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.


  • Albert Bogen (Albert Bógathy) (1882-1961), saber fencer, Olympic silver
  • Siegfried "Fritz" Flesch (1872-1939), sabre fencer, Olympic bronze
  • Dr. Otto Herschmann (1877-1942), saber fencer, Olympic silver; 100-m freestyle in swimming, Olympic silver
  • Ellen Preis (1912-2007), 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 has produced two Formula One champions, Jochen Rindt and Niki Lauda. The following is a list of drivers.


The Bundesliga is Austria's professional football league. Among its better-known clubs are Red Bull Salzburg, Rapid Wien and Sturm Graz. Below is a list of football players from Austria.


Below is a partial list of hockey people from Austria.


On 5 of the 14 Eight-thousanders, Austrians have made the first ascent, more than any other nation. Below is a partial list of mountaineers from Austria.




Renate Götschl in 2006.

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


Table tennis[edit]


In recent years Austria's presence on the international tennis scene has grown significantly. The national teams on the Davis and Federation cups have achieved improved rankings. Austria has also produced a former world number one and French Open champion in Thomas Muster. Below is a list of prominent Austrian tennis players.

Sybille Bammer



  • Mickey Hirschl, wrestler, 2x Olympic bronze (heavyweight freestyle and Greco-Roman)
  • Fred Oberlander, wrestler; world champion (freestyle heavyweight)

Other notables in sport[edit]

Georg Totschnig
Arnold Schwarzenegger


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