After Anna Gasser, another freestyle snowboarding talent from Carinthia seems to be on the way. 17-year-old Eric Dovjak wins gold in the Big Air at the Junior World Championships in Leysin (Switzerland)!
Dovjak nailed both a backside triple cork 1440 and a switch backside 1260 perfectly in the final, triumphing ahead of Japan’s Taiga Hasegawa and South Korea’s Lee Chaeun.
“In the run-up to the World Championships, I looked at what my competitors were capable of. I then adjusted my tricks to have a chance of being up front – and that worked out perfectly in the end,” says Dovjak happily.
“Of course, everything has to fit together in order to actually stand the jumps in the contest. My opponents showed similar tricks in terms of difficulty, but I got the decisive advantage with the execution,” adds the 17-year-old from Ferlach, who finished 7th place. Attended class at BG/BRG Mössinger in Klagenfurt.
Dovjak wants to go where Gasser is
ÖSV freestyle junior coach Mathias Weissenbacher gives his protégé, who is part of the ÖSV support squad, an excellent reference: “Eric has already won his qualifying heat and then also tactically designed the final very cleverly in difficult conditions. In the end, the larger The height and width of his jumps were decisive for him,” says Weissenbacher.
For the Carinthian Dovjak, compatriot and Big Air double Olympic champion Anna Gasser is clearly a great role model: “It’s impressive what she’s achieved. I want to go where she’s been everywhere,” emphasizes the ÖSV rookie and says thus starts at world championships, X-Games and Olympic Games. “But first of all it’s about gaining a foothold in the World Cup and gaining experience to know how it’s going there,” explained Dovjak.