Interview with Alex Fiva
At the end of last season, Switzerland’s Alex Fiva fell out of the running for the 2013/14 ski cross crystal globe after suffering a back injury which prevented him from defending his biggest career achievement, the crystal globe 2013.
Initially coming from alpine skiing, Fiva soon switched to ski cross by celebrating his World Cup debut in March 2008. It was in the 2011/12 when his real breakthrough came, leading to what he is today - one of the top stars of ski cross.
FIS talked to the 28-year-old about his off-season, American Football and people who inspired him.
How is your recovery from injury going?
So far it's looking good from the physical side. I wasn't on skis yet but I am thinking positively that I can start skiing again at the end of September.
Where and how are you spending most of your time during the off-season?
In the Swiss Alps. The region of Lenzerheide and Parpan is beautiful in summer just as it is in winter.
What are you doing to stay in shape during the off-season?
I spend a lot of time at the gym. I am also doing many other sports such as mountain biking and kite surfing. My highlight has been a training camp in Cabarete, located in the Caribbean. This is always extremely nice.
You are a winter athlete but what summer sport would you most like to compete in?
In the old days I was playing American Football with my team the Calanda Broncos here in Switzerland.
How did you come to play American Football and what impact does it have on your ski cross career?
I started to play American Football after I quit alpine skiing. It was a real change to get into a team sport and learning a lot of plays. After the first season I played football. My hobby then became ski cross. After two years, we won the European Cup in football. These years helped me a lot to learn new stuff also for ski cross. Both sports are very tactical and you have to be ready before the game starts.
What is your main goal for the 2014/15 winter?
My first priority is to get my back in good shape again so I can ski in the coming season. The World Championships in Kreischberg (AUT) will definitely be my highlight of next winter.
Last but not least, which person has inspired you the most in your life and why?
My mom and dad. They always supported my dreams and weird decisions I took in my life. I think this is now the biggest inspiration for me.