Athlete of the week: Patrizia Kummer

13 January 2014 13:52
PSL World Cup winner ladies Patrizia Kummer (SUI)
PSL World Cup winner ladies Patrizia Kummer (SUI) -
Miha Matavz

There is no doubt who would be the athlete of the week after the season's last parallel slalom event staged at Bad Gastein. Thanks to her back-to-back win in Austria, Patrizia Kummer deserves to be in the spot light.

Especially as the two wins come along with her career's fourth Crystal Globe. The 26-year-old from Mühlebach clinched the PSL World Cup title with 2,400 points after having placed sixth, first and first in this winter's three parallel slalom races.

“It's unbelievable to win again in Bad Gastein and take home the Crystal Globe. I don't know why but I just keep the momentum. It seems that I love this slope,“ she said last Sunday.

More than that, the 2013 PSL World Championships Silver medalist also leads the Alpine Snowboard Overall World Cup by far with a total of 3,400 points after four events.

However, being on top of her game right now, the national team member keeps on sandbagging when asked for her role as top contender for Olympic Gold next month.

“I think everyone can win in Sochi. Everything can happen at the Olympics. I take it race after race.”

And as the high-flying carving specialist who stays true to the motto “if you fight you might lose but if you don't fight you have lost already” has done well with keeping it easy and being realistic, Kummer might be an even stronger force to watch out for at her first Olympic Winter Games.