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 former top-ranked ski cross racer and 2012/13 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 performance that helped drive his Swiss team to the top of the Audi ski cross power rankings.
While 2013/14 was something of an off year for Alex as he battled oftentimes crippling back problems, 2014/15 sees him back to full health, making him one to watch heading towards Kreischberg 2015.
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