For Jono Brauer speed spells success. As Australia’s reigning alpine ski champion, his burning ambition is to beat his rivals to the base of a steep ice-glazed mountain at a speed nearing the velocity of an Italian sports car.
It may sound downright nuts, but for 26-year-old Brauer skiing is the love of his life. Since his mum first clicked him into bindings at four years old, this determined athlete has cranked his career up to full throttle and successfully launched himself onto the world’s snowfields.
“As a kid I could never get enough and I still feel the same way,” says the Thredbo raised Brauer.
Brauer has dominated local competition as a seven-time Australian/New Zealand champion, he placed 14th in the Super Combined World Cup 2006, first in the Europa Cup Slalom 2006 and first in the tough North American Cup Slalom 2002. He also competed in the 2006 Torino Olympics. Brauer’s talent in his early years was formidable. By age 11, he was competing on the legendary slopes of Europe where he won his first national race. He notched up a swag of local championships and then at 20, he entered his first World Cup, he’s competed every season since.
Battle scarred at 28, Brauer has suffered a few spills in his career but they barely faze him. He devotes year-round attention to training and competing around the world. Plus he has a killer attitude, a streak of insanity and a need-for-speed mindset complimenting his highly tuned skills. Brauer is a powerhouse of ambition with his eyes set firmly on success.
“There’s a lot I want to accomplish, right now I’m throwing all of my efforts into finishing this year’s World Cup season ranked in the top 15 in the world,” said a fired up Brauer last year.
Jono flew the Australian flag at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games, managing to finish both the tough Super-G and Downhill courses in Whistler, BC, in a respectable 30th and 39th places respectively.