An­ton’s chance to shine

Mansfield Courier - - SPORT -

MT Buller’s An­ton Grimus is in ac­tion at the Sochi Olympics to­mor­row night in his ski cross event.

An­ton Grimus grew up on Mt Buller where his par­ents, Hans and Lotte Grimus, own and op­er­ate the iconic Ho­tel Pen­sion Grimus.

With ski­ing in his blood, the sup­port of his fam­ily and the snow at the front doorstep of their home, it was in­evitable that An­ton would be­come a world suc­cess.

An­ton has com­peted in ski cross events all around the world since 2010 in­clud­ing the high­light of his ca­reer in De­cem­ber 2012, where he made third place at the World Cup in Nakiska, Canada.

Grimus jug­gled his univer­sity stud­ies and ski­ing for a few years be­fore fo­cus­ing on gain­ing se­lec­tion for the Olympic Games in Rus­sia and he has pro­duced the re­sults.

The 2012/13 sea­son was an out­stand­ing break­through for him.

He fin­ished the sea­son ranked 12th due to that bronze at the Nakiska World Cup in De­cem­ber 2012, a sev­enth at the 2013 World Cham­pi­onships and eighth at the Sochi Test Event/World Cup.

Dur­ing the 2013/14 sea­son Grimus showed he has the speed to deliver top re­sults by win­ning the qual­i­fi­ca­tion run at the Val Thorens World Cup in Jan­uary.

He went on to place 17th in both of the back-to-back World Cup events.

Grimus is known for his long bushy beard that has drawn com­par­isons with fa­mous Aus­tralian bushranger Ned Kelly.

Ski Cross (also known as Skier­cross or Skier-X) is a type of ski­ing com­pe­ti­tion, based on the snow­board­ing dis­ci­pline of Board­er­cross.

De­spite it be­ing a timed rac­ing event, it is of­ten con­sid­ered part of freestyle ski­ing be­cause it in­cor­po­rates ter­rain fea­tures tra­di­tion­ally found in freestyle.

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