|Born||29 January 1986|
Newport Beach, California
|Height||188 cm (6 ft 2 in)|
|Ski club||SC Parpan|
|World Cup career|
|Updated on 12 February 2021.|
Alex Fiva (born 29 January 1986) is a Swiss freestyle skier who specializes in the ski cross discipline.
He started his career as an alpine skier who had some success as a junior. In 2006 he was the Swiss Junior Bronze medalist in the slalom discipline, however he quit alpine skiing in 2007.
Having switched to freestyle ski cross, he made his World Cup debut in March 2008 in Meiringen, with a 29th place. However it wasn't until early 2010 that he showed his potential, winning back to back Europa Cup races. These results earned him a place in the Swiss World Cup squad for the end of the season, his best result being 12th place in Grindelwald.
It was at the start of the 2010–2011 season that he took another step forward. In the second World Cup event of the season in Innichen, he came from nowhere to secure 2nd place, having been 35th the day before. He followed this up with two more top 5 finishes. He was chosen to represent Switzerland at the FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships 2011 in Deer Valley Resort. He only managed 25th place. In the next World Cup event he sustained an injury which kept him out for the rest of the season.
It was in the 2011–2012 season that his real breakthrough came. He again finished on the podium in Innichen in the second World Cup event of the year, coming in third. He took his first World Cup victory in the night event in St. Johann in Tirol, and his second win came in the next week in Les Contamines.
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