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Alessandro Hammerle is still in a state of disbelief following his Olympic gold medal win in the men’s snowboard cross at the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Zhangjiakou City, north China’s Hebei Province.
Hammerle, the 28-year-old athlete and three-time Olympian of Austria, says the win has brought greatrelief from years of preparation since his failure at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics in 2018 during an exclusive interview with China Global Television Network (CGTN) on Friday.
“I think we learned a lot from the failure in PyeongChang (Winter Olympics). We improved a lot in the last few years. Of course, the pressure was rising before the success we had prior to this event, and I’m so glad I bring it down. I just want to thank everyone especially my family, friends, girlfriend and the team around me making this possible, achieve big dream of mine and fulfilling my career,” said Hammerle.
Hammerle spoke highly of the preparations of the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games, as he had believed that it would be really hard for them to prepare such a fantastic event against the backdrop of the pandemic.
“I think they did a great job regarding the situation with coronavirus. It’s really, really hard and difficult in these times to make such big games, and I’m happy that we can be here and compete and also we were, everybody was safe and I think it’s a good environment. The venue is overwhelming. The snow is so good, it’s so compacted, and it’s really, really nice to carve. It’s amazing,” said Hammerle.
Hammerle described his feelings when first touching the gold medal and waking up with the medal next to him, saying it was hard to believe his dream had come true.
“Not so sure what’s about to happen, I have never been Olympic champion before. When I saw the people are going crazy at home, I think everybody wants to celebrate and see the piece of the medal I bring home. It’s a beauty and it’s actually really heavy. It’s overwhelming to actually have it in your hands. Like today when I woke up and I was lying next to, sleeping next to it. Still can’t believe it, that it’s here. It’s crazy!” said Hammerle.