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Gian Simmen

Photograph By patrickarmbruster.com/@brusti

In the summer of 1998 snowboarding was fresh on the Olympic roster and summercamps were booming at glaciers across North America and Europe. "Gian Simmen had just won the first Olympic halfpipe in Nagano," says Armbruster. Simmens' career, like this air out of a slushy summertime pipe at Les Diablerets, Switzerland, was very much on an upward trajectory.