PAZNAUN PEOPLE: MARCO LADNER, WILD DOG

He’s young, wild and doesn’t need a helicopter to fly – just his skis. Freestyle professional Marco Ladner, Paznaun’s representative in the 2018 Olympic Games, in our Trisanna portrait.

 

Name
Marco Ladner

Age
19, born in Zams

Place of residence
Mathon

Job
Professional freestyler, army sportsman

 

 

How did you get into freestyle?
Right from the start when I began snowboarding as a young lad, I was fascinated by freestyle. After a year I switched to skiing, and although I still like to snowboard from time to time, I don’t regret my decision. When my sponsor brought the SCA Newscoolteam to my first competition, I couldn’t imagine that my hobby would become my career later on.

In Sochi in 2014, you were the youngest Olympic athlete since 1936. The Winter Olympics in February 2018 in Korea, when you were 19, were your second Games. Are you aiming for a new record in Olympic appearances?
Honestly, I don’t know what the record is for the number of times participating in the Olympics. But I do hope that these weren’t my last Olympic Winter Games.

What impression of Korea have you brought back home with you?
The world is big and beautiful, but home is still the most beautiful place of all

You’ve given yourself a personal present after your return from Korea. Yes, thanks to “Domensions Tatu“, the fantastic times in Sochi and Pyeongchang have literally got under my skin!

 

 

Do you also receive support from the region so you can follow your dream career?
Yes, I have my family and my sponsors, especially Ischgl (TVB, Silvretta Seilbahn AG and community) to thank for so much, for everything.

What’s your favourite expression in the Paznaun dialect?
Fohrbesa (someone who’s always out and about)

What’s your favourite meal?
Surf and Turf cooked by my mum

What’s your favourite place in Paznaun?
Berglisee (above Mathon)

Describe the people of Paznaun as a race:
Friendly and helpful

If Mathon were an animal, what would it be?
A husky

With what drink do you toast to a successful competition?
With a pfiff – a small measure of beer

Your favourite colour in winter?
Black and white

The Silvretta Arena in a single word?
Freedom

 

 

What’s your favourite language during the season?
Spanish

Where do you find a moment’s peace?
In a thermal bath

What’s your favourite song with a Paznaun connection?
“Buttons” – byThe Pussycat Dolls feat. Snoop Dogg (at the Opening in 2006)

 

 

The most important winter accessory?
Völkl freestyle skis and an Ischgl hat

Your favourite time of day?
Ten o’clock in the morning

The most important changes of the last ten years?
My participation in two Olympics (Sochi/Russia in 2014 and Pyeong Chang/Korea in 2018)