Like so many of his countrymen and women, Swiss standout Alex Fiva has had skis strapped to his feet for as long as he has been able to walk. However, for the 2012/13 ski cross crystal globe winner, the road traveled to get to where he's at is absolutely unique.
Born in Newport Beach, USA, to a Norwegian father and Swiss mother, Alex took his first turns at the Kirkwood Lake Tahoe resort in northern California at two years of age. When he was three he and his family relocated to Switzerland, where he soon began skiing with the local Parpan Ski Club, racing in all four alpine events at the FIS level right up until 2007.
However, in that year, Alex began looking for a new challenge, and at 21 years old made the jump to ski cross racing where he quickly established himself as top prospect for the Swiss team, making his World Cup debut in 2008.
Alex split his time between the World Cup and the Europa Cup, honing his craft for two seasons. Then, in 2011/12, he stepped on to the World Cup stage for his first full season where, in the second of back-to-back season-opening races in Innichen/San Candido, Alex placed 2nd to score his first ever podium and announce to the ski cross world that he had arrived.
The 2011/12 season for Alex saw a steady progression, as he scored his first career victory, racked up three podiums, and scored several more top tens.
While Alex's smooth, powerful style and unflappable demeanor had suggested big things to come, in the 2012/13 World Cup season those big things came in spades. Alex began the year by winning the Canadian National Championships in Nakiska, before coming back the next week and scoring a 2nd place on the same hill in the first World Cup race of the year. He then went on to score three more podiums on the year - all victories - while finishing outside of the top 10 only once in a tour de force crystal globe-winning performance that helped drive his Swiss team to capture the Audi FIS Ski Cross World Cup Nation's Cup for the season.
The 2013/14 season saw Fiva battle with back problems that would come and go, much like his results during the season. When he was hurting, he was out of it, but when he was healthy, he was on the podium.
Then things got worse for Fiva in 2014/15, as the big man managed to make only one big final all season, scoring a second place in Äre (SWE) late in the campaign. However, in 2015/16 a return to form seemed imminent, with five top-10 results locked in, another podium in the bag, and a much more consistent set of races under his belt come season end, with an eighth overall ranking to show for it.
So far in 2016/17 Fiva has shown every sign that, at 30 years old, he's been able to reclaim the form he exhibited in his crystal globe-winning season. Following up a sixth-place result with a victory (his first since late in 2013/14) in back-to-back races in Val Thorens on a course he has historically struggled on, Fiva finds himself sitting atop the World Cup rankings two races into the brand-new Audi FIS Ski Cross World Cup Cross Alps Tour.
There's lots of skiing left to go in 2016/17, but early in the season it looks like Alex Fiva should be hanging out around the top of the leaderboard for some time to come.
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