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4 More years for World Cup Star Felix Neureuther and Nordica

Born to a pair of legendary World Cup alpine skiers, Germany’s Felix Neureuther was raised on a steady diet of snow, speed, and competition.

Neureuther has turned that pedigree into an impressive alpine racing career of his own, emerging as one of the top slalom skiers of his generation. In just over a decade of international competition, he has earned three World Championship medals, skied his way to silver in the World Cup slalom overall each of the last two seasons, and become only the second German ever to win a World Cup giant slalom race—cementing his place as one of the country’s most accomplished winter athletes.

Neureuther’s path to greatness started at the iconic Garmisch-Partenkirchen mountain resort, where he first clicked in to skis at age two under the tutelage of his father, Christian Neureuther (a winner of six World Cup slaloms). By three, he had won his first race with the local ski club SC Partenkirchen, beginning his exponential rise through the alpine ranks.

In 2001, Neureuther made his World Cup debut and in 2005 was part of the German squad that brought home World Championship gold in the team event. Though he competes in giant slalom as well, Neureuther has made a name for himself as a slalom skier, capturing monumental wins in Kitzbühel, Lenzerheide, and Bormio. In all, he has nine World Cup wins since 2010 (29 podiums overall), making him one of the most productive slalom skiers in the world during that time. Germany’s slalom star has also competed in six World Championships, and, after skiing in both the slalom and giant slalom at the 2014 Sochi Games, three Olympics.

One of Neureuther’s greatest influences also knows a thing or two about international competition—his mother, Rosi Mittermaier. In 1976, she rose to international fame by winning the World Championship, World Cup, and Olympics all in the same year. Neureuther grew up under her wing and is even known to adopt “Rosi” as a nickname on occasion. Even Neureuther’s sister spent her teen years in the race world, but has since embarked on a successful career as an artist and fashion stylist.

After grueling World Cup seasons, it’s not unusual to find Neureuther back home in Garmisch-Partenkirchen freeskiing with friends, hiking in the mountains, or enjoying the beautiful lakes near town. He is also an avid tennis and soccer player, and would argue that he is one of the biggest German national team fans on the planet.

It’s this passion for life and his drive to be the best that has made Neureuther one of the most popular skiers on the World Cup circuit. A few good results haven’t hurt his cause either, but few out there are having as much fun Neureuther—a world-class athlete living his life one adrenaline-pumping turn at a time.

Kade krichko
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