Roland Haldi with comeback

26 June 2012 13:31
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After a break of one year, the Swiss alpine snowboarder is back in hard boots again.

When 33-years-old Roland Haldi announced his retirement with a heavy heart end of the 2011 season, no one really thought to see him back on the slopes again – that soon.

But the IOC decision to put parallel slalom on the agenda for Sochi 2014 made the Saanenland resident to rethink his decision.

“The conclusion to step back was based on rational aspects. I couldn't go on begging for sponsor money anymore. But my fighting spirit and the love for the sport always was and is still there.”

Especially as Haldi, who had been concentrating on his job in the families' garage over the last year, found a sponsor supporting him for the next two seasons.

“Due to this, I want to give it another shot.” If Haldi qualifies for the next Winter Games, it would be his second Olympic appearance after a 20th rank in Vancouver 2010.

Haldi will join the A-Kader of the Swiss team and thus strengthen the rooster's chances for some World Cup podiums.

In his so far 91 starts on the world wide tour, the race board all-rounder podiumed nine times including one win (Bardonecchia 2007).