Introducing Members of the FIS Athletes’ Commission: Marion Kreiner
During her career, she claimed twelve World Cup podiums and topped her results with the crystal globe in parallel giant slalom and second spot in the overall rankings in the 2012/13 season. Next to her outstanding World Cup achievements, she claimed World Championship silver in the parallel giant slalom event in Arosa (ITA) in 2007, and gold in parallel giant slalom in Gangwon (KOR) in 2009. One year later, she won the bronze medal at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver (CAN) in the parallel giant slalom event.
FISSnowboard.com took a moment to speak to the Austrian Snowboard talent:
What was your motivation to join the FIS Athletes’ Commission?
I already organised a few meetings for the Snowboard alpine riders for changing slopes at World Championships and wanted to make our sport more interesting for spectators and Organisers alike. I really wanted to do something, that’s why I stood for election for the Athletes’ Commission and in the end, I was chosen by my peers.
What were the most important lessons you learned about FIS during the first meetings in Cavtat-Dubrovnik?
It was very interesting to get to know the athletes from other FIS disciplines and to hear about their motivation to join the Athletes’ Commission. I also learned that there are so many people working for FIS and its Committees and got an idea of the processes of how the organisation works. Changing or making rules for example is a large process requiring many steps and involving many stakeholders.
Words you live by?
Give every day the chance to be the best in your life.
How are you preparing for life after sport?
Besides training and competing, I am studying economic psychology.
What other FIS discipline would you enjoy competing in and why?
Some years ago, I was doing snowboard cross. I would really like to know how it feels to go down a cross course on skis, so ski cross would be my preferred sport to compete in.