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:
- Winterstellgut in Annaberg – perfect place for a romantic candle-lit dinner
- Electric Love Festival at the Salzburgring – three day festival to groove to electronic sounds
- Hohensalzburg Fortress and Hohenwerfen Castle – must-see for Salzburg locals and guests alike
- Kayak tour on the Lammer – refreshing thrills on hot summer days
- Probably the best Kaiserschmarrn delicacy on Stuhlalm in Annaberg