Matthias MAYER

Austria AUT

Alpine Skiing

  • Olympic Medals
    2 G
  • Games participations
    2
  • First Olympic Games
    Sochi 2014
  • Year of Birth
    1990
Olympic Results

Biography

Matthias MAYER

Austria's Matthias Mayer, a skier with great technical finesse, did not have a single World Cup title to his name when, aged 23, he became Olympic downhill champion at Sochi 2014. At PyeongChang, four years later, he repeated his achievement, beating the Norwegian favourites to take gold in the super-G.

Olympic dynasty

Matthias Mayer embodies the Olympic spirit perfectly. The skier from Carinthia, born on 9 June 1990 in Afritz am See, performed faultlessly at the Games to enter the Olympic record books alongside the biggest names in Austrian skiing. A hugely talented athlete, he is the son of Helmut Mayer, a former Olympian who won the silver medal in super-G at the 1988 Games in Calgary, behind Frenchman Frank Piccard.

Gold in downhill... specialist in super-G

During the 2014 Sochi Games, Matthias was one of the outsiders for the downhill contested at Rosa Khutor on 9 February. On a very winding course, his abilities as a super-G specialist proved invaluable, and his highly fluid style, combined with his compact stature (179cm), allowed him to cross the line finish line a hair's breadth ahead of two other super-G specialists, Italian Christoph Innerhofer (by 0.06 seconds) and Norwegian Kjetil Jansrud (by 0.10 seconds). Matthias became the seventh Austrian to win the Olympic downhill and the first since Fritz Strobl in 2002. Given his young age, he immediately entered the record books among the greats of downhill skiing, a highly prized discipline in his country. This victory was in fact Matthias’ first major international success. He had previously mounted the World Cup podium just twice, first a year earlier in Kitzbühel with silver in the super-G, then for another silver in the downhill at Beaver Creek in December 2013.

Highs, lows and injuries

The post-Olympic period brought a succession of highs and lows. First, in March 2014, immediately after his victory in Sochi, Matthias won his first World Cup race by dominating on the difficult downhill course at Lenzerheide during the World Cup finals. But the following season began with a knee injury sustained in training. After several difficult weeks, he returned to winning form again in Saalbach with a downhill/super-G double. His 2015-2016 season ended prematurely after a heavy fall during the downhill in Val Gardena on 19 December 2015. The Austrian landed on his back and broke two vertebrae, despite his airbag inflating, which no doubt prevented an even more serious injury. He was then out of action for months.

Olympic Results

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Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

PyeongChang 2018

#9
Downhill
Downhill Alpine Skiing
G
Super G
Super G Alpine Skiing
#AC
Super Combined
Super Combined Alpine Skiing
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Sochi 2014

G
Downhill
Downhill Alpine Skiing
#AC
Super G
Super G Alpine Skiing
#6
Giant Slalom
Giant Slalom Alpine Skiing
#13
Super Combined
Super Combined Alpine Skiing