Sportive Commentator in live transmissions of the Sochi 2014 and Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games for the Brazilian TV channels Globo and Sportv

  • Worked at the Technical Department of the Brazilian Snow Sports Federation (CBDN), gaining experience in the organization of numerous international races in Chile and Argentina   

  • Also worked at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil and at the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games

Much more important than her background, it is certainly her passion, her patience and her enormous desire to share her knowledge, experience and learnings with others, helping them to explore and develop their skills, vocations and potential and also to inspire and motivate them to learn, to improve, to overcome themselves and to perform at their personal best. "Teaching is for sure not “only” teaching, but at the same time learning; a beautiful exchange and connection between people that I love to experience and is actually what fascinates me about sport"  Mirella Arnhold

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