Benni

Benjamin Karl

From first contact with a board, I was infected...

Benjamin Karl lies against the face of Monte Elmo, Italy on January 2nd, 2012
© Philip Platzer/Red Bull Content Pool

Hi, my name is Benjamin Karl. My discipline is snowboard alpine slalom. My friends call me Benni. I was born on 16 October 1985 in St. Pölten, Austria. My special talent is being faster than the rest. My philosophy of life is all that you do, do it with 100%. The most important person in my life is my little Princess Benina. My favourite food is steak with peppersauce. My favourite music is Bruce Springsteen and Austro Pop.

Bio

From a young age, Benjamin Karl showed real aptitude on the board. By the time he was 10 he had already decided that he was going to pursue a professional snowboarding career. Focusing predominantly on alpine slalom, Ben’s skill developed quickly. However, his aspirations were almost shattered in 1995 when he broke three thoracic vertebrae in an accident. But, after a short but intensive period of rehabilitation, Ben came back blazing to win the regional championships later that same year.

Unable to fault his determination and verve for the sport, Ben’s parents had little choice but to send him to the Skihandelsschule in Austria, where athletes go to receive both academic teaching and physical training. There he perfected the parallel slalom (PSL) and the parallel giant slalom (PGS).

The 2008/09 season was the undoubtedly one of the highlights of Ben’s entire career (so far). In 2008, he once again took the Austrian National Championship title and the overall World Cup to boot! In 2009, another injury made it look like he would have to forfeit the World Championships in Gongwon, Korea. But Ben once again made a speedy recovery and came back to claim the first ever PSL world title.

The 2009/10 season finished with Ben taking silver at the Winter Olympics and another World Cup title. And since such successes, Ben has continued to dominate the podiums of... well, pretty much any competition he enters. In 2014 he took home yet another Olympic medal after winning bronze at Sochi.

In his "spare" time, he can be seen on his bike just for fun or at events such as Red Bull Dolomitenmann. It's clear the young Austrian has no intention of stopping any time soon.

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Career Highlights

  1. 2014
    1. Bronze: Winter Olympics - Snowboard - Men's Parallel Slalom

      Sochi, Russia

  2. 2013
    1. FIS Snowboard World Champion - Parallel Giant Slalom

      Stoneham, Canada

  3. 2012
    1. 3rd Place: FIS World Cup - Parallel Slalom

  4. 2011
    1. FIS Snowboarding World Champion - Parallel Slalom

      La Molina, Spain

    2. FIS Snowboarding World Champion - Parallel Giant Slalom

      La Molina, Spain

  5. 2010
    1. Silver: Winter Olympics - Parallel Giant Slalom

      Vancouver, Canada

  6. 2009
    1. FIS Snowboarding World Champion - Parallel Slalom

      Gangwon, South Korea

  7. 2008
    1. FIS Snowboard World Cup Champion - Parallel and overall