#OneYearAgo Olympic Champion 🥇 . . . There were lots of expectations from Switzerland‘s people and media and they called me the main favorite! Even I said it out loud before the race that I‘m aiming for Gold. I mean why be shy about my goals? #PressureLikeNeverBefore . . . I committed the last four years, since my silver medal at the #Sochi2014 Olympic Games, for this. And many good guys in my team as well. And then we delivered. Everything happened like in a fairy tale – it almost felt too perfect!

Olympic Champion 🥇
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There were lots of expectations from Switzerland‘s people and media and they called me the main favorite! Even I said it out loud before the race that I‘m aiming for Gold. I mean why be shy about my goals? .
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I committed the last four years, since my silver medal at the Olympic Games, for this. And many good guys in my team as well. And then we delivered. Everything happened like in a fairy tale - it almost felt too perfect!

#throwback to the Olympic Winter Games 1998 in Nagano, Japan when Snowboarding was introduced into the Olympics. #21yearsago . . . Watching @uelikestenholz win bronze 🥉 for Switzerland 🇨🇭 in his own unique style was a huge inspiration and one of the main reasons why I wanted to become a racer too! I was 11 years old and I remember that I just wanted to grab my board, go outside and ride like these guys! . . . Never would I have thought back then that I would once become an Olympic champion myself. But the fire was lit and I started dreaming of big things! 🤘🏽

to the Olympic Winter Games 1998 in Nagano, Japan when Snowboarding  was introduced into the Olympics. .
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Watching @uelikestenholz win bronze 🥉 for Switzerland 🇨🇭 in his own unique style was a huge inspiration and one of the main reasons why I wanted to become a racer too! I was 11 years old and I remember that I just wanted to grab my board, go outside and ride like these guys!
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Never would I have thought back then that I would once become an Olympic champion myself. But the fire was lit  and I started dreaming of big things! 🤘🏽

With a heavy heart I have come to the decision to withdraw from this years FIS Snowboard Worldcup. It is my back that causes me too much pain and therefore it is not possible anymore to compete at the level I am aiming for. I am currently the Overall Worldcup leader and it is one of the toughest moments to know that I will not be able to defend the title as the world’s number one racer. But the reality is also that I was competing every event with painkillers and pain in my back, which got worse race after race. I have a strong team behind me and we worked hard and tried everything to get me through the season, but it wasn’t possible anymore. My body needs some time off snow and I am ready to do exactly that. My focus now is to heal my body and to be back on snow and racing as soon as possible. I want to thank everyone involved that helped me through the last months. And also a big thank you to my sponsors that make this journey possible.

With a heavy heart I have come to the decision to withdraw from this years FIS Snowboard Worldcup. It is my back that causes me too much pain and therefore it is not possible anymore to compete at the level I am aiming for.

I am currently the Overall Worldcup leader and it is one of the toughest moments to know that I will not be able to defend the title as the world’s number one racer. But the reality is also that I was competing every event with painkillers and pain in my back, which got worse race after race.

I have a strong team behind me and we worked hard and tried everything to get me through the season, but it wasn’t possible anymore. My body needs some time off snow and I am ready to do exactly that. My focus now is to heal my body and to be back on snow and racing as soon as possible.

I want to thank everyone involved that helped me through the last months. And also a big thank you to my sponsors that make this journey possible.

With a heavy heart I have come to the decision to withdraw from this years FIS Snowboard Worldcup. It is my back that causes me too much pain and therefore it is not possible anymore to compete at the level I am aiming for. I am currently the Overall Worldcup leader and it is one of the toughest moments to know that I will not be able to defend the title as the world’s number one racer. But the reality is also that I was competing every event with painkillers and pain in my back, which got worse race after race. I have a strong team behind me and we worked hard and tried everything to get me through the season, but it wasn’t possible anymore. My body needs some time off snow and I am ready to do exactly that. My focus now is to heal my body and to be back on snow and racing as soon as possible. I want to thank everyone involved that helped me through the last months. And also a big thank you to my sponsors that make this journey possible.

With a heavy heart I have come to the decision to withdraw from this years FIS Snowboard Worldcup. It is my back that causes me too much pain and therefore it is not possible anymore to compete at the level I am aiming for.

I am currently the Overall Worldcup leader and it is one of the toughest moments to know that I will not be able to defend the title as the world’s number one racer. But the reality is also that I was competing every event with painkillers and pain in my back, which got worse race after race.

I have a strong team behind me and we worked hard and tried everything to get me through the season, but it wasn’t possible anymore. My body needs some time off snow and I am ready to do exactly that. My focus now is to heal my body and to be back on snow and racing as soon as possible.

I want to thank everyone involved that helped me through the last months. And also a big thank you to my sponsors that make this journey possible.

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