Over the past years, there haven’t been that many riders impressing the race boarding scene like Benjamin Karl did. Starting things off in 2004, it took a few years until he became what he is now: the man to beat on the parallel slopes around the world.
The race board star started to shine bright in the snowboard sky back in 2007, after he had to learn it the hard way in his first three World Cup seasons being not as successful as he is now.
In his first 25 races (including his debut race in a snowboard cross competition), he brought home two top-10 results and made it to the head-of-head duels of the best 16 qualifiers another ten times.
But in the 2007/2008 winter, it seemed that Karl had underwent some sort of initiation rite to race boarding’s adulthood. Kicking things off with a Bronze medal at the PSL in Bad Gastein, a total of 25 podium results followed until the end of the 2014 season, including 14 wins.
In addition, he not only brought home Silver at his first ever Olympics (Vancouver 2010) and also Bronze four years later (Sochi 2014) but also earned four World Championships titles in 2009, 2011 and 2013 being the only male snowboarder to having pulled off this feat.
After several successful seasons, he also sorted things out in his private life getting married to his long-time girl friend Nina Grissmann, daughter of former Austrian downhill racer Werner Grissmann, in August 2011.
The young couple celebrated the birth of its daughter a year later and is now trying to accompany 'daddy' at least at the World Cup stops on European soil.