German freeskier Lisa Zimmermann
X Games Coming to Munich
German freeskier Lisa Zimmermann has yet to compete in the X Games, but next week she will attend X Games Munich as a spectator. "I live next to Munich," Zimmermann says. "I will definitely come to watch it."
This past March, Zimmermann became the first woman to land a double-cork 1260 in competition. The trick helped her win the Nine Queens big-air contest in Austria.
On The List
"I often make a list with tricks that I'd like to learn and then I try to do the tricks during the season," Zimmermann says. "The dub 12 was on my list. Landing that, it was an amazing feeling. I can't even describe it."
Finding Her Sport
Zimmermann got her start as a figure skater at age 6. By 14, she followed her dad and brother to a slopestyle ski contest and won. The next year, she swapped ice skating for freeskiing.
So Close to X
This past March, Zimmermann got her first invitation to compete at X Games Tignes, in France. But a scheduling conflict with a final exam at school forced her to drop out of the contest at the last minute. Here she is on a practice run in Tignes.
"I got 29 points out of 30, so I don't regret it," she says about missing X Games for a school exam. "But if I have to choose between something like that again, I may opt for X Games and getting a truancy in school."
Germany doesn't have a huge freeskiing community yet, but when ski slopestyle makes its Olympic debut next February in Sochi, Russia, Zimmermann hopes to represent her country. "I want to compete in the Olympics," she says. "But first, I need to qualify."
After her win at Nine Queens this past spring, there was talk that Zimmermann was going to break out the double-cork 1260 at X Games Tignes. "Lisa is probably the only person that can do the dub 12, which is huge," says Kaya Turski, the seven-time X Games gold medalist in Women's Ski Slopestyle.
Queens of the Castle
Zimmermann and fellow slopestyle skier Tiril Sjstad Christiansen at the Nine Queens contest in March.