Sarka Pancochova mastered a snowboard in her hometown on the slopes at Morava Pico, which set up the foundation for her future. Since becoming a professional snowboarder, the sponsors came racing towards her. In her first season competing on the Burton Global Open Series, Pancochova placed sixth in both the slopestyle and the halfpipe events at the 2009 European Open. This established her as a threat in both disciplines and earned Pancochova the title of TTR Women’s Rookie of the Year in the process. In her Olympic debut in 2010, the 23-year-old made it to the finals of the women's halfpipe, but finished 14th overall. In Sochi, she'll be focusing solely on slopestyle, despite competing in the halfpipe at the World Cup test event in 2013. Pancochova is part of the One Life Crew along with fellow female riders Jamie Anderson, Chanelle Sladics and Kjersti Buaas, The four, who support one another while progressing the sport, have adopted the name as their slogan.
- 2014 U.S. Grand Prix, Copper Mountain - 1st
- 2013 World Cup, Sochi, Russia (halfpipe) - 17th
- 2013 FIS World Cup, Spindleruv Mlyn, Czech Republic - 8th
- 2011 Dew Tour, Breckenridge - 3rd
Things To Know:
1. After picking up her first sponsors in the 2005-06 season, Pancochova threw it all on the line and called her travel bag and team van home.
2. She credits bronze medalist Scotty Lago as inspiring her to become a snowboarder.
3. To make life easier on announcers, she goes by Sarka Panc.