INTERVIEW: GIAN SIMMEN ON THE OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES
When we are talking about the Olympic Winter Games, we mostly spoke about our athletes so far. But if there is anybody, who is an expert in that topic, it can be only Gian Simmen! As the first Snowboard Olympic Winner, he got himself an entry into the history books – 20 years ago! And he still has a very close bond to the games. Check out our interview!
Hi Gian! How are you? How’s your winter going on so far?
All good, I can’t complain. Winter went pretty well until now. Because of the early snow and the cold temperature, we already were able to begin with the building of the Snow Park Grindelwald-First with its pipe and some other obstacles. Good powder turns were part of it too of course. I especially enjoyed those days in the snow with my family, because now all four boys are ready to come with me and do some snowboarding or skiing. The smallest one was only on skis and at the rope, but therefore he could even ride small boxes and in the halfpipe!
Soon the Olympic Games in Korea will start. You will be on site, but what’s your job?
I will work as the commentator for SRF in Korea and also, like already in Vancouver and Sochi, serve as an expert during the snowboard and free ski competition broadcasts.
How many Olympic Games have you been part of yet – either as an athlete or with a different function?
These are going to be my sixth Olympic Games! During three games (Nagano, Salt Lake City, Torino), I participated as an athlete and during the other ones (Vancouver, Sochi, Korea), I was the commentator and expert for SRF.
What would you estimate, how good are the chances for the Swiss snowboard and free ski athletes? Especially focusing on the Samsung team!
I would say their chances are really good! Pat is in top shape at the moment and he’s got a huge bag full of tricks. Also Fabian Bösch can achieve an exploit. Of course, I really hope that Dave will make it to Korea after his heavy fall during the Laax Open. Giulia had also good opportunities to win a medal, but due to her injuries she definitely won’t make it to Korea.
Samsung recently launched their Olympic Campaign #DoWhatYouCant. What are your thoughts about this hashtag? What do you connect with it?
It’s a symbol for me to break out of your comfort zone to explore and try new things and to overcome new challenges.
What’s your personal #DoWhatYouCant? Do you’ve got a trick in mind, which you still want to learn?
I really do want to try the Double Chuck Flip on a Powder Hip. I’m pretty sure, that I could do this trick…