Mario Stecher in Seefeld 2018
|birthday||17th July 1977|
|place of birth||Iron ore|
|End of career||February 27, 2015|
|Placements in the World Cup|
|Debut in the World Cup||December 4, 1993
|World Cup victories (individual)||12 ( details )|
|Overall World Cup||2. ( 1997/98 )|
|last change: April 28, 2019|
Stecher started for WSV Eisenerz and was on the ÖSV team from 1991 to 2015. He is known among the combiners as a strong jumper. In the junior division he won gold in singles and bronze with the team at the Junior World Championships in 1994 in Breitenwang . At the Junior World Championships in 1995 in Gällivare , Sweden , he was world champion with the Austrian team and won silver in the individual.
On December 4, 1993, Stecher made his debut in the World Cup and finished in 7th place. In his second race he celebrated his first of twelve World Cup victories so far, making him the youngest winner at the legendary Holmenkollen in 1994 at the age of 16 .
Stecher took part in six Olympic Games, in 1994 in Lillehammer , 1998 in Nagano (4th place team, 8th place individual), 2002 in Salt Lake City (bronze with the team, 6th place in individual), in Turin 2006 (gold with the team) and in Vancouver 2010 (gold with the team). At the relay competition in Turin in 2006, Stecher was Austria's final runner. He managed to intercept the leading German Jens Gaiser - who was a good jumper, but weaker on the trail -. In Vancouver 2010 Mario Stecher succeeded in defending the Turin title again as the final runner. At the Nordic World Ski Championships in Oslo in 2011 , Stecher won the gold medal with the team on both the normal and the large hill. In both competitions he went back to the trail as the final runner and delivered a sprint to the finish against the German Tino Edelmann . Both times, Stecher prevailed by a few centimeters. At the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi , where he led the Austrian team as the flag bearer , he won the bronze medal in the team competition. On February 27, 2015, Mario Stecher announced the end of his career as part of the Nordic World Ski Championships in Falun , for which he was not included in the ÖSV roster.
In 2015 Mario Stecher published the book Persistent Success .
Stecher has been married to the former ski racer Carina Raich since June 7, 2008 . They have two sons together.
- Thunder Bay 1995 : 5th Team NH
- Trondheim 1997 : 3rd team NH
- Ramsau 1999 : 25th Gundersen, 7th team NH, 2nd sprint
- Lahti 2001 : 2nd team NH
- Oberstdorf 2005 : 25th Gundersen, 17th sprint
- Sapporo 2007 : 12th sprint, 4th team LH, 18th Gundersen
- Liberec 2009 : 22nd mass start, 10th Gundersen NH, 5th Team LH, 17th Gundersen LH
- Oslo 2011 : 29th Gundersen NH, 1st Team NH, 10th Gundersen LH, 1st Team LH
- Val di Fiemme 2013 : 2nd Gundersen NH
- 43 podium finishes, including 12 victories:
|1||January 15, 1994||Oslo||Norway||Gundersen|
|2||February 18, 1996||Murau||Austria||Gundersen|
|3||December 29, 1996||Oberwiesenthal||Germany||sprint|
|4th||January 18, 1997||St. Moritz||Switzerland||Gundersen|
|5||February 1, 1997||Hakuba||Japan||Gundersen|
|6th||December 13, 1997||Steamboat Springs||United States||Gundersen|
|7th||March 10, 1998||Falun||Sweden||sprint|
|8th||November 27, 2005||Kuusamo||Finland||sprint|
|9||February 7, 2009||Seefeld||Austria||Gundersen|
|10||January 31, 2010||Seefeld||Austria||Gundersen|
|11||December 18, 2010||Ramsau||Austria||Gundersen|
|12||December 19, 2010||Ramsau||Austria||Gundersen|
- 1st place Junior World Championship 1994
- 4 victories at the summer GP
- 13 times Austrian champion
- 2001: Silver Medal of Honor for Services to the Republic of Austria
- 2006: Gold Medal for Services to the Republic of Austria
- Gold Medal of Honor of the State of Styria
- Mario Stecher's website
- Mario Stecher in the database of the International Ski Federation (English)
- Mario Stecher on Olympic.org - The Official website of the Olympic movement (English)
- kurier.at: Mario Stecher ends his career. February 27, 2015, accessed February 27, 2015 .
- "Enduringly successful": ombiner legend Mario Stecher presented his first book in Vienna . sportaktiv.com from April 25, 2015
- Mario Stecher follows Ernst Vettori as Sports Director at ÖSV | Sky Sport Austria . In: Sky Sport Austria . April 3, 2018 ( skysportaustria.at [accessed April 3, 2018]).
- Mario Stecher marries Carina Raich ( Memento of the original from March 14, 2008 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. sport.orf.at, June 2008
- Homepage of the Raich family ( Memento of the original from December 26, 2015 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. raich.at, February 2013
- List of all decorations awarded by the Federal President for services to the Republic of Austria from 1952 (PDF; 6.9 MB)
- Honor where honor is due! ( Memento from September 9, 2012 in the web archive archive.today )
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||Austrian Nordic combiner|
|DATE OF BIRTH||17th July 1977|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Eisenerz , Styria , Austria|