|Nationality||Austrian / German|
25 August 1982|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) (2012)|
|Weight||145 kg (320 lb) (2012)|
|Coached by||Frank Mantek, Michael Vater|
|Achievements and titles|
As a native Austrian, he competed for Austria internationally from 1998 to 2005, in European Championships, World Championships, and the 2004 Summer Olympics. From 2002 to 2005 he was four times Austrian National Champion in the +105 kg category, and holds Austrian records in the −105 kg and +105 kg categories. In 2005, Steiner left the Austrian weightlifting federation, and married a German woman.
Although his wife died in a car accident, he continued his weightlifting career in Germany, eventually received German citizenship in early 2008, won overall silver at the 2008 European Championships, and the gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics.
Early and personal life
Matthias Steiner was born in Vienna, Austria. He hails from Obersulz in Lower Austria, where he attended Volksschule (primary school), then Hauptschule (secondary school). Steiner completed an apprenticeship in plumbing.
He started weightlifting in 1995. His father, Friedrich Steiner, a 20-time IWF-Masters World Weightlifting Champion, also ranks first on the IWF 2008 Hall of Fame Survey of Leading Master Lifters.
Since an untreated infection Steiner suffers from diabetes, diagnosed at his 18th birthday. Before the diagnosis, the first symptom was an intense thirst, then he lost appetite, and 5 kilograms (11 lb) of bodyweight within three months. He went to the doctor when his sight deteriorated.
In 2004, a German woman from Zwickau in Saxony had watched Steiner participating in weightlifting contests on TV. She kept asking the Eurosport commentators for his email address, until they gave it to her. She contacted Steiner, and he agreed to meet her in Lower Austria. They married shortly thereafter and hence he moved to Germany, where he then applied for German citizenship.
On 16 July 2007, his wife, Susann, died in a car accident. Despite the tragic loss, and after losing 7 kilograms (15 lb) or 8 kilograms (18 lb) of bodyweight, he was able to continue his training.
Steiner participated in the 1998 and 1999 European Junior Championships, and the 2000 Junior World Championships.
At the 2001 European Junior Championships in Kalmar, Sweden he won bronze in the −105 kg category, with 360 kg (165 kg and 195 kg). At that time he competed for the AC Woge Bregenz weightlifting club. At the 2002 European Junior Championships in Havířov, Czech Republic he won bronze again in the −105 kg category, with 380 kg (172.5 kg and 207.5 kg).
Steiner won the Austrian National Championships in the +105 kg category in 2002 with a total of 370 kg, and in 2003 with a total of 390 kg.
He won the 2004 Austrian National Championships in the +105 kg category with a total of 400 kg.
Steiner continued to increase his performance; at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens he competed for Austria, and lifted 405 kg (182.5 kg and 222.5 kg) and went into 7th place in the -105 kg category.
Steiner won the 2005 Austrian National Championships in the +105 kg category with a total of 382.5 kg.
Until 2005 he competed regularly in World Championships and European Championships for Austria. In 2005, the Austrian national coach was replaced against Steiners will, which caused tension between Steiner and the Austrian weightlifting federation. He kept the coach as personal coach, who however did not get accredited for the 2005 European Championships in Sofia.
Steiner also could no longer keep his body weight below 105 kilograms (231 lb), and bulked up for the +105 kg category. The 2005 European Championships were his first event in the new weight category.
At the European Championships, a lot went wrong and Steiner failed three snatch attempts. He had to compete in the B-group, because the European Weightlifting Federation did not accept the announced starting weights. After warming up he disagreed with the national coach concerning the starting weight, and time ran out on the first attempt. The Austrian national coach, together with other functionaries, accused Steiner of deliberate failure, which Steiner denied. As a consequence, he left the Austrian weightlifting federation.
During the three years that Steiner applied for German citizenship, he was not allowed to compete in international competitions. At the 2007 European Championships he was co-commentator with Marc Huster for Eurosport. Since moving to Germany he competes for the Chemnitzer AC weightlifting club, and is their team captain in the German weightlifting league. Steiner trains in the German Federal Weightlifting Center in Leimen near Heidelberg, with German national coach Frank Mantek.
At the 2008 European Championships in Lignano Sabbiadoro, Italy in the over 105 kg category he was the only lifter to snatch 200 kg, winning gold. In clean and jerk he won bronze with a personal best of 246 kg. All his six attempts were successful. With a total result of 446 kg he won overall silver behind Viktors Ščerbatihs from Latvia, who lifted 447 kg.
The biggest success of Steiner's career came in August 2008, when he won the gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics. After World record holder Hossein Rezazadeh had retired in July 2008, the event turned into a close competition between Steiner, Evgeny Chigishev, and the tournament favorite, European and World champion Viktors Ščerbatihs.
During the Olympic competition, Steiner failed in his third snatch attempt, and with 203 kg ranked fourth after the snatch. Ščerbatihs was in position to take the lead in the clean and jerk, but failed in his second attempt. Steiner also failed in his first clean and jerk attempt, and Chigishev took the lead with 250 kg in the clean and jerk. Ščerbatihs failed in his third attempt, which would have forced Steiner to increase his last attempt to 258 kg in order to win gold. With a successful clean and jerk of 258 kg, and a total of 461 kg, Steiner became an Olympic gold medalist.
In January 2009, Steiner was operated on for an inguinal hernia. He had to pull out of competing at the 2009 Arnold Sports Festival in March, nevertheless was part of the German delegation at the event and met with Arnold Schwarzenegger.
At the 2010 European Championships he ranked third with a total of 426 kg.
In the 2012 London Olympics weightlifting competition Steiner was injured during the snatch portion of the competition when he attempted to pull 196 kg but was hit in the neck by the barbell. While not seriously hurt, Steiner had to abandon the competition as a result of his injury. He announced his retirement from competitive weightlifting in March 2013.
|Date||Tournament||Venue||Weight category||Snatch||Rank||Clean and jerk||Rank||Overall||Rank|
|2001-04-28||European Championships||Trenčín, Slovakia||−94 kg||150.0 kg||15th||175.0 kg||15th||325.0 kg||16th|
|2002-04-25||European Championships||Antalya, Turkey||+105 kg||172.5 kg||12th||207.5 kg||11th||380 kg||11th|
|2002-11-23||World Championships||Warsaw, Poland||−105 kg||180.0 kg||12th||215.0 kg||12th||395.0 kg||12th|
|2003-04-18||European Championships||Loutraki, Greece||−105 kg||180.0 kg||8th||212.5 kg||9th||392.5 kg||8th|
|2003-11-17||World Championships||Vancouver, Canada||−105 kg||182.5 kg||9th||220.0 kg||6th||402.5 kg||7th|
|2004-04-24||European Championships||Kiev, Ukraine||−105 kg||180.0 kg||10th||225.0 kg||5th||405.0 kg||7th|
|2004-08-15||Olympic Games||Athens, Greece||−105 kg||182.5 kg||–||222.5 kg||–||405.0 kg||7th|
|2005-04-22||European Championships||Sofia, Bulgaria||+105 kg||–||–||–||–||–||DNF|
|2008-04-14||European Championships||Lignano S., Italy||+105 kg||200.0 kg||1st||246.0 kg||3rd||446.0 kg||2nd|
|2008-08-19||Olympic Games||Beijing, China||+105 kg||203.0 kg||–||258.0 kg||–||461.0 kg||1st|
|2010-04-11||European Championships||Minsk, Belarus||+105 kg||190.0 kg||4th||236.0 kg||2nd||426.0 kg||3rd|
|Year||Country||Weight category||Snatch||Rank||Clean and jerk||Rank||Overall||Rank|
|2002||Austria||+105 kg||167.5 kg||1st||202.5 kg||1st||370.0 kg||1st|
|2003||Austria||+105 kg||175.0 kg||1st||215.0 kg||1st||390.0 kg||1st|
|2004||Austria||+105 kg||177.5 kg||1st||222.5 kg||1st||400.0 kg||1st|
|2005||Austria||+105 kg||172.5 kg||1st||210.0 kg||1st||382.5 kg||1st|
|2009||Germany||+105 kg||190.0 kg||2nd||240.0 kg||1st||430.0 kg||1st|
Steiner holds Austrian records in the −105 kg and +105 kg categories.
In 2008, Steiner signed a four-year contract with marketing company "movie & more" in Cologne. Previously, he was supported by Stiftung Deutsche Sporthilfe and his weightlifting club Chemnitzer AC. The Bundeswehr, while supporting other German weightlifters, did not admit Steiner because of his diabetes.
Apart from sports events, where he participated in or commented on weightlifting competitions, Steiner also appeared on a number of talk shows and game shows in Germany and Austria, including Wetten, dass..? and Die Millionenshow (Austrian Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, Celebrity Special Edition).
- Goldenes Ehrenzeichen für Verdienste um die Republik Österreich (Austria)
- Silbernes Lorbeerblatt (Germany)
- 2008 German Weightlifter of the Year
- 2008 Bambi award, category Sports
- 2008 German Sportspersonality of the year – Steiner was the first weightlifter to receive this award.
- 2008 IWF World Weightlifting Lifter of the Year
- Branch, John (2008-08-20). "Heavy on Emotion". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-12-10.
- "Steiner: "In Deutschland arbeiten Profis"". LAOLA1.at (in German). 2008-08-20. Retrieved 2008-08-26.
- "Matthias Steiner – Das Interview" (in German). diabetes-world.net. Archived from the original on 2008-09-24. Retrieved 2008-08-27.
- "Matthias Steiner: Seine Geheimnisse" (in German). Abendzeitung. 2008-12-22. Archived from the original on 2009-01-01. Retrieved 2009-01-08.
- "Hall of Fame Survey (revised 13-Sep-2008)". IWF-Masters Weightlifting. Archived from the original on 2008-09-08. Retrieved 2009-01-08.
- Kelnberger, Josef (2008-08-19). "461 Kilo – für seine Frau" (in German). Süddeutsche Zeitung. Retrieved 2008-08-25.
- Voigt, Benedikt (2008-08-19). "Matthias Steiner hebt Gold – für Deutschland und seine verstorbene Frau" (in German). Der Tagesspiegel. Retrieved 2008-08-25.
- Simeoni, Evi (2007-08-06). "Die Hantel als Halt" (in German). Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Retrieved 2008-08-13.
- "Suspended sentence for driver who killed wife of German Olympic gold medalist". CBS News. Associated Press. 2008-12-03. Retrieved 2008-12-12.
- "BALL DES SPORTS: Steiner und Posmyk im Blitzlichtgewitter" (in German). Der Spiegel. 2009-02-07. Retrieved 2009-02-09.
- "Inge Posmyk und Matthias Steiner: Hochzeit in Sicht?" (in German). Hamburger Abendblatt. 2009-02-08. Retrieved 2010-01-30.
- "Matthias Steiner hat heimlich geheiratet" (in German). Die Welt. 2010-01-23. Retrieved 2010-01-30.[dead link]
- "Steiner Matthias (SAS)". IAT Weightlifting Database.
- "Staatsmeister seit 1973" (in German). Austrian Weightlifting Federation. Archived from the original (xls) on 2011-07-23. Retrieved 2008-12-18.
- "STEINER Matthias". International Weightlifting Federation. Archived from the original on 2008-09-19.
- "ÖGV und Steiner". LAOLA1.at (in German). 2008-08-20. Retrieved 2008-08-27.
- "Matthias Steiner sorgt bei EM für Eklat". ORF Sport (in German). Archived from the original on August 25, 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-25.
- Bürger, Hilmar. "EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS – REPORT 3: ENGLISH". ELEIKO Equipment AB, International Weightlifting Agency Berlin (IWA). Archived from the original on September 15, 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-12.
- Datler, Markku (2008-04-21). "Gewichtheben: Wenn ein starker Mann in Österreich verkannt wird" (in German). Die Presse. Retrieved 2008-08-13.
- "Unser Team – Sportler der Bundesligamannschaft" (in German). Chemnitzer Athleten Club e.V. Archived from the original on 2008-09-19. Retrieved 2008-08-27.
- "2008 Invitational Tournament Beijing". The Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad. Archived from the original on 2008-08-25. Retrieved 2008-08-26.
- "STEINER Matthias". International Weightlifting Federation. Archived from the original on 2008-09-19.
- "Weightlifting Results Men's +105kg". BOCOG. Archived from the original on 2008-08-24. Retrieved 2008-12-10.
- "Video – Emotional Steiner lifts weightlifting gold". BBC Sport. 2008-08-19. Retrieved 2008-08-20.
- Judd, Ron (2008-08-20). "A touching Olympic moment that wasn't to be missed". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 2008-12-10.
- "German weightlifter Matthias Steiner has just undergone surgery". BOCOG. 2009-02-05. Retrieved 2009-03-12.
- "Olympiasieger Steiner an der Leiste operiert" (in German). Focus. 2009-01-30. Retrieved 2009-02-09.
- "German Weightlifters Up for the Arnold". BOCOG. 2009-03-05. Retrieved 2009-03-12.
- "Weightlifting: Arnold Schwarzenegger & Steiner Meet". BOCOG. 2009-03-10. Retrieved 2009-03-12.
- "Eisen und andere Lasten" (in German). Süddeutsche Zeitung. 2009-10-25. Retrieved 2010-01-31.
- Defending champion Matthias Steiner of Germany hit in the neck by the barbell, unable to continue
- "Weightlifting News - Matthias Steiner Ends Career". Allthingsgym.com. 2013-03-22. Retrieved 2015-03-18.
- "Olympiasieger im Gewichtheben - Mehr Sport - sportschau.de". Wayback.archive.org. Archived from the original on 2013-03-24. Retrieved 2015-03-18.
- RTL German TV channel
- "Rekorde: Allgemeine Klasse Männer" (in German). Austrian Weightlifting Federation. Archived from the original on 2008-11-20. Retrieved 2008-12-18.
- "Olympia-Sieger Matthias Steiner bei movie & more" (in German). Retrieved 2008-12-06.[dead link]
- "Sportler des Monats: Goldmedaillengewinner im Gewichtheben Matthias Steiner im Gespräch" (in German). Stiftung Deutsche Sporthilfe. 2008-09-08. Retrieved 2008-12-06.
- "OLYMPIAN – Wednesday August 20, 2008". China Daily. 2008-08-20. Retrieved 2008-12-12.
- "Steiners Schicksal rührt Millionen" (in German). Frankfurter Rundschau. Deutsche Presse-Agentur. 2008-08-20. Archived from the original on 2011-07-16. Retrieved 2008-12-12.
- Matthias Steiner on IMDb
- "Sportstaatssekretär Lopatka: Nach Gold in Peking Goldenes Ehrenzeichen für Matthias Steiner" (in German). Bundespressedienst. 2008-10-03. Retrieved 2008-12-03.
- "Austria's homage to German Olympic medallist Matthias Steiner". BOCOG. 2009-03-04. Retrieved 2009-03-12.
- "Helden von Peking geehrt" (in German). n-tv. 2008-11-20. Retrieved 2008-12-03.
- "Steiner als "Gewichtheber des Jahres" gefeiert" (in German). Focus. 2008-11-29. Retrieved 2008-12-03.
- Kost, Maikka (2008-11-27). "Ein stiller Star ist der Held des Abends" (in German). Badische Zeitung. Retrieved 2008-12-03.
- "Swimmer Steffen, weightlifter Steiner win German sports award". Deutsche Welle. 2008-12-22. Archived from the original on 2012-07-29. Retrieved 2008-12-22.
- "2008 Lifters of the Year: Liu Chunhong and Matthias Steiner". International Sports Press Association. 2009-02-17. Retrieved 2009-03-12.
- Athlete Biography at beijing2008
| German Sportsman of the Year