What is your skiing history?
I started skiing when I was 19 months old and I loved it right away. I went to Pitztaler Gletscher and Riffelsee ski resorts with my parents. These resorts are still my favourites in autumn and spring because of their high altitude (3440 m) which allows me to ski from September to June. I was excited about the World Cup athletes going down the steep and challenging hill at Wildspitzbahn, while we did our casual freeride turns right beside the training lines. I did my first race at the age of 2 and a half. After that my “career” began to take off. At the age of 6, I started competing in some local races and some international children’s races, too, where I did really well. When I was 13, I had an injury and missed an entire season. During the season following my accident, I had some very successful results in national and international competitions. Because I did very well in the Austrian Junior Championships, I qualified for the Longines Future Ski Champions.
What are the opportunities that a competition such as the longines future ski champions offers you as a young skier?
I think races such as the Longines Future Ski Champions are a great opportunity for young athletes like me to meet other people, and compete against the best athletes from all around the world in an unbelievably professional surrounding. It was incredible to take part in such a race in my age group.
How did you win the longines future ski champions? how has your career developed since?
An important aspect to success is to be as well prepared as possible. I usually train with the Race Center Benni Raich at the Hochzeiger ski resort in Pitztal, because there is a permanent racetrack with consistently great conditions. The day following the race was really interesting since I had the chance to meet a lot of famous and important people. Also, after the race, some companies contacted me to offer their support. I was very surprised by the media response on the internet as well as in the local news. That was an important point in my career because I hadn’t really paid attention to such things, nor had my parents.
Such an experience is undoubtedly extremely enriching in human and sporting terms. Is there an anecdote or a particular moment you would like to share?
The event as a whole was very enriching for me. The most emotional moment was when I looked at the results and saw that I was leading.
Mikaela Shiffrin, patron of the longines future ski champions 2016, lent her support and provided valuable advice during this competition. How do you see the career of this skier? Is she a source of inspiration for you?
Mikaela, in my opinion, is one of the best alpine skiers ever. Her achievements are absolutely incredible. To be World Champion at the age of 18 and an Olympic winner at the age of 19 is unbelievable. She definitely inspires me to work harder and never give up on my dreams. Also, she is a very kind and funny person.
Is there a fis ski world cup race in particular you would like to take part in?
It would be great if I could participate in all of them (as an athlete).
What are your objectives as a skier?
In my opinion, everybody dreams of an Olympic or World Championship medal in their specific sport/discipline. But I know the road to get there is long and difficult. I will work hard and do everything I can to make my dreams come true.
How do you see your future?
What I can say for sure is that my main objectives are to stay healthy and push my limits in the sport I love.