Photos – The Julia Dujmovits Story

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Julia Dujmovits (born 12 June 1987) is an Austrian snowboarder.

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Dujmovits won silver in the parallel giant slalom at the 2013 FIS Snowboarding World Championships.

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She won a gold in the same discipline at the 2013 Winter Universiade.

Seveteen years ago in the pretty Austrian ski resort a defective heating unit started a fire in the ascending train of the funicular, rupturing the hydraulic cables and activating the emergency braking system, bringing the train to a halt 600 metres into the tunnel.

Three km in length, the tunnel carried the trains up to and down from the Alpine Centre at 2450m.

It acted like a blast furnace for the expanding fire.

Over the coming years Julia would face more setbacks, each chipping away – sometimes quite literally – at the future Olympic champion until she had to find a way to rebuild herself, or else succumb.

A fractured ankle, broken collarbone, and nemesis of skiers and snowboarders alike, torn ACL – not once but twice – all threatened to bring down Julia’s otherwise promising future as a professional sportswoman.

Image Courtesy – Julia Dujmovits (Instagram)

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