World Record holder and SalzburgerLand Ambassador

For years, Salzburg’s top skier Marcel Hirscher has dominated the international Skiing World Cup. The native of Annaberg is an exceptional talent, whose winning streaks are legendary - at the age of only 28 he has already written sporting history. Already for the sixth time in a row, he won the overall World Cup 2016/2017 and thus holds the world record.

Marcel Hirscher, skiing legend

Marcel Hirscher is a skiing icon and has been a SalzburgerLand Ambassador with a deep conviction for almost two years. His credo of never giving up has helped him over the past few weeks which have not gone as he had imagined it. At first glance, the photo on Instagram seemed cheerful and summery – a huge, inflatable Flamingo rocks back and forth in the crystal-clear pool water. On it, relaxes the world’s best Alpine skier Marcel Hirscher with sunglasses, as well as crutches and plaster cast! His laid-back comment: “time for a break”. The fans were horrified – it was the 17th August, 2017 and Marcel Hirscher’s first day on snow ended dramatically with a broken ankle.

Athlete and role model for a whole nation

Only seven weeks later, the world record holder was back, but not without pain! Instead, with his winning smile, his usual understatement and a complete package of motivation, ambition and optimism. Where does he get that? From his passion for his profession! At a big media event in July, invited by Marcel Hirscher to the beautifully located Winterstellgut in his hometown of Annaberg, he said to a group of international journalists with a different tone: “I have the feeling that I don’t need to win another single World Cup race anymore. The most important thing in skiing is that it remains enjoyable. It has to be ‘mega’. I have absolutely no ambition to break any record.” Perhaps it is precisely this serenity that helps with the healing process. In any case, his cool and casual nature wins him many fans with 95% of all children and young people in Austria seeing Marcel Hirscher as an exemplary role model.

One’s own home as a place to recharge

Marcel Hirscher said also how much the last winter sapped his strength – “it was a very, very, very strenuous season and in summary, the past ten years of skiing have left their mark. I’m not twenty anymore and the body regenerates now faster than the mind.” In the past few years, Marcel Hirscher has accomplished an enormous amount and is talked about as one of the best skiers in the world. Such as Salzburg’s Hermann Maier, who even as a teenager was a great role model for him. In the meantime, the two have become friends.

Marcel Hirscher enjoys the free summer months preferably with his girlfriend Laura and their two dogs, a Cocker Spaniel called Timon and a Newfoundland named Pumba, in his homeland where he can actively recuperate and recharge his batteries. Because he knows himself: “After such a long time as an active skier, the main challenge is to stay fresh.”

Here, a few tips on what should not be missed in SalzburgerLand – not only for fans:

Marcel Hirscher at home on the Stuhlalm

© SalzburgerLand Tourismus, Marcel Hirscher – Skiing Superstar from Annaberg

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