Hanno Douschan discovered the world of snowboarding at age six. The sport was booming back then and on Christmas Eve Hanno got a board. After his first experience, he was hooked. “In the few first years it was only fun, but after competing at several events, it became a passion. And this passion led me to turning my hobby into my profession.”
In 2006, he became a member of the Austrian National Snowboard team and has since attended FIS and Europa Cup races in Snowboardcross, PGS and PSL. In 2009, Hanno won Bronze at the FIS Junior World Championships in the Parallel Slalom. The Austrian went on to make his World Cup debut in Bad Gastein a year later. He missed the finals by only 0,15 seconds.
In 2011, he specialized in Snowboardcross and has become a constant member of the Austrian National Team. He qualified for the World Championships in La Molina, where he reached the quarterfinals. Hanno failed to improve on this result at the 2013 worlds following a massive shunt at a Europa Cup Race in France, where the Austrian dislocated his shoulder.
At the pre-Olympic World Cup in Sochi, he gave a tremendous comeback qualifying third, and he is optimistic for the 2014 Olympic Games. “Every athlete wants to attend the Games. Now I’m only one step away. I like the course in Sochi and if everything goes right, you will see me in the final.” Hanno’s biggest success on World Cup level so far, was a third place finish at the SBX Team Event in Telluride two years ago.
The 24-year-old snow-lover is also into developing new ways of boarding, as he and his coach Tom Greil are currently designing “powder surf boards”, small wooden boards without bindings used to ride in deep powder.
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