Anton’s chance to shine
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.