Simon Amman before his seventh match: “I came back and was moved”
In 1998, at the age of 16, Simon Aman participated in the Winter Olympics in Nagano for the first time. In a few days, the 40-year-old will be participating for the seventh time.
Simon Aman will compete in his seventh Olympic Games in the coming days: a record! A Swiss athlete was neither present in the winter nor at the Summer Games. Four-time Olympic champion Dario Colonna is the most successful Swiss Winter Olympian.
The 40-year-old thought he would make his last Olympic appearance in Pyeongchang four years ago. “Now I am standing there again and being captivated by the idea of the next Olympic participation. It excites a lot for me.
The snowboarding has been at the Olympic Village since last Saturday. Since many athletes will only arrive in the next few days, there is still very little life left. However, the first impression is positive. “No apartment complexes are built here like in Pyeongchang and it’s not like a university campus like in Sochi. I love the design and layout of the houses.”
Oman will die in 12th place
So far this season, the 40-year-old hasn’t gone according to plan. Only in Oberstdorf has Amman proven that it can still keep pace with the expanding global elite. With thirteenth place he achieved Olympic limits. Accordingly, the four-time Olympic champion formulates his goals with restraint. “I want to do my best this season.” Means: a place in the top 12. “Crafting higher goals would be a bold thing. But the world is created in the mind, and that’s what I’m working on.”
On February 6th, a competition for the first set of medals will be held on the regular hill. Ski jumped the big hill after six days. The greatest hopes for a Swiss exploit lie with Kilian Pierre. The 26-year-old has jumped from Vaud to fourth place twice this season at the World Cup in Engelberg. With Gregor Deschwanden and Dominic Peter there will be two more Swiss at the start.