You are from Slovenia. The country is getting more well known for their snowboarding scene. How did you get into snowboarding and who thought you your first steps and tricks on the board?
I used to train gymnastics and after I quit, when I was 13, I tried lots of different sports. After a year I found snowboarding the most interesting so I concentrated just on that.
Where do you usually ride and with who?
When Im at home I usually go to Vogel, otherwise I’m just riding where the competitions are, or depends where snow is.
I like to ride with my friends from back home, but when I’m away I like to hang out with Sarka because she motivates me with her positive energy and with Marko, because he knows a lot and can help me a lot too.
You are in the Slovenian National Team and will represent your country at the Olympics in 2010. How does this affect your riding goals in general and your training?
Last year after World Championship I got an opportunity to qualify for the Olympics. Trainings changed a bit, I rode more in pipe than slopestyle. My goal for Vancouver is just to do the best that I can, because I still think I am a beginner at all this stuff so I rather don’t expect too much.
Since 2007, you have been in many contests on the TTR Tour and outside of it. What is the most thrilling part of contests for you? Do you have plans for filming or photo shoots?
I think contests are good for young riders to prove themselves and I think its good to be a bit competitive, it can help you with different stuff in your life. I would really like to film and shoot too.
How did you find your first sponsors? Which part was particularly difficult when you started your professional snowboard career and which was easy?
My friend helped me to write an email to a local store dealer, I had a meeting and I got a snowboard for free.:)
Im not a professional yet, but I think dealing with all the sponsors alone it is difficult, because you have to represent yourself in the best way you can and shouldn’t sound too confident at the same time. Easy part with me is that I have the family that supports me and help me a lot.
You are still going to school. How do you combine the two things and is it your goal to make snowboarding your career once you have graduated?
I still go to a normal high school. Always in the beginning of the school year I talk to all the professors and let them know my situation. I can pick the dates of exams by myself, that’s how they make my education easier.:)
I will still try to do my best in snowboarding after my graduation, but I will apply to the university too, because Im scared I would get to lazy if I don’t apply straight away.
|13/14||4th||Overall World Tour Ranking||2499.27|
|13/14||24th||Slopestyle World Tour Ranking||572.39|
|13/14||21st||Halfpipe World Tour Ranking||436.74|
|12/13||4th||Overall World Tour Ranking||2458.18|
|12/13||36th||Slopestyle World Tour Ranking||337.05|
|12/13||10th||Halfpipe World Tour Ranking||637.58|
|11/12||1st||Overall World Tour Ranking||3372.88|
|10/11||4th||Overall World Tour Ranking||5594.93|
|09/10||9th||Overall World Tour Ranking||4449.00|
|08/09||12th||Overall World Tour Ranking||4496.49|
|06/07||385th||Overall World Tour Ranking||347.22|
|-1/||12th||Overall World Tour Ranking||176.10|
|-1/||22nd||Slopestyle World Tour Ranking||589.90|
|-1/||9th||Slopestyle World Tour Ranking||740.53|
|-1/||6th||Halfpipe World Tour Ranking||775.06|
|-1/||20th||Big Air World Tour Ranking||548.09|
|-1/||18th||Halfpipe World Tour Ranking||708.73|
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