The brand-new documentary, that was produced over a period of three years, opens at the
2020 Winter XGames, in Aspen, as she drops in with a single image in her mind: To land the
first triple underflip in women’s competition. Her three bruising attempts fail but as the
commentary proclaims, we are watching the workings of a “warrior”. Anna is so much more
than just a warrior. She is also a thinker and from each experience she learns, visualises, and
only takes risks that are calculated. It is one of her strongest attributes and key to her
progression, suggests her partner, pro snowboarder Clemens Millauer.
Born in 1991 and having spent most of her early years climbing the ranks of gymnastics,
Anna only started snowboarding at the age of 18. In her own words, she knew from the first
time she strapped in, that snowboarding was her thing.
Only nine years after she started, at Stubai’s Prime Park, Anna landed the first female cab
triple underflip, with only a quiet hint to Clemens that she was going to try it and suggestion
that he filmed from the knuckle…
“I definitely never thought women would be doing triples,”
remembers Jamie Anderson, a benchmark for Anna’s early career. Then one year later she
landed the first female cab double cork 1260. Anna just keeps on breaking codes.
She rose quickly through the ranks of women’s snowboarding, winning countless medals
and accolades including Espy award winner, Austrian sportswoman of the year, Transworld
Women’s “Rider of the Year“ & Women’s “Readers Choice“ Award. Despite all her
competition successes, the 2018 Winter Olympics were the ultimate test of her strengths,
until with one final jump and her one-time idol Jamie Anderson in the lead, she knew she had
to drop a hammer. Quietly, and with single focus she dropped in and stuck a cab double 10
to win gold.
The outstanding and informative documentary, The Spark Within, couldn’t drop at a more
perfect time for Anna and women’s snowboarding. She maintains her position at the fore of
snowboarding progression and is a shining example of how to smash gender barriers for the
next generation of female snowboarders and will compete at the 2022 Winter Olympics.
“I am incredibly proud to be finally able to present the film. It’s great to be able to show theAnna adds
sport, that has given me so much, from my perspective,”.
“Anna being Anna will have an intensely strong impact on the future of women’s snowboarding”.And as the legendary
Kelly Clark put it