Dominick Gauthier: business at the service of sporting excellence
A former freestyle skier who participated in the 1998 Nagano Olympic Games, Dominick Gauthier, originally from Lévis, fully lives two passions: sport and business. He also flourished in his coaching profession in Western Canada.
“My Olympic career did not go as planned,” said Dominick Gauthier at the outset during a videoconference interview with Le Soleil from Vancouver. “I would have liked to get a medal. But two weeks before the Nagano games, I suffered a knee injury that required surgery. I ran for the Olympics on one leg. Obviously, I did not reach the expected goal. ”
After his athletic career, Dominick Gauthier sets out on a new challenge by returning to school. He began studying at the Faculty of Administration at Université Laval. While he is motivated to complete his baccalaureate, another challenge will be offered to him.
“I had a prejudice regarding the position of coach, because I saw it as the typical profile of the athlete without studies who after his career becomes a coach,” he illustrates. “When I really wanted to finish my studies. But a few months later, I discovered a passion for the profession of coaching, a profession that I practiced for 10 years. ”
There is an adage which says that “sport is like business”, and Dominick Gauthier shares this philosophy. This explains his choice to go into finance, because he saw striking similarities between sport and business management.
“I have always been passionate about the business world, but it was beyond that. There are similarities between sports and management. When we are a coach, we are managers and sometimes we have to find solutions with limited means. This is why after the games in Salt Lake City [in 2002], I decided to create my solution to help Canadian athletes. So I founded my company B2dix in 2006. ”
Realizing the glaring needs of Olympic athletes, Dominick Gauthier wishes to offer them all the tools necessary to achieve their goal. B2dix allows him to undertake a first adventure in the business world, while remaining attached to his passion for sports.
“When we are a coach, we are managers and sometimes we have to find solutions with limited means. That is why after the games in Salt Lake City, I decided to create my solution to help Canadian athletes. ”
– Dominick Gauthier
“We wanted to demonstrate that it was necessary to manage sport as a business, in order to have optimal results. In 2006 at the Turin games, I worked with Jennifer Heil. And thanks to the resources we offered, it contributed to its success. So in view of the 2010 games in Vancouver, we wanted to demonstrate that it was possible to do the same with more athletes. Our approach is to analyze the needs of the athlete to determine what he needs to win. ”
Today, B2dix is a must among the resources offered to athletes, and since 2006, the company has received funding of $ 33 million.
For Dominick Gaurthier, his empathy towards athletes is an advantage as a manager. His philosophy is oriented towards teamwork. He is not looking for the best of the best in each area, but rather those who have the qualities required to meet the specific needs of the athlete.
Return to base
Since he was very young, Dominick Gauthier has had a visceral passion for skiing.
But along the way, he came up against a major obstacle: himself.
“When I really wanted to finish my studies […], I discovered a passion for the profession of coaching, a profession that I practiced for 10 years,” says Dominick Gauthier, here with Jennifer Heil.
Passion has given way to obsession. This facet of his personality could have allowed him to progress. But rather, it has become an obstacle for his career.
“You have to be a little crazy to want to be the best. And there comes a time when we no longer learn, because we are more afraid of not achieving something instead of having the desire and the will to do something. ”
To get over this obsession, Dominick Gauthier learned to put things into perspective, and decided that his life would be oriented towards a specific goal, that of living without regret.
“I am disappointed that I did not win a medal at Nagano, but I have no regrets about my career. One can live with the frustration that comes with a bad result, but one cannot live with regrets. My experience has taught me to question myself and to evolve. I take the same approach with the athletes and my family. ”
He also recommends that the athletes he meets come back to the base of their passion to help them get out of negative obsession.
“When you compete, you often fall into a logic of comparison. We move away thus which brought pleasure. This obsession with the result can be very harmful in the end. The best example of this pleasure-oriented philosophy is Usain Bolt. He always arrives at each race with a big smile that is not the result of chance. Unlike opponents who are tense and tense, he adopts a positive attitude which has an impact on his performance. ”
Dominick Gauthier’s journey has taken him through the world of sport, coaching , and the business world.
To learn how to combine his passions, the ex-Olympic athlete recommends believing in life and the opportunities it offers us. And above all, to have a positive attitude.