Austrian Formula One driver and aviation entrepreneur Niki Lauda was a three-time F1 World Drivers' Champion. Considered to be one of the greatest F1 drivers of all time, he was once involved in a near-fatal accident. He founded and ran three airlines as an aviation entrepreneur and also served as the team manager of the Jaguar Formula One racing team.
David Alaba is an Austrian football player who currently plays for the Real Madrid Club de Fútbol and the Austria national football team. Best known for his versatility, Alaba can play as a midfielder and defender. Counted among the greatest defenders of his generation, David Alaba is a two-time Austrian Sports Personality of the Year recipient.
Though born in Germany, racer Jochen Rindt competed for Austria throughout his illustrious career, which saw him score 6 Grand Prix wins. At 28, he was killed in a practice race for the Italian Grand Prix. He later became the only racer to be posthumously named the F-1 World Champion.
Gerhard Berger is an Austrian retired Formula One racing driver who competed in 14 Formula One seasons, finishing twice as the third overall in the championship. Berger won ten Grands Prix during his illustrious career that spanned more than a decade. With 210 starts under his belt, Gerhard Berger is counted among the most experienced F1 drivers of all time.
Josef Bican was an Austrian-Czech footballer who played as a forward. According to Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation, Bican scored more than 950 goals in 624 official matches, which makes him the second-most prolific goalscorer of all time in recorded history. In 2000, Josef Bican was honored with the Golden Ball by the IFFHS.
Thomas Muster is an Austrian retired tennis player and former world No. 1. Muster was one of the world's best clay court players during the 1990s, winning the French Open in 1995 and becoming the first Austrian to win a Grand Slam singles title. Such was his dominance on clay that Thomas Muster was called The King of Clay.
Austrian Formula One racing driver Roland Ratzenberger was in his teens when he first showed an interest in racing. He was killed while qualifying for the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix, while uncannily, Brazilian world champion racer Ayrton Senna died during the race the next day.
Marcel Hirscher is an Austrian retired World Cup alpine ski racer. He is best known for winning two gold medals at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Marcel Hirscher also has an Olympic silver medal under his belt and is currently a seven-time World Champion. Hirscher has also won four silver medals in the World Championships so far.
The second-highest ranked Austrian tennis player of all time, Dominic Thiem became the first Austrian to win the singles title at a US Open when he came back from two sets down to beat Alexander Zverev in the 2020 US Open final. At the 2019 BNP Paribas Open, he defeated Roger Federer to win his first Masters 1000 title.
Marcel Sabitzer is an Austrian football player who currently plays for Bayern Munich and the Austria national football team. In 2017, he was named Austrian Footballer of the Year. Marcel Sabitzer has been an important player for Bayern Munich since 2021, helping them win the Bundesliga and DFL-Supercup in 2022.
The son of an amateur goalkeeper, Christian Fuchs grew up to lead the Austrian football team as its captain. Currently a left back Charlotte FC, he has also won a Premier League and an FA Cup with Leicester City and a DFL-Supercup with Schalke 04. He also owns a football academy in Manhattan.
Retired Austrian Formula One racer Helmut Marko most notably won the 1971 24 Hours of Le Mans. He lost his left eye during the 1972 French Grand Prix. He now serves as the advisor of the Red Bull GmbH Formula One teams and heads the driver development program of Red Bull.
Matthias Steiner is a Austrian-German former weightlifter best known for winning a gold medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. He also won a silver medal at the World Championships as well as two silver medals at the European Championships during his career.
Hermann Maier is an Austrian retired alpine ski racer best known for winning two gold medals at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan. A three-time world champion, Hermann Maier is often counted among the best alpine ski racers of all time.
Franz Klammer is an Austrian former alpine ski racer best known for winning a gold medal at the 1976 Winter Olympics in Austria. He also won two gold medals and a silver medal at the World Championships. Franz Klammer did much to foster the popularity of alpine ski racing, for which he was considered a hero by fans in Austria.
Ferdinand Habsburg is an Austrian motor racing driver who is currently driving with Team WRT in the FIA World Endurance Championship. He won the FIA World Endurance Championship and the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2021. Ferdinand Habsburg is also known as an heir apparent to the primacy of the House of Habsburg-Lorraine.
Austrian footballer Marko Arnautović is best known as a forward for the Italian club Bologna. He began his senior career with the Dutch club Twente and later went on to play for teams such as Inter Milan, Stoke City, and West Ham United. His achievements include a UEFA Champions League win.
Widely known as the deepest man on Earth, Austrian freediver Herbert Nitsch currently holds the world freediving world record for his exceptional dive of 214 m. He has previously also worked as a pilot. He is also the only diver to hold records in all of AIDA's 8 freediving disciplines.
Gregor Schlierenzauer is an Austrian retired ski jumper who was active between 2006 and 2021. Having won an Olympic gold medal and 10 World Championship gold medals, Schlierenzauer is often counted among the greatest ski jumpers of all time. Gregor Schlierenzauer also won a silver medal and two bronze medals at the Olympic Games.
Jakob Pöltl is an Austrian basketball player who currently plays for the popular NBA team, The San Antonio Spurs. He started his NBA career with the Toronto Raptors when he was picked in the 2016 NBA draft, becoming the first Austrian to represent an NBA team.
Austrian alpine ski racer Matthias Mayer is not just a 3-time Olympic gold medalist but also a Junior World Championship silver medalist. The son of Olympic super-G silver medalist alpine ski racer Helmut Mayer, he was destined to take up the sport. He has a bronze medal in the Olympics, too.
One of the most decorated ski jumpers, Austrian athlete Stefan Kraft has won both the Ski Jumping World Cup and the Ski Flying World Cup twice. He has also won 3 individual gold medals at the World Championship and holds the world record for the longest ski flying jump, at 253.5 meters.
Marc Janko is an Austrian retired football player who played for the Austria national football team as a striker from 2006 to 2019. He also played for popular clubs like Red Bull Salzburg, for which he scored 75 goals in 108 appearances from 2005 to 2010.
Turkish-origin Austrian footballer Yusuf Demir is best known as a winger for Rapid Wien. Starting his youth career with First Vienna, he later switched to Rapid Wien and was also loaned to Barcelona. He has also played for all levels of the Austrian national football team.
Hansi Hinterseer is an Austrian former alpine skier turned singer, actor, and entertainer. As a skier, he won six alpine skiing World Cup races and the silver medal at the world championship in 1974. In the 1980s, he became a technical sports commentator and started a career as a singer and actor in the following decade.
Mathias Lauda is an Austrian racing driver who is currently racing as a factory driver for Aston Martin Racing in the FIA World Endurance Championship. He is best known as the son of the famous three-time F1 world champion, Niki Lauda.
One of the most decorated ski jumpers of all time, retired Austrian ski jumper Thomas Morgenstern is a 3-time Olympic gold medalist. He also has 8 ski jumping World Championship gold medals and 3 ski flying World Championship gold medals in his kitty. Post-retirement, he has been part of the Helicopter World Cup.
Retired Austrian alpine ski racer Annemarie Moser-Pröll is not just an Olympic gold medalist but has also been a 4-time World Champion. The elder sister of former Olympic alpine skier Cornelia Pröll, she also held the record of winning 6 overall World Cup titles, with 5 of them being consecutive wins.
Thomas Vanek is an Austrian retired ice hockey player who played as a left winger. He was part of 14 National Hockey League (NHL) seasons, representing various teams like the Buffalo Sabres, Montreal Canadiens, New York Islanders, and Minnesota Wild. Thomas Vanek also represented Austria and helped the national team win the 2008 IIHF Division I World Championship.
Andreas Weimann is an Austrian football player who currently plays as a forward and midfielder for Bristol City Football Club and the Austria national football team. Previously, he played for Aston Villa and Derby County.
Austrian racing driver Helmuth Koinigg was from an affluent family but struggled to finance his racing dreams initially. He tragically passed away in a deadly crash at age 25, in what was his second Grand Prix start, the 1974 US Grand Prix, when a suspension failure caused him to be decapitated.
Alex Manninger is an Austrian retired football player who played for the Austria national football team from 1999 to 2009 as a goalkeeper. He also played for various popular clubs like Arsenal, Red Bull Salzburg, Juventus, and Liverpool. Alex Manninger is best known for his association with Arsenal as he helped them win the 1998 Premier League and FA Cup.
Austrian footballer Saša Kalajdžić is best known as a striker for the German club VfB Stuttgart. While he mostly played as a midfielder during his stint with clubs such as Admira Wacker, he later switched to being a striker. His towering 6’ 7” figure has often drawn comparisons to English striker Peter Crouch.
Apart from being a 2-time Olympic gold medalist, Austrian snowboarder Anna Gasser is also a former World Champion and a 2-time Winter X Games champion. While she initially wished to be a vet, her love for jumping and aerial acrobatics made her take up snowboarding as a profession.
Valentino Lazaro is an Austrian football player who currently plays for the Austrian national football team as a midfielder and defender. He is best known for his association with the Red Bull Salzburg from 2012 to 2017, during which he helped them win many Austrian Bundesliga and Austrian Cup titles.
Barbara Schett is an Austrian retired tennis player best known for representing Austria in 48 matches at the prestigious Billie Jean King Cup, where she helped the Austria Fed Cup team win 30 matches between 1993 and 2004. Since her retirement, Barbara Schett has been working as a presenter and commentator and is currently associated with Eurosport.
Known by his nickname, Rocket, Austrian MMA fighter Aleksandar Rakić now plays for the Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight division. While he initially played football, he later switched to boxing and then eventually to MMA. He is a Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and is the current world number 4 in UFC rankings.
Benjamin Raich is an Austrian retired alpine ski racer best known for winning two gold medals at the 2006 Olympic Games in Turin, Italy. A three-time world champion, Raich had also won five gold medals at the Junior World Ski Championships between 1996 and 1998. Benjamin Raich is regarded as one of the greatest alpine racers in World Cup history.
Austrian football-player and manager Ernst Happel is counted among greatest managers of all-time. He achieved several feats as a manager including winning European Cup with Feyenoord (1970) and Hamburger SV (1983) and becoming first of the five managers who won the cup with two clubs. He won league as-well-as domestic cup titles in Belgium, Austria, the Netherlands, and West Germany.
Mairbek Taisumov is a Russian-born Austrian MMA fighter who fights in the lightweight division. He previously fought in M-1 Global and the Ultimate Fighting Championship, winning the Performance of the Night award on three occasions in the latter.
Sebastian Prödl is an Austrian retired football player who played for the Austrian national football team from 2007 to 2018, during which he represented his country in important tournaments like the 2016 UEFA European Football Championship. Sebastian Prödl also played for popular clubs like Sturm Graz and Werder Bremen.
Austrian ski-jumper and footballer Daniela Iraschko-Stolz, counted among most-successful female-athletes of ski-jumping, holds ski-flying world-record since 2003 as the first and till-present only-woman to fly over 200 metres. Her feats in ski-jumping includes three individual-victories at Holmenkollen Ski Festival, winning women's Continental Cup, and silver at 2014 Winter Olympics. In football, she became Austrian Cup finalist twice with Wacker Innsbruck.
Austrian table tennis player Werner Schlager was 6 when he began his training in tennis under his father and brother, both of whom were top players. A former World Champion, he is also a 5-time Olympian. He has his own tennis academy and has also published a book on tennis.
Gernot Reinstadler was an Austrian ski racer who was considered one of the most promising young talents of the national downhill team of the early-1990s. Gernot Reinstadler died in a crash in 1991, post which safety measures were improved.
Austrian footballer Aleksandar Dragović is known as a defender for the Serbian club Red Star Belgrade. Starting his career with Austria Wien, he later also played for clubs such as Dynamo Kyiv, Basel, and Leicester City. He created a massive controversy after playfully slapping Swiss minister Ueli Maurer's head during a medal ceremony.
Michael Grabner is an Austrian ice hockey player who has played for the Austrian men's national hockey team at important tournaments like the 2012 World Championships and 2014 Olympic Games. Currently an unrestricted free agent, Michael Grabner has played for popular clubs like Vancouver Canucks, Toronto Maple Leafs, and New York Islanders.