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Steamboat Magazine

Richard Pickl

10/30/2013 06:40PM ● By Grant Johnson

Steamboat Springs, CO -

Q. What are some of your favorite runs in Steamboat?
A. I have never been to Steamboat but I am looking forward to seeing and experiencing it.

Q. Is there anywhere you consider to be your second home?
A. I was born, raised and still live in the same house in a very small village in the middle of the Austrian Alps. It would be even hard to imagine moving to another street in my home town, Ramsau am Dachstein.

Q. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
A. “Turn your hips” in golf. In snowboarding, Rob Roy was my one and only coach, Although it was for only one season, we discovered some snowboard basics which are still valid. This was only possible because we (all team members including Thedo Remmelink) put our thoughts together, tried something new and discussed the results. That’s the way to find good advice.

Q. What’s your favorite thing about your sport?
A. Ambitious young athletes try to reach their goals and I can help them to fulfill their dreams.

Q. How did you get into coaching?
A. Ever since I was young I was interested in teaching and coaching. It just came naturally to me. Step by step.

Q. How do you like to relax?
A. On my home mountains in winter and summer – a nice game of golf with friends, a glass of beer or red wine and old tales with friends.

Q. Which of the seven continents have you visited?
A. North and South America, Asia and Europe.

Q. What was your best subject in school?
A. Sports and mathematics.

Q. What is your favorite vacation destination?
A. My home and Mallorca. My brother owns an apartment there.

Q. Do you prefer small towns or big cities?
A. “Small is beautiful.” – E.F. Schumacher

Q. If you had a superpower, what would it be?
A. I would like to be able to fly. Time traveling would be interesting, too.

Q. What is the funniest thing that’s ever happened to you?
A. I discovered that after a while many things become funny. I like to tell these funny tales to everybody who is not fast enough.

Q. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
A. In Ramsau am Dachstein hugging my first grandchild.

Q. Who are the most important people in your life?
A. David and Dora, my children.