LGBT Olympians digest 2018. Simona Meiler

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Simona Meiler represents Switzerland in Winter Olympics 2018. She is a snowboarder and it is her third Olympic experience. Her hobbies include kickboxing, downhill biking, weightlifting, running, cooking, reading, learning languages, traveling. She studies environmental science in Zurich and is bothered about ecological problems. She speaks four languages and reveals she is going to learn more. her inspiration is a Swiss tennis player Roger Federer. She started her sport career at the age of 7 and took part in the Olympic Games twice (Vancouver 2010 and Sochi 2014) and regardless of major injuries (In October 2010 she tore the anterior cruciate ligament [ACL] in her right knee during a training session. In January 2016 she suffered a spinal fracture and a fracture in her left knee, which ended her season prematurely) she has an ambition to succeed this time. Meiler was one of the athletes to criticize harsh anti-LGBT laws in Russia where she took part in the Winter Olympic Games 2014 in Sochi. She insisted that discrimination is one of the key factors that forbid people in general and sportsmen in part to express their potential in full.

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