UYN’s most successful team comes from Austria. The 21 athletes which make up the Österreichischer Skiverband [Austrian Ski Federation] (ÖSV)’s national team include Olympic champions, world champions and Ski World Cup record holders. In the form of short profiles, we shall introduce six stars who will be heading to the starting line this season in functional underwear from UYN:
Marcel Hirscher is one of the most successful ski racers of all times. His main disciplines are slalom and giant slalom skiing, but the 29-year-old from Salzburg has also attained top positions in super-G and super combined. Hirscher was the first to win the overall world cup seven times – which he did in a row. Additionally, he has ten world cup discipline standings wins and six world championship titles under his belt. After Ingemar Stenmark, Hirscher is the best world cup racer of all times. He has achieved the second-most men’s world cup victories and world cup podium places. He won gold in giant slalom and combined at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, and silver in slalom at the 2014 winter games in Sochi.
26-year-old ÖSV slalom and giant slalom specialist Manuel Feller celebrated his breakthrough at the world championships in St. Moritz. The skier from Fieberbrunn achieved second place in slalom. Feller is considered the rock star of the Österreichischer Skiverband (ÖSV) team. His trademark: he dyes his moustache bright colours for competitions. In keeping with his vice world champion status, he dyed it silver in 2017. He achieved his first Olympic success in 2018 in Pyeongchang: a silver medal in the team classification.
Another star in the Austrian skiing scene is Matthias Mayer. The 28-year-old has already won two gold medals at the Winter Olympics: one at Sochi in 2014 in downhill skiing and the second in Pyeongchang in 2018 in super-G. Olympic potential is in his blood: he is the son of Olympic medal winner Helmut Mayer. Matthias Mayer also impresses on the world cup level with his good performances. He has five victories in downhill skiing and super-G under his belt.
The ÖSV women are also among the strongest athletes in the world of skiing
Anna Veith (née Fenninger) is an all-round talent. The 29-year-old from Hallein races in all disciplines. Her greatest Ski World Cup victories to date are those which she celebrated in the 2013/14 and 2014/15 seasons, where she won the overall world cups. What’s more, she won gold in super-G and silver in giant slalom at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, as well as silver in super-G in Pyeongchang in 2018. She has also won three world championship titles throughout her career. Veith is fighting her way back to the top following a serious knee injury in October 2015.
Bernadette Schild comes from a family which loves to ski. Her older brother Josef belonged to the ÖSV squad. Her own special disciplines are slalom and giant slalom. The 28-year-old from Zell am See has celebrated her greatest successes to date in the Ski World Cup in slalom, with a total of five podium positions. She took seventh place in the 2018 Olympic Games in Pyeongchang.
Nicole Schmidhofer will primarily begin this world cup season in the disciplines of downhill skiing and super-G. The 29-year-old from Friesach won gold in super-G at the 2017 World Ski Championships in St. Moritz – the greatest success of her career to date. She achieved four podium positions in super-G and downhill skiing at the Ski World Cup. She won 12th place in downhill skiing and 18th place in super-G at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.