I started skiing at the age of three, when I first took to the slopes in Austria on a family skiing holiday. Luckily for me, holidays weren’t the only opportunity for skiing as my parents both instructed at a dry ski centre, where I spent most of spare time. It was there that I took up race training and started competing in dry slope slalom. I raced as an un-registered racer, never taking myself too seriously but always having a great time. I even took home a few golds after my first race in 1992.
In 2004, I left for my first winter season in New Zealand where I was immediately attracted to the freestyle scene. I spent the next few seasons learning to spin and flip until during a winter in Queenstown, I met a Ski Cross racer who introduced me to this fairly new sport. I was instantly hooked and planned to return to Europe and get back to my racing roots.
However, a bad fall in August 2009 left me with a dislocated knee and ruptured ACL. But after reconstructive surgery and intense physiotherapy, I was eager to get back on the snow and made the decision to move to Chamonix in Janurary 2011. I have had a very succesful winter re-building physical strength, overcoming the mental negativities as a result of an injury and even competed in my first Ski Cross race in Laax in the British Championships, placing second.
Unfortunately, I am currently waiting on further surgery for the same injury so am concentrating hard on the next 12 months of rehabilitation in order to come back at my fittest and strongest for winter 2013.