Matthias Mayer (ski racer)

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Matthew Mayer
Matthew Mayer (2014)
Matthias Mayer before the 2014 Winter Olympics
nation Austria Austria
birthday June 9, 1990 (age 31)
place of birth Sankt Veit an der Glan , Austria
size 180 cm
Weight 93kg
discipline Downhill , Super-G , giant slalom ,
society SC Gerlitzen
status active
medal table
Olympic games gold medal silver medal bronze medal
Junior World Championship gold medal silver medal bronze medal
 winter Olympics
gold Sochi 2014 Departure
gold Pyeongchang 2018 Super G
gold Beijing 2022 Super G
bronze Beijing 2022 Departure
 Alpine Ski Junior World Championships
silver Formigal 2008 Super G
Placements in the Alpine Ski World Cup
 Individual World Cup debut February 22, 2009
 Individual World Cup victories 11
 Overall World Cup 4. ( 2019/20 )
 Downhill World Cup 2. ( 2020/21 )
 Super G World Cup 3rd ( 2012/13 , 2014/15 , 2020/21)
 Giant Slalom World Cup 33rd (2019/20)
 Combined World Cup 3rd (2019/20)
 podium finishes 1. 2. 3.
 Departure 7 5 8th
 Super G 3 10 7
 combination 1 0 0
last modified: February 8, 2022

Matthias ("Mothl") Mayer (born June 9, 1990 in Sankt Veit an der Glan , Carinthia ) is an Austrian alpine skier . He specializes largely in the fast downhill and super-G disciplines. His greatest achievements are the Olympic victories in downhill at the 2014 Winter Olympics and in super-G at the 2018 and 2022 games . This makes him the first ski racer to win gold medals at three consecutive Winter Games.

The son of Olympic medalist Helmut Mayer skis for SC Gerlitzen and has been a member of the national team of the Austrian Ski Association (ÖSV) since 2012.


After some success in national student races, Mayer contested his first FIS race in December 2005 . After being accepted into the ÖSV junior squad in the 2006/07 season, he was deployed in the European Cup from January 2008 . After the 2007/08 season, in which he became Austrian youth champion in the downhill, he rose to the B squad of the ÖSV. In 2009 , Mayer graduated from the Sport - BORG in Spittal an der Drau . His first international success came at the 2008 Junior World Championships in Formigal , Spain , when he won the silver medal in the Super-G.

World Cup debut in 2009

On February 13, 2009, Mayer was on the podium for the first time in the European Cup, finishing third in the Super-G in Sarntal / Reinswald . A week later he started in the Super Combined in Sestriere for the first time in the World Cup . On January 26, 2011, Mayer celebrated his first European Cup win in the Méribel Super-G. Two weeks later, on February 5, 2011, he scored his first World Cup points as 23rd in the Super-G at Hinterstoder . At the end of the 2010/11 season , he achieved another win and two podium finishes in the Super-G in the European Cup, winning the discipline classification and finishing sixth overall. In 2011, after three years in the B squad, he was promoted to the ÖSV A squad.

After his successes in the European Cup, Mayer completed his first full World Cup season in the winter of 2011/12 . While he failed to score in the downhill and twice finished in the top 20 in the super combination, he already achieved three top 10 results in his special discipline, the super-G, with his best World Cup result of the winter being sixth place in Kvitfjell on March 2nd was. He finished 13th in the Super-G World Cup. After the winter, Mayer was accepted into the ÖSV national team. However, preparation for the following season was hampered by severe food poisoning , which meant he was only able to start training fully in October. On January 25, 2013, he achieved his first podium finish, finishing second in the Super-G in Kitzbühel .

Matthias Mayer in the slalom of the FIS super combination in Spital am Semmering in March 2008

Olympic victory 2014

On February 9, 2014, he celebrated his biggest success to date, winning the gold medal in the downhill at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. At the World Cup finals in Lenzerheide in 2014 came his first World Cup win in the downhill. In October 2014, Mayer tore a medial ligament in his right knee and suffered a bruised spine in a training fall, and as a result he missed the season opener in Sölden. At the Alpine World Ski Championships 2015 in Vail / Beaver Creek , he finished 4th in Super-G, 11th in Alpine Combined and 12th in Downhill.

The years 2015 to 2017

On February 21, 2015, he won the Saalbach downhill to lead an Austrian treble ahead of teammates Max Franz and Hannes Reichelt . The following day he also won the Super-G and celebrated his first World Cup victory in this discipline. On December 19, 2015, he suffered a fracture of the sixth and seventh thoracic vertebrae as well as bruises in a serious fall on the downhill run from Val Gardena and was out of action for the rest of the 2015/2016 Ski World Cup . A new airbag protective vest may have saved him from serious injuries.

On January 20, 2017, Mayer won the Goldene Gams for the first time at the 77th Hahnenkamm race in Kitzbühel with his victory in the Super-G .

Olympic victory 2018

With four podium finishes, Mayer traveled to his second Olympic Games in Pyeongchang in 2018 as a promising medal candidate . On February 13, he fell heavily in the combined slalom after a threader and suffered a painful bruise on his hip. There was talk of not starting the downhill, but Mayer started and finished the race as one of the favorites in ninth place. On February 16, he won the Super-G as only the second Austrian after Hermann Maier in 1998 in Nagano , who also had a spectacular fall three days before his victory. He became the second male skier to win Olympic gold medals in both speed disciplines after Aksel Lund Svindal , who had completed the feat the day before with his downhill victory. He also ended the Norwegian Olympic winning streak, which had won the last four titles in this discipline.

At the season finale in Åre , he and his teammate Vincent Kriechmayr won a World Cup downhill for the third time and celebrated their fifth victory overall. The two saved the ÖSV from a season without a downhill victory. The 2018/19 season was changeable for Mayer. At the World Championships in Åre he was one of the favorites to finish fifth in the downhill and retired in the Super-G with a very good intermediate time. In the World Cup he only managed two podium finishes with second place in the super-G at Bormio and third place in the downhill at Kvitfjell .

He started the coming season better, where he achieved his best giant slalom result with a 15th place in Sölden in October 2019. After that he won the Super-G from Lake Louise and, surprisingly, the Lauberhorn combination from Wengen . In Kitzbühel, after second place in the Super-G at the 80th Hahnenkamm Race, the 29-year-old secured the first Austrian Streif victory in six years.

Olympic victory 2022

On February 8, 2022, Mayer claimed his third Olympic gold in super-G in Yanqing at the Beijing Winter Olympics , having previously won bronze in the downhill.


Reception in Afritz after the 2018 Olympic victory
Matthias Mayer Monument, Afritz am See, Villach Land, Carinthia

Olympic games

World Championships

World Cup Ratings

season total Departure Super G giant slalom combination
place Points place Points place Points place Points place Points
2010/11 150 8th 48 8th
2011/12 50 201 13. 171 26 30
2012/13 17 382 25 92 3. 228 39 15 9. 47
2013/14 9. 602 5. 307 4. 236 44 9 11. 50
2014/15 9. 717 4. 386 3. 274 46 7 10 50
2015/16 57 172 34 42 18 130
2016/17 13. 442 8th. 237 7. 189 27 16
2017/18 9. 622 6. 348 8th. 180 41 22 7. 72
2018/19 17 496 11. 197 6. 295 52 4
2019/20 4. 916 3. 424 4. 324 33 28 3. 140
2020/21 7. 700 2. 418 3. 276 56 6

World Cup victories

  • 41 podiums, including 11 wins:
date location country discipline
March 12, 2014 lenzerheide Switzerland Departure
February 21, 2015 Saalbach Austria Departure
February 22, 2015 Saalbach Austria Super G
January 20, 2017 Kitzbuehel Austria Super G
March 14, 2018 are Sweden Departure *
December 1, 2019 Lake Louise Canada Super G
January 17, 2020 wengen Switzerland combination
January 25, 2020 Kitzbuehel Austria Departure
March 7, 2020 Kvitfjell Norway Departure
December 30, 2020 Bormio Italy Departure
November 27, 2021 Lake Louise Canada Departure

* at the same time as Vincent Kriechmayr

Junior World Championships

European Cup

date location country discipline
January 26, 2011 Meribel France Super G
March 11, 2011 Sella Nevea Italy Super G

More Achievements

  • Austrian youth champion in the downhill 2008
  • 3 wins in FIS races


  • Matthias Mayer was voted "Carinthian Sportsman of the Year" by the Carinthian Sports Press Club in both 2014 and 2015
  • 2018: Honorary citizenship of his home town of Afritz
  • 2018: Carinthian Provincial Order in Gold

web links

Commons : Matthias Mayer  - Collection of images, videos and audio files


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