Reigning PGS World Champion Isabella Laböck wants more

11 December 2013 19:14
2013 FIS Snowboard World Champion Isabella Laböck
2013 FIS Snowboard World Champion Isabella Laböck -
Oliver Kraus

Next Friday, the Alpine Snowboarding World Cup kicks off in Carezza, Italy. The line-up in South Tyrol will feature the world's best athletes including Olympic Champions and reigning World Champions. One of them is Isabella Laböck (GER), who won Gold in the PGS event at the 2013 World Champs and is aiming for the big shot this Olympic winter. “I would be lying if I wouldn't say that an Olympic medal is my goal,” said the 27-year-old from Prien in an interview.

Isabella, would you say that you are a favourite for the podium at the World Cup opener in Carezza?

I guess not. There are many other women who are capable of winning a World Cup race. I might be part of that circle, but I'm surely not the only one. However, it would be nice if I could clinch my first World Cup win.

And then the Olympic title?

I would be lying if I wouldn't say that anOlympic medal is my goal. After Gold at the World Champs, I'm hungry for more.

You have five qualifier World Cups till the Olympics. Is that a disadvantage?

It doesn't make the situation easier. The pressure to qualify is high enough.

Are you already thinking of Sochi?

Not yet, I have to qualify first.

What if you have your spot secured?

We will focus on everything single step to be well-prepared. But you cannot plan day X. You have to rely on your skills when it's time.

Does your experience help?

I have competed in some major events now. I hope I can capitalise on that.

And you have already been to Sochi last season.

It was exciting to see what was still in a building process. Now I'm keen to see how everything looks like.

What do the Olympics mean to you?

I can't think of anything greater than the Olympics. It's just happening every four years. And it's a great chance to present our sport as well.