Born in Friesach in Carinthia, Nicole made her World Cup debut in March 2007. Schmidhofer competed for Austria at the 2010 Winter Olympics, but did not finish in the super-G at Whistler, her only event at the Olympics. Three years later, Schmidhofer finished in 11th place in the super-G at the 2013 World Championships in Schladming.
Her breakout World Cup season was in 2019, with three wins and three additional podiums; she won the season title in downhill and was runner-up in super-G.
Women Fitness joins the superbly ski-racer, Nicole Schmidhofer for an interesting conversation about her journey in the Olympics.
You made your debut in World Cup in March 2007 with a breakout World Cup season in 2019, with three wins and three additional podiums. How would you define your relentlessly journey to achieve desired goal?
It was a journey with many ups and downs. Everything happened very fast for me. To move from the youth squad up to the national team in one year is rather rare. The years went by and yet somehow I still couldn’t get into the top 20 in Super-G or Downhill. So I got kicked out of the team in 2012. I prepared myself for the summer at my own expense and after completing performance tests I was allowed to train with the team again. The following season 2012/13 was a great one. I achieved my first podium in Super-G in Cortina d´Ampezzo and qualified for the world championship back home in Schladming. In January 2016 my progress was halted by a severe knee injury. A cruciate ligament rupture and meniscus rupture ended the season earlier that I expected. In the following comeback season, one year and 3 weeks after my knee injury, I celebrated the biggest success of my career thus far. Super-G-World Champion in St. Moritz. So I was ready for more.
The olympic season 2017/18 had started well for me with the 3rd place in the Super-G of Lake Louise, and another podium in Cortina gave me big hopes for winning a medal at the olympics. But ending up with a 12th and 18th place, the games were a huge disappointment for me. Looking back on the years from my first world cup race in 2007 to my first world cup victory in 2018, I have experienced a lot, both positive and negative. I really learned a lot from it and each of these situations were probably necessary to be able to claim number 1 status in the downhill world cup 2019 today.
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