I WAS BORN in 1992 and brought up in Villars, a small village in the Swiss Mountains. As soon as I could walk, I was trying on my brother's ski boots and couldn't wait to get onto the snow. At the age of two I started to ski and a passion was born.
BY THE AGE OF 12 I had raced in my first ski cross event and I knew this was the career for me. It provided me with the perfect combination of the competitive side of alpine racing and the adrenaline rush of freestyle skiing.
I TURNED PROFESSIONAL when I was 16, and with the help of my parents and some generous patrons, I was able to create a private coaching team led by the Boardercross World Champion, Guillaume Nantermod.
MY FIRST WIN came just under a year later in Innichen/San Candido. From there, things were moving quickly in the right direction with two more second places in the 2010-11 season. However, just as I was starting to get consistently good results, I tore everything in my knee and the doctors told me I would never ski again. I could not accept this, and decided to prove them all wrong. I was out of competition for 11 months but my time away from the sport I am passionate about, only served to fuel my determination.
MY COMEBACK came in the 2012-13 season, I could never have dreamed of a better return to competition. I won the first three World Cup races of the year and I was on the podium in six out of the ten races and won the Crystal Globe as the world's top-ranked ski cross racer. To top off my dream season, I won took the Gold Medal at the World Championships in Voss, Norway.
IT'S HARD TO BEAT THE FEELING I had in 2013 when I had defied the odds and not only skied again, but ended the season at the top! However, I have one big dream left - to win an Olympic medal, preferably a gold one, in South Korea in 2018. Between now I then, I hope to remain at the top of my sport, competing well and staying fit and heathly.
TO HELP YOUNG SKIERS I have founded the Fanny Smith Academy. We aim to provide top level ski cross coaching to anyone who is interested in the sport - from young kids who want to give it a try, to skiers trying to make the transition into the professional sport.
2015 World Cup Overall - Bronze
2015 World Championship – Bronze
2014 World Cup Overall - Silver
2013 World Championships - Gold
2013 World Cup Overall - Gold
2011 X-Games – Bronze
2010 Junior World Champion
11 World Cup Victories
22 World Cup Podiums
2 Olympic Diplomas