The bio of this outstanding freestyle skier reads ‘Freeskier and Social Media Star’. This is what Andri Ragettli, a Swiss freeskier, is famous for, both in the field of freeskiing and social media platforms.
Born on 21 August 1998, this Swiss freeskier is considered one of the most influential and successful freestyle skiers. He has won many honors and awards. He set a world record in the very first Quad-Cork 1800 on skis in 2017. He won a bronze medal in slopestyle at Winter X Games XXII. He also became a finalist in the same event in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, where he finished seventh. He also became the second person to perform a Quad-Cork 1980 on skis after Swiss skier Fabian Bösch.
How Ragettli came to be such a champion skier was his proximity to the world’s best freestyle resort, called LAAX, where he spent his childhood days. When he was just two, he skied for the first time. Although he had taken up a fondness for ski racing, he found ski jumping to be his main calling.
When Ragettli was only seven years old, he enrolled in LAAX for his first freestyle course. And by the age of eight, he has already entered competitive events, such as the Salomon Jib Academy, by lying about his age in order to compete. As a 10-year-old, he had already competed in competition famous ski resorts, like the Junior X-Games in Tignes, and others across Europe.
At the age of 13, Ragettli was invited to join the Swiss Freeski Team to train in America. He gave his every bit in this training and went on to win many medals for the team. Such was his mastery over freestyle skiing that he participated in the World Cup event in New Zealand in 2013 when he was only 15…the minimum legal age to participate in this event. His supremacy in events continued and at Livigno Nine Knights, where he won his first triple and went on to master two other types of triples.
Ragettli is not only the start of the ski ramp but also of the social media. He’s quite active on Facebook and Instagram. On YouTube, he’s active as a Vlogger.