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Best shots of Winter X Games 2019 in Aspen, Colorado

Skiing Athlete

Sarah Hoefflin

Switzerland Switzerland


How many pro freeskiers do you know with a neuroscience degree? Actually, Sarah Hoefflin from Geneva, Switzerland is the world’s only rider who fits that bill. Initially just a weekend ski warrior, she graduated from Cardiff University in 2013 at the age of 23, determined to become a doctor. But rejected by medical school, Hoefflin flipped the switch. Relocated to the Swiss Alps. Worked jobs at resorts while shredding some of the world’s best snow parks every single day, inspired by French freestyle skier Candide Thovex. Two seasons later, Hoefflin’s transformation into a leader of freeski’s new school was complete. Picking up sponsors and climbing the competitive ranks, she claimed her first World Cup and Europa Cup wins in 2017 and made history as the first woman to stomp doubles in multiple directions in competition. Next, she put all younger riders on notice by winning Slopestyle gold at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, followed by back-to-back silver medals in Slopestyle at X Games Aspen 2019 and 2020, although entering as the oldest competitor in her sport. Proving that age is just a number, she filmed mind-boggling clips for the Faction Ski Team movie ‘The Collective’, recognized with the Best Female Edit trophy at the Newschoolers Skier of the Year Awards. The nature lover and ambassador for mountain conservancy Protect Our Winters Currently is on a roll after starting 2020 with a win at the Land Rover U.S. Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain. Expect big things from her. Sarah has already proven she’s capable of anything she sets her mind to…