Olympics The Best Olympic Athletes from Austria  

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This is a list of the greatest Olympic athletes from Austria, with photos when available. These are the best Austrian Olympians of all time who have had the honor of representing their country at the prestigious Olympic games. Austrian athletes from every era all have their place in the Olympic history books, but which Austrian Olympian is the best of them all? You can decide who the greatest Olympic competitor from Austria is by how many medals they took back to their country, but that isn't the only factor that comes into play when considering who the best really is.

This list has a variety of athletes in it, from Dominik Landertinger to Ingemar Walder.

America, Russia and Great Britain have the most Olympic medals out of every country that has been represented in the Olympics, but it doesn't mean that Olympic competitors from other nations don't deserve accolades as well. Vote for your favorite Austria Olympic athletes on this list, and downvote the ones that you don't think had a huge impact on Austria. If you really enjoyed this list of best Austrian Olympic athletes, you'll also love this list of best Olympic athletes from Russia.

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Marcel Hirscher is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Austria
Men's Slalom Marcel Hirscher is an alpine skier.

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Hermann Maier is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Austria
Alpine skiing - Men's giant slalom, Men's Super-G Hermann Maier, known as the Herminator, is a former World Cup champion alpine ski racer and Olympic gold medalist from Austria. Born in Altenmarkt im Pongau in Salzburg, Maier ranks among the ...more

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Benjamin Raich is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Austria
Men's Slalom, Alpine skiing - Men's giant slalom, Men's Combined Benjamin Raich is a champion World Cup alpine ski racer and Olympic gold medalist from Austria. With 14 medals won at Winter Olympics and World Championships, 36 World Cup race victories, one ...more

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Anna Fenninger is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Austria
Women's Super-G, Women's Giant Slalom Anna Fenninger is an alpine skier.

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Gregor Schlierenzauer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Austria
Men's Team Large Hill, Men's Individual Normal Hill, Men's Individual Large Hill Gregor Schlierenzauer, is an Austrian ski jumper. He began his senior career in 2005–06 with one win and three additional podiums in the Ski Jumping Grand Prix, and made his World Cup debut in ...more

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Thomas Morgenstern is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Austria
Men's Team Large Hill, Men's Large hill individual Thomas Morgenstern is an Austrian former ski jumper. He is one of the most successful contemporary ski jumpers, having won the World Cup twice; the Four Hills Tournament and the Nordic ...more

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Heidi Krings is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Austria
Heidi Krings is a professional snowboarder.

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Doresia Krings is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Austria
Doresia Krings is a professional snowboarder.

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Marlies Schild is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Austria
Women's Slalom, Women's Combined Marlies Schild is a retired Austrian World Cup alpine ski racer. She specializes in the technical disciplines of slalom and giant slalom. She has won four Olympic medals, with silvers in the ...more

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Hannes Reichelt is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Austria
Johannes "Hannes" Reichelt is an Austrian World Cup alpine ski racer. He competes in Downhill, Super G, Giant Slalom, and Combined. Born in Altenmarkt im Pongau in Salzburg, Reichelt ...more

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Dominik Landertinger is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Austria
Men's 4x7.5 km Relay Dominik Landertinger is an Austrian biathlete. He debuted in the 2007/2008 season, and his big breakthrough came during the 2008/2009 season, where he, as of 6 March 2014, has eleven podium ...more

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Renate Götschl is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Austria
Women's Combined, Women's Downhill Renate Götschl is a former champion alpine ski racer. She is a two-time individual World Champion in the combined and downhill, and has won a total of 9 World Championships medals. She also ...more

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Markus Schiegl is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Austria
Markus Schiegl is an Austrian luger who has competed from 1987 to 2010. He won fourteen medals at the FIL World Luge Championships with five golds, five silvers, and four bronzes. Schiegl ...more

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Heidi Neururer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Austria
Heidi Neururer is a professional snowboarder from Austria. Her speciality is the Parallel Slalom.

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Toni Sailer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Austria
Shirley Tessle added Men's Downhill, Men's Slalom, Alpine skiing - Men's giant slalom Anton Engelbert "Toni" Sailer was an Austrian alpine ski racer, considered among the best in the sport. At age 20, he won all three gold medals in alpine skiing at the 1956 Winter ...more

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Andreas Kofler is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Austria
Men's Team Large Hill, Men's Large hill individual Andreas Kofler is an Austrian ski jumper, competing for the Austrian Ski Federation.

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Felix Gottwald is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Austria
Individual Gundersen, Men's Nordic Combined Sprint, Men's Nordic Combined Felix Gottwald is an Austrian Nordic combined athlete who competed from 1994 to 2007 and then returned to compete in 2009. He is 5 ft 10 in, weighing 150 lb. Gottwald made his Olympic debut as ...more

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Fritz Strobl is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Austria
Men's Downhill Fritz Strobl is a former World Cup alpine ski racer. Strobl was the gold medalist in the downhill at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. In his final season, he was the silver medalist ...more

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Daniel Mesotitsch is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Austria
Men's 4x7.5 km Relay Daniel Mesotitsch is an Austrian biathlete, the winter sport that combines cross-country skiing and rifle shooting. He was born in Villach, Kärnten, Austria. His height is 181 cm and weight

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Veronika Halder is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Austria
Veronika Halder is an Austrian luger who has competed since 2000. She won four medals at the FIL European Luge Championships with two silvers and two bronzes. Halder competed in two Winter ...more

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Wolfgang Linger is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Austria
Doubles Wolfgang Linger is an Austrian retired luger who has competed internationally since 2000. As young children, he and his older brother Andreas learned to luge on a former Olympic luge track, and ...more

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Andrea Fischbacher is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Austria
Women's Super-G Andrea Fischbacher is a World Cup alpine ski racer from Austria. Born in Schwarzach im Pongau, Salzburg, Fischbacher now lives in Eben im Pongau. She made her World Cup debut in March 2004 in ...more

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Doris Günther is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Austria
Doris Günther is a professional snowboarder.

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Klaus Kröll is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Austria
Klaus Kroell is an alpine skier.

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Eva-Maria Brem is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Austria
Eva-Maria Brem is an alpine skier.  

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Mario Stecher is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Austria
Men's Team Relay Mario Stecher is an Austrian Nordic combined skier who has competed since 1994. Competing in five Winter Olympics, he won three medals in the 4 x 5 km team event with two golds and a bronze. ...more

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Elisabeth Görgl is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Austria
Women's Downhill, Women's Giant Slalom Elisabeth Görgl is a World Cup alpine ski racer from Austria. Born in Bruck an der Mur, Styria, Görgl made her World Cup debut in March 2000 and has reached World Cup podiums in all ...more

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Mario Matt is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Austria
Mario Matt is a Austrian former World Cup alpine ski racer and Olympic gold medalist. He is widely considered as one of the best slalom skiers of all time. Born in Flirsch, Tyrol, Matt made his ...more

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Christoph Sumann is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Austria
Men's 4x7.5 km Relay, Men's 12.5 km Pursuit Christoph "Sumi" Sumann is a retired Austrian biathlete. As many fellow biathletes Sumann picked up the sport switching from cross-country skiing he had been doing since childhood. By ...more

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Siegfried Grabner is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Austria
Men's Parallel Giant Slalom Siegfried Grabner is an Austrian professional snowboarder. At the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy he won bronze in the Parallel Giant Slalom competition. Having won the Junior World ...more

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Christoph Bieler is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Austria
Christoph Bieler is an Austrian athlete competing in Nordic combined who has competed since 1996. Competing in four Winter Olympics, he won two medals in the 4 x 5 km team event with a gold in ...more

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Andreas Matt is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Austria
Men's Ski Cross Andreas Matt is an Austrian freestyle skier who specializes in the skicross discipline. He is the brother of alpine skiers Mario Matt and Michael Matt. He made his World Cup debut in January ...more

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Mirna Jukić is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Austria
Women's 100m breaststroke Mirna Jukić is a retired Austrian swimmer of Croatian origin who won a bronze medal in both short course and long course at the world championships in swimming. She is trained by her father ...more

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Tobias Schiegl is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Austria
Tobias Schiegl is an Austrian luger who competed from 1993 to 2010. He won fourteen medals at the FIL World Luge Championships with five golds, five silvers, and four bronzes. He competes in ...more

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Kathrin Zettel is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Austria
Kathrin Zettel is an Austrian World Cup alpine ski racer. Born in Scheibbs, Lower Austria, and from Göstling, she competes primarily in the technical events of Giant slalom and slalom. ...more

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Reinfried Herbst is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Austria
Men's Slalom Reinfried Herbst is a slalom skier from Austria. Herbst won the silver medal for the men's slalom event at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy. On 11 March 2006 he won his first World Cup ...more

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Daniel Pfister is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Austria
Daniel Pfister is an Austrian luger who has competed since 2003. He won three medals at the FIL World Luge Championships with a silver . Pfister also won a bronze in the men's singles event at ...more

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Christian Hoffmann is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Austria
Men's 50km freestyle, Men's 30 km freestyle mass start Christian Hoffmann is a former Austrian cross-country skier who competed since 1994. He won the bronze medal in the 50km at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano. Four years later at the 2002 ...more

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Wolfgang Loitzl is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Austria
Men's Team Large Hill Wolfgang "Wuff" Loitzl is an Austrian former ski jumper who competed from 1997 to 2014. He won seven medals at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships with six golds and one bronze. He ...more

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Wolfgang Kindl is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Austria
← Wolfgang Kindl is an Austrian luger who has competed since 2007. At the FIL European Luge Championships 2010 in Sigulda, he won silver medals in the men's singles and mixed team events. ...more

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Andreas Linger is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Austria
Doubles Andreas Linger is an Austrian retired luger who has competed internationally since 2000. He and his younger brother Wolfgang began luging at a very young age, and did their first doubles run ...more

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Bernhard Gruber is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Austria
Men's Team Relay, Men's Individual (LH/10km) Bernhard Gruber is an Austrian Nordic combined skier who has competed since 2000.

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Claudia Riegler is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Austria
Claudia Riegler is a snowboarder from Austria. She competed for Austria at the 2010 Winter Olympics in parallel giant slalom, finishing seventh. Riegler later captured silver and bronze medals ...more

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Andreas Prommegger is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Austria
Andreas Prommegger is a professional snowboarder from Austria. His speciality is the Parallel Slalom.

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Anton Unterkofler is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Austria
Anton Unterkofler is an Austrian snowboarder, specializing in Alpine snowboarding. Unterkofler competed at the 2014 Winter Olympics for Austria. He placed 22nd in qualifying for the parallel ...more

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Miriam Ziegler is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Austria
Miriam Ziegler is an Austrian figure skater. As a single skater, she is a two-time Austrian national champion and competed at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. In 2013, she began competing in pair ...more

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Mario Scheiber is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Austria
Mario Scheiber is an Austrian skier competing in all World Cup disciplines apart from slalom. He first started in a World Cup race on March 15, 2003 in Lillehammer. However, it was not until ...more

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Michaela Kirchgasser is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Austria
Michaela Kirchgasser is a World Cup alpine ski racer from Austria. Born in Schwarzach im Pongau, Salzburg, she races in all five disciplines and specializes in the technical events of slalom and ...more

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Manuela Riegler is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Austria
Manuela Riegler is a professional snowboarder.

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Nicole Schmidhofer is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Austria
Nicole Schmidhofer is an alpine skier.