Dear Pentathletes!


We proudly present our honorary guest of the 2019 International SAS Pentathlon:


Olympic Gold Medalist Tanja Frieden



Tanja celebrated her greatest victory in Turin, Italy, on February 17, 2006, when she won the Olympic Gold medal in the Snowboard-cross competition, as the first ever in this discipline. At the end of that winter, she finished 2nd in the overall Snowboard-cross World Cup. Her athletic career began in 1996, lasting 14 years until withdrawing from active competitions in 2010 after sustaining serious injuries in a crash in a race. By that time, her achievements included the silver medal in the 1999 European Championships and a total of 32 top-three positions in the highest ranking international Snowboard-cross competitions. As a true international, she raced for Norway in the beginning and ended competing for Switzerland. And in appreciation of her great athletic achievements, Tanja was named Swiss female athlete of the year in 2006.

Shortly after ending her athletic career, Tanja ventured into charitable and social engagements. She has been an athlete ambassador for Right To Play for many years, and still is. And she is the acting president of the association, called to life to increase the attractiveness of snow-related activities and ski camps amongst school children.

In all these activities, Tanja involves herself with great enthusiasm and much energy. Still, she is able to devote time to her successful personal coaching business and taking on assignments as key-note speaker for audiences from the worlds of business and sport. All this in addition to her family life, bringing up her three year old son Luam together with her partner, Marc.

In the name of the International SAS Pentathlon Organizing Committee

Rolf Ringdal