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Sochi 2014: Profile Of Austria In The Winter Olympics

Not only are the country's 105 total alpine medals more than any other nation, but Austria also holds more medals in this discipline than all other events combined. The country did struggle somewhat at 2010 Vancouver, however, as its men's team failed to medal in five events, while the women's squad more typically earned four total medals. Top Olympic Medal Winners: Felix Gottwald: Nordic combined, 7 medals -- 3 gold, 1 silver, 3 gold, 5-time Olympian (1994-2010) Thomas Morganstern: Ski jumping, 3 medals -- 3 gold, 2-time Olympian (2006-2010) Anton "Toni" Sailer: Alpine skiing, 3 medals -- 3 gold, 1-time Olympian (1956) Hermann Maier: Alpine skiing, 4 medals -- 2 gold, 1 silver, home 1 bronze, 2-time Olympican (1998, 2006) Benjamin Raich: Alpine skiing, 4 medals -- 2 gold, 2 bronze, 3-time Olympian (2002-2010) Stephan Eberharter: Alpine skiing, 4 medals -- 1 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze, 2-time Olympian (1998-2002) Athletes to Watch in Sochi: Gregor Schlierenzauer: This popular Austrian ski jumper made a strong impression during his first Olympic Games in 2010 where he captured three total medals, including a gold for the large hill team event. Known to fans as "Schlieri," the 24-year-old certainly benefits from being part of a dominant team, in which he is paired with Thomas Morganstern. Yet, Schlierenzauer did win gold in redirected the individual large hill event in the 2011 Nordic World Ski Championships and is capable of doing so in Sochi. Andrea Fischbacher: This cousin of the legendary Hermann Maier was the sole Austrian to claim gold in an alpine skiing event at Vancouver. <br>More:

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