There are two words, the double Olympic champion Anna Gasser The best way to describe it as sporty is: absolute top class! But first, a quick bit of history. At the beginning of October, the Carinthian woman suffered an unpleasant bruised heel during training that required complete rest and had to miss the World Cup opener in Chur, one of her favorite events. “It’s impossible to perform when you know that the landing hurts.” The high-flyer has only been in “trick mode” for a little over a week.

“I’m not 100 percent prepared, as I have been in recent years,” revealed the 32-year-old in the run-up to the Big Air competition in Beijing. Incidentally, the Chinese venue is the one where the Millstatt native was crowned Olympic champion for the second time in 2022. The monstrous ramp on the site of an abandoned steelworks and surrounded by factory cooling towers created a spectacle.

“I’m so happy to be back”

Talk about spectacle. The likeable double world champion, who triumphed with 174.00 points ahead of the Australian Tess Coady (171.00) and Miyabi Onitsuka (170.50), delivered this once again in a cool manner. You simply have to let your series melt in your mouth. It was her ninth triumph in the World Cup, the hat trick in Beijing and the high-flyer landed on the podium for the 17th time in her 17th World Cup start in Big Air.

In her first attempt, the snowboard superstar didn’t really want to go all out, but she over-rotated and went towards a 14er, a trick with an incredible four turns. “I was a bit unsettled and shaking, if I’m being completely honest. The mistake in the first run was tricky and the load was not without it. But I’m so happy to be back. “I really like the jumps that I showed in 2022,” grins the “Queen of the Skies,” who is “ready for experiments” this season.

The Upper Carinthian recently made no secret of the fact that she “absolutely wants to experience the 2026 Winter Olympics in Cortina/Milan as an active athlete if I am physically and healthily fit”.

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