Amelie KOBER

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, Kober, 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 at the 2013 WCS 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.

That she can do so, even with a broken elbow, the racer with so far 20 World Cup podiums to her belt of which twelve were wins proved at the Sochi Winter Games earning her second Olympic medal (Bronze) in the PSL event.