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Spécialistes des skis, des Alsaciens œuvrent dans l'ombre aux JO de Sotchi

Par Blandine Costentin, France Bleu Alsace lundi 3 février 2014 à 6:45 Mis à jour le mardi 4 février 2014 à 6:45

SOTCHI drapeaux  illustration
SOTCHI drapeaux illustration © Maxppp

Il n'y a pas que les athlètes aux Jeux olympiques. Les skieurs ne seraient rien sans les techniciens qui testent et préparent leur matériel. Quatre Alsaciens se sont envolés pour Sotchi. Ils ont déjà l'expérience des grands rendez-vous sportifs.

Pour Sébastien Auer, ce seront les premiers Jeux olympiques. Mais le technicien de Bitschwiller-les-Thann en est à sa quatrième saison avec l'équipe de France de ski. Déjà sur place, le jeune homme, qui travaille avec son cousin Arnaud, emporte pour trois athlètes quelque 110 paires de ski . Ce matériel, il a commencé à le préparer l'été dernier, essayant les modèles, les semelles, les structures... C'est du travail de haute précision : "on recherche le petit détail pour faire la différence ".

Alain Kohler, de Leimbach, a vécu, lui, les JO de Turin et Vancouver. Il explique que son travail de technicien est un métier de passion, qui ne lui accorde pas beaucoup de répit, l'oblige à être beaucoup sur les routes... un sacerdoce.

Des snipers sur les crêtes

L'un comme l'autre ne s'attendent pas à vivre une olympiade exaltante. Alain Kohler, qui a l'habitude des JO, raconte que l'ambiance n'a rien à voir avec la ferveur des coupes du monde en Autriche, par exemple, où des dizaines de milliers de spectateurs sont massés près des pistes. A Sotchi, les stades ne seront pas remplis  selon lui, et les techniciens n'ont pas droit au village olympique. Il y a aussi la question de la sécurité. Sébastien Auer n'a pas un très bon souvenir de la coupe du monde vécue il y a deux ans, déjà Sotchi: "il y avait des snipers sur les crêtes, des policiers partout à cause du risque d'attentat (...) j'espère que tout ira bien ". 

SOTCHI reportage techniciens ski

SOTCHI sécurité  - Maxppp
SOTCHI sécurité © Maxppp

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