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“Wow! Great! Wild asparagus seeds, you don’t see that often,” says Edmond as he pulls into the side of the road near the train station at Chateau d’Oëx in Switzerland to collect some.
The world record breaker in speed snowboarding is probably one of the most unpretentious and hospitable people that you could ever meet.
His home is called “the chateau in the sky” by the locals because it’s perched high above the town of Chateau d’Oëx at the end of a winding gravel path. The views are breathtaking, and in the distance you can even see Mont Blanc, everywhere you look there are mountains and the constant tinkle of cow bells. What an idyllic place to live, train and work.
If he’s running down the slopes to train, hiking up them in search of mushrooms or finely slicing home-grown tomatoes with his specialty cook knives, Edmond does it all to the full, giving each thing he does his undivided attention and concentration. Away from the lime-light and communing with nature is how Edmond and his family have constructed their life for the last five years in Switzerland.
“Sure, I’ve been approached by different companies, but you know, it just didn’t seem to fit. I can’t work with people if we don’t share the same values - that’s important to me. I can’t endorse something I don’t believe in. Hager just felt right, not just a sponsor a real partner.”
You might ask yourself why Hager, a leading supplier of solutions and services for electrical installations in residential, commercial and industrial buildings is sponsoring a sportsman…? Extreme ambitions, a passion for what we do, an innovative spirit, technological knowledge and long-term thinking are just some of the factors that reunite us.
Below there are four themed stories linking this Frenchman of many talents and interests - a nature lover, a family man, a cook, an olive grower, a sportsman capable of pushing his limits – to us, his sponsor, his partner.
“When you break a world record, you don’t do it alone; the family, the team and partners are all there living and sharing these exciting and intense moments of passion and satisfaction.”
…preparing for the future is essential, be it for Project 2020 or a world record.
… be it our numerous solutions and services or high-speed snowboarding equipment.
… it’s all about using the right ‘ingredients’ to achieve your ambitions of excellence.
… be it E3, sustainability or life style choices in harmony with nature.
On Friday, 3rd April 2015, Edmond Plawczyk reached a speed of 203.275 km/h in speed snowboarding, smashing the previous record of 201 km/h. The record-breaking attempt took place on the famous Chabrières piste in the French Alps, as part of the Vars Speed Challenge. 43-year-old Frenchman Edmond Plawczyk originally set the world record in 1997, before it was broken by Australian Darren Powell, who held the title for 12 years. Edmond Plawczyk has now reclaimed the title for himself. “I’m thrilled that I’ve achieved – or rather surpassed – my goal. Those few decisive seconds were actually the culmination of several years’ hard work by a whole team of people and I’d like to thank them all, especially my wife, family, technical team and partner. I couldn’t have broken the record without them,” said a jubilant Edmond Plawczyk.
On Friday, 3rd April at 1.30 p.m. Edmond Plawczyk assumed the position for his record attempt at the top of a 1,400-metre-long natural couloir, which had been cordoned off especially for the event. According to a signpost, the maximum gradient was 98 per cent. The weather conditions are average, there has been a constant wind for several days, and ice is now forming on some parts of the slope. As an experienced skier, Edmond waits patiently, looking for the best slot. Finally, the wind dies down, the snows seems softer, now is the time! An historic moment where Edmond Plawczyk accelerates from 0 to 200 km in less than 7 seconds and secures the new world record after a further 435 metres of undulating terrain. This officially makes him the world’s fastest snowboarder, with more acceleration than a Ferrari!
The secret to Edmond Plawczyk’s success
This wasn’t the first time Edmond Plawczyk had tried to win back his title. An amateur snowboarder with plenty of experience, he made a first attempt to set a new record in Verbier in 2013 but his sub-par equipment slowed him down. For today’s historic attempt he rode a made-to-measure board, wore an aerodynamic racing suit and helmet and was well prepared thanks to a special training programme conducted indoors and in a wind tunnel.
Hager: Edmond Plawczyk’s exclusive partner
This time around Edmond Plawczyk had a further advantage: a new partner. The family-run company Hager, a leading supplier of solutions for electrical installations, was his sole sponsor for this record-breaking attempt. Thanks to this rather unexpected partnership, based on shared values, the snowboarder can now tackle new challenges, safe in the knowledge that he has Hager’s support. The story behind the partnership has already been reported on several social networks – #speed202 and on Hager Group’s website: www.hagergroup.com/speed202.
For more information about how this partnership came about, click here.
About Hager Group
Hager was founded in 1955 in Ensheim, Saarland - Germany. The group is today a leading supplier of solutions and services for electrical installations in residential, commercial and industrial buildings. Its range of solutions and services extends from energy distribution to cable management and from security systems to building automation.
As an independent family-owned and run company based in Blieskastel, Germany, Hager Group is one of the industry's innovation leaders. 11,400 employees generate a turnover of 1.7 billion euros. Components and applications are produced in 23 locations around the globe and customers in more than 95 countries all over the world trust in them. Thanks to this mutual trust we built our success.
Edmond Plawczyk and Hager on track for record attempt!
203.275 km/h - Edmond Plawczyk sets record with support from Hager
At our Hager Group site in Blieskastel on Monday 15th June we were happy to welcome Edmond Plawczyk.