While insiders knew that Amelie Kober would be a big bet for the 2006 Olympics, it was the first time that the rest of the world took a real notice of the young German race boarder after she grabbed Silver in Torino thus fulfilling a long life dream after she watched her first ever Olympics on TV (Lillehammer 1994).
From there on, the life of the Fischbachau resident turned upside down not only having experienced the most interest of media a German snowboarder ever had but also knowing that from her biggest success ever on, high hopes of the national federation would be pinned on her shoulders.
And still, the mid-twen rider, who switched from skiing to snowboarding aged twelve, is the biggest medal hope Germany can throw in at major events like Olympic Winter Games or FIS Snowboard World Championships. That she is capable of handling this high pressure Amelie proved in 2007 by taking home Silver in the Parallel Giant Slalom at the WCS held in Arosa, Switzerland as well as bringing home two Bronze medals from the 2013 WCS in Quebec, Canada.
And especially those two medals earned last winter are special ones as Kober is a mom of little boy Lorenz since 2010 - which actually was the reason why she didn't really go full speed at the foggy 2010 Winter Olympics being already pregnant.
Amelie has proven several times that she is never to underestimate and is one of the rare female athletes out there having won at least one World Cup in the last consecutive years - except the 2011 season right after the birth of her son. However, she still managed to qualify for the 2011 World Champs missing the podium closely as fourth.
Those facts in mind and With a record of so far 20 World Cup podiums including 12 victories, it's pretty likely that there is more to come - maybe at the 2014 Olympics.