NAME: Anne Wangler
BIRTHDAY: 20 September 1989
HOME: Innsbruck/ AUT
I was born and raised in the Ore-mountains in Germany which is the reason for many questions like “So, how the hell did you get into skiing?”. I´d be lying if I told you that the mountains we ski at home are like the Alps, but it is still “home” and they are cute little mountains that are great if you grow up racing. My first time on skis was at the age of two. My parents strapped skis to my feet and just pushed me down the hill. By the age of 16 I was racing. As time went by, crashing gates gradually became less important, and even became tiring and boring to me. A few years later I found myself skiing in the backcountry - that is what my heart beats for!
I did get my Masters degree, but I haven´t had the urge to pursue a big career. I´m mostly focused on being on skis as much as possible.
I´m chasing the feeling of pure happiness. The stoke. The smile that you just can´t stop. All that matters in this moment is you, the mountain and the friends who are just as passionate and excited as you are.
I always try to keep my mind clear and to anticipate what might be the outcome. I´ll look at the pros and cons in connection with the surrounding factors and my skillset. It all comes down to whether it´s worth the risk or not. If it is and it does look possible, I’d much rather go for it and fight, than quit or bail.
I guess I´ve made a couple of sacrifices BUT they don´t really feel like sacrifices because skiing simply makes me happier than anything else right now. This might slightly shift as I grow older (but maybe not!
Oh, the headgame is crucial. As soon as you´re only a little bit distracted or not fully into it you´ll most likely not succeed. I need to be 100% on it and most importantly be confident. Things can for sure and should from time to time scare you a little, because that´s how you get stronger, right?! BUT it shouldn´t feel out of your league. That´s not healthy in the long-run.
I usually jump in my van and go somewhere beautiful. I like to keep it simple - hike, climb, fish, hang out with friends around a campfire. I pretty much like everything that happens in the outdoors.
That´s definitely something I´m working on. I put quite a lot of pressure on myself and easily get stressed out. That´s one reason why I stopped competing. I always did well in training but almost never skied to my potential in a comp. Well, at least I know where my weaknesses lay!