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Jonas Lengwiler made history at Red Bull Ragnarok 2018

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After winning Red Bull Ragnarok on a snowboard last year, Jonas Lengwiler brought his skis for this year's race.

Jonas Lengwiler is what you can call a Red Bull Ragnarok veteran, after winning on snowboard in 2017, he came back for his fifth race and took the third place in 2018 – this time on skis!

This years start was one for the books
This years start was one for the books

Jonas tells us that after spending a lot of time this winter snowkiting in the Swiss alps, the Red Bull Ragnarok is the only race he will be doing this year. After winning the race on snowboard last year, he came with a lot of motivation to be the first guy ever to take the win on both snowboard and on skis. Even though he did not win, he still made history by ending up on the podium. 

– I am always looking for new projects and challenges. After the win last year got a lot of motivation to become the first ever to win Ragnarok in different categories. The level of the skiers is so high and I knew it was going to be harder on skis. Florian Gruber and Felix Kersten were so fast and I knew they were going to be hard to beat. At Ragnarok anything can happen, and even though I didn't win it was really cool to see that I am at a high level in both the snowboarding and the skiing category!

Jonas Lengwiler won Red Bull Ragnarok on a snowboard in 2017
Jonas Lengwiler won Red Bull Ragnarok on a snowboard in 2017

Last year's wind conditions made it super tough for the competitors. This year the sky was blue and the wind was good for the most part of the race. Jonas had a bad start however, and after going down on four times in the first lap he had to decide if he should go home or try to go as fast as possible. Luckily, he went for the second option and was in the lead for a long time before being caught up right before the very last lap.

– After I managed to catch up, being in the lead really motivated me to push my limits for a really long time. Felix and Florian were constantly right behind me, and it was one of the toughest races ever for me. When you are in the lead you constantly have to go fast and the guys behind you can see where you go and maybe chose other lines than you. It was really stressfull but a lot of fun to be in the lead in such a big competition. On the last laps the guys behind me caught up and had bigger kites, so I could not keep up.

1. Florian Gruber 2. Felix Kersten 3. Jonas Lengwilder
1. Florian Gruber 2. Felix Kersten 3. Jonas Lengwilder

Jonas brings his experience to Red Bull Ragnarok, after snowkiting for about fourteen years, and even though he looks at snowkiting as fun instead of training, he will bring his skis and his experience back next year to try and get that top spot!