Nevin Galmarini and His Snowboarding Success
Swiss snowboarder Nevin Galmarini claimed gold in parallel giant slalom at 2018 Winter Olympics, the result he had been aspiring for since his Olympic debut in 2010. Though this athlete doesn’t have a vast number of various awards, he is a hard worker, whose efforts start to be rewarded. Let’s get to know more about Nevin.
Nevin Galmarini was born on December 4, 1986, in St. Gallen, Switzerland. He started to participate in races at the age of 11.
Participating in 2004, 2005 and 2006 Junior World Championships, he didn’t gain any medal. His best result was the 11th place in snowboardcross in 2006. In 2009, he became the Swiss national champion and since that moment, his career started to develop more rapidly.
In 2009, Nevin Galmarini took part in his first World Championships. He finished 32nd in parallel giant slalom and 24th in parallel slalom. In 2011, he was 9th in parallel GS and 22nd in parallel slalom. At 2013 and 2015 World Championships, the snowboarder finished 14th and 15th in parallel GS and 8th in parallel slalom. But he showed the best results in 2017 Sierra Nevada, by getting a bronze medal in parallel GS and being 4th in parallel slalom.
Galmarini’s World Cup debut took place in 2006 S. Viglio di Marebbe, where he finished 30th in parallel GS. He rose to his first podium in 2011 Arosa, where he won a bronze medal in parallel GS. In 2012 Stoneham, one more bronze medal in this discipline was added to his collection. In 2013 Moscow, the athlete won his first parallel slalom medal, a silver one.
At 2015 World Cup event in Carezza, Nevin earned a bronze medal in parallel GS. In 2017, he, finally, won his first gold medal in parallel GS in Rogla as well as earned a silver medal in Bansko. In 2017/18 season, the Swiss gathered more medals than in any other season and was ranked 4th overall. He was 2-time gold, 2-time silver and 1-time bronze medalist in parallel GS.
Moreover, Nevin is a winner of 2017 and 2018 Europa Cup and 2015 North American Cup as well as a bronze medalist of 2011 Universiade.
Winter Olympic Games
In 2010 Vancouver, Nevin Galmarini took part in his first Olympic Games and finished 17th. At 2014 Winter Olympics, he won a silver medal in parallel giant slalom and finished 7th in parallel slalom.
At 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, Nevin became a gold medalist in parallel giant slalom. He told: “Today was fantastic. Now I am the Olympic champion. It sounds both surreal and fantastic”.
Also, the athlete shared his opinion on the race: “There are some races where choosing is important, others not. In this one I wanted to go hard and take risks in qualification to have the result on my side”.
All in all, despite his great experience, Nevin Galmarini made a breakthrough only recently and won the majority of his most memorable races within the latest two years. We hope that this tendency will continue and this Swiss athlete will gain much more medals and titles.