Growing up at the base of Mt Buller in the Victorian town of Mansfield, Alex "Chumpy" Pullin traded his skis for a snowboard at eight-years-old and has consistently shown that he was destined to reach the peak of his sport, Snowboard Cross.
Chumpy made his World Cup debut in the Japanese resort of Furano in February 2007. Twelve months after making his World Cup debut, Chumpy established himself as one of the most promising athletes for the future winning his first World Cup medal in Gujo-Gifu, Korea.
Making his Olympic debut at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games, Chumpy showed his great potential qualifying first for the finals, but having to settle for 17th place after a fall in the first round of finals.
After coming so close to the podium in Vancouver, Chumpy went on to dominate the sport placing first and second in the final two World Cup events of the 2010 season, and won his first ever World Championship in 2011 at the Spanish resort of La Molina.
The 2011 World Championships in La Molina, Spain, was a proud moment for Australian Snowboarding, with Alex Pullin (Snowboard Cross), Holly Crawford (Halfpipe) and Nathan Johnston (Halfpipe) all winning gold.
In 2012/2013 Alex “Chumpy” Pullin created history, becoming the first Australian winter sports athlete to defend a World Championship title, successfully. Chumpy also won the World Cup title for the second time in his career, achieved after claiming four World Cup medals which included two victories.
In difficult conditions at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, Chumpy exited the competition in the second round of finals after catching an edge whilst passing. This placed Chumpy in a final position of 13th.
Chumpy had a successful 2014-2015 season finishing the season ranked second on the World Cup standings. Two podium performance where achieved by Chumpy, at World Cup events in Veysonnaz and La Molina.
In 2015-2016, the highlight for Chumpy was winning gold at the final World Cup of the season in Baqueira Beret, Spain, joining teammate Belle Brockhoff who won the women's event. The result was historic, marking the first time Australia has won both events at a major competition.
Question & Answer:
Childhood Ambition: To meet Jimmy Hendrix
I began this sport ... When I was 8-years-old
Proudest moment: winning my second world title
Favourite Food: Mum's Lasagne
Favourite overseas competition: Stoneham World Championships 2013
Famous relative: Alex Miller
Sports Hero: Pat Rafter, Kelly Slater
When I am not training/competing I am: Surfing
Highest level of education achieved: VCE
Sponsors: Suzuki, Red Bull, Bolle, 2XU, Mt Hotham, Apex Snowboards, XTM, Globe.
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