List of Austrian sportspeople

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Despite its relatively small population Austria has produced many great athletes in several sports including Skiing, Formula One, Mountaineering and Tennis. Below is a list of Austrian athletes organized by sport.

Fencing[edit]

  • Albert Bogen (Albert Bógathy), saber fencer, Olympic silver
  • Siegfried "Fritz" Flesch, sabre fencer, Olympic bronze
  • Dr. Otto Herschmann, saber fencer, Olympic silver; 100-m freestyle in swimming, Olympic silver
  • Ellen Preis, foil fencer, 3-time world champion (1947, 1949, and 1950), Olympic champion, 17-time Austrian champion

Formula One[edit]

Alexander Wurz at the 2007 Malaysian Grand Prix
Niki Lauda in 1976

Austria is a country with a very rich history in motor racing. Austria has produced two great formula one champions in Jochen Rindt and Niki Lauda, plus Gerhard Berger, one of the most enduring stars of his time. There is consistently at least one Austrian driver in formula one and Austrian team Red Bull Racing is currently enjoying success in the sport. Unfortunately several drivers have suffered severe injuries and/or died in the sport. For this reason many say[who?] that Austria could have had more success if it were not for their bad luck.

Football[edit]

Like many European countries football is a popular pastime in Austria. Austria has its own professional football league, the Bundesliga. The defending champion is Red Bull Salzburg. The league also includes the famous clubs Rapid Wien and Sturm Graz. FIFA currently ranks Austria's international men's team 77th and women's team 44th. Below is a list of football players from Austria.

Hockey[edit]

Austria has had significant success in the sport of hockey. The IIHF currently ranks the men's team 17th and the women's team 20th. Below is a partial list of hockey players from Austria.

Mountaineering[edit]

Being a mountainous country, it is no surprise that Austria is home to some of the greatest and most recognizable mountaineers of all time. On 5 of all 14 Eight-thousanders Austrians have made the first ascent, more than any other nation can clame. There are also several mountains throughout the world in which Austrians have made the first accent. Below is a partial list of Mountaineers from Austria.

Skiing[edit]

Renate Götschl in 2006.

Throughout history Austria has been the birthplace of many great skiers. Austria is 5th in the all time winter Olympics medal count and has won more alpine skiing world cups then any other nation (both individually and nationally). Below is a list of famous skiers from Austria.

Swimming[edit]

Tennis[edit]

In recent years Austria's presence on the international tennis scene has grown significantly. The national teams on the davis and fed cup have climbed rapidly and many new stars are rising. Austria's Davis Cup team is currently ranked 16th while their Fed Cup team is doing very well in 7th. Austria has also produced a former world number one and French Open champion in Thomas Muster. Below is a list of Austrian Tennis Players.

Sybille Bammer

Other notables[edit]

Georg Totschnig

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Diving into troubled waters", Paul Kalina, The Age, November 24, 2005, Retrieved January 1, 2011