“My dad was riding himself. He drove every week end for practising or to races and he just took me all the time. When I was 3 he put me on a little dirt bike, and I never stopped riding since. My best season was finishing 6 of the World Championship of freestyle. When you jump, you just feel free of everything, you’re so focused and all the world blurs around you. Just a few special seconds exactly. I wouldn’t change it for anything. That’s just the way, you know, I never had a normal job.
Back in the days, when the first people did backflips, you saw many riders disappear from the scene. Because that was a game changer. It’s one of the simplest things to do but for the mind it’s hard. Because the consequences just go sky high when you go upside down. That’s the secret of the sport, 90% is in the head. Because most people get scared for certain stuff and you need to learn how to deal with your fear and how to get over it. I can’t explain how I do it, It’s like a switch off.
People ask me like: “You get injured so much and it doesn’t bother you?”. Sure it bothers me, but I’m used to that, having blue spots everyday and a broken arm here, a broken leg there. It’s part of the game! But then with time you have constant pain. So, you know, I’m not gonna do this for long anymore. And I think about that more. I will probably take over the restaurant of my dad in the future. It’s next to a playground for kids in Berlin, so all the families drink their coffee there in the morning. You know, I grew up there, I have so many memories there, I know everybody, it’s like a big family for me.
My dad is so proud of where I am now. He has pictures of me with him in his bag all the time, and he always shows them to his customers. He put me on the right path. He’s the smartest person I know. He’s like pushing me to the right direction without me noticing it most of the time. Like his advices, small ones which you can’t really point out at the first place but a few years later you realise that there was like a bigger thing behind it. Without him I wouldn’t be where I am today.”
(Plainpalais | original English)
Note: I met Freddy in September 2021 when Cirque Knie was in Geneva. Discover his world and follow his performances on his Instagram account: @freddypeters420