Famous Austrian Sportspersons

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Niki Lauda
(Former Formula One driver)
Niki Lauda
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Birthdate: February 22, 1949
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: May 20, 2019

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.

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Dominic Thiem
(One of the Best Austrian Tennis Players in History)
Dominic Thiem
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Birthdate: September 3, 1993
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Wiener Neustadt, Austria

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.

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David Alaba
(Austrian Footballer Who Plays as a Midfielder and Defender)
David Alaba
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Birthdate: June 24, 1992
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria

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.  

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Toto Wolff
(Austrian Former Racing Driver, Investor and CEO of ‘Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team’)
Toto Wolff
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Birthdate: January 12, 1972
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Former racing driver Toto Wolff is the CEO and 30% stakeholder of the Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport Formula One Team. He has been part of the Austrian and German Formula Ford championships. He later established the investment firms Marchfifteen and Marchsixteen. He supports underprivileged children through the Mary Bendet Foundation.
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Jochen Rindt
(German-Born Austrian Racer Who Became the First Posthumous F-1 Champion)
Jochen Rindt
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Birthdate: April 18, 1942
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mainz, Germany
Died: September 5, 1970

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.

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Josef Bican
(Austrian-Czech Professional Footballer Who Played as a Forward)
Josef Bican
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Birthdate: September 25, 1913
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: December 12, 2001

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

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Roland Ratzenberger
(Austrian Formula One Racer Who Died during the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix Qualifier)
Roland Ratzenberger
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Birthdate: July 4, 1960
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Salzburg, Austria
Died: April 30, 1994

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.

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Gerhard Berger
(Austrian Retired Formula One Racing Driver)
Gerhard Berger
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Birthdate: August 27, 1959
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Wörgl

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.

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Christian Fuchs
(Austrian Football Player Who Plays as a Defender)
Christian Fuchs
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Birthdate: April 7, 1986
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Neunkirchen

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.

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Wilhelm Steinitz
(Austrian-born American Chess Player and the First World Chess Champion)
Wilhelm Steinitz
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Birthdate: May 14, 1836
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Prague, Czechia
Died: August 12, 1900

Wilhelm Steinitz was an Austrian-born American chess player. He is recognized as the first World Chess Champion, having reigned from 1886 to 1894. A multi-talented personality, Wilhelm Steinitz was also an influential chess theoretician and writer. Steinitz is also remembered for having a huge impact on the game and was a well-known player during his time.

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Helmut Marko
(Retired Austrian Formula One Racing Driver and Head Advisor for 'Red Bull')
Helmut Marko
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Birthdate: April 27, 1943
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Graz

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.

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Marko Arnautović
(Austrian Football Player Who Plays as a Forward)
Marko Arnautović
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Birthdate: April 19, 1989
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Floridsdorf, Vienna, Austria

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.

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Marcel Sabitzer
(Austrian Footballer Who Plays as a Midfielder and Forward)
Marcel Sabitzer
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Birthdate: March 17, 1994
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Wels, Austria

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.

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Hermann Maier
(Former Austrian Alpine Ski Racer Who is Counted Among the Best Alpine Ski Racers of All Time)
Hermann Maier
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Birthdate: December 7, 1972
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Altenmarkt im Pongau, Austria

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.

 15 
Yusuf Demir
(Turkish-Origin Austrian Football Player Who Plays as a Winger)
Yusuf Demir
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Birthdate: June 2, 2003
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria

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.

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Franz Klammer
(Retired Alpine Ski Racer)
Franz Klammer
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Birthdate: December 3, 1953
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Carinthia, Austria

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.

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Herbert Nitsch
(Austrian Freediver Who Holds the World Record of Deepest Dive at 253.2 meters)
Herbert Nitsch
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Birthdate: April 20, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Austria

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.

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Thomas Muster
(Austrian Retired Tennis Player and the First Austrian to Win a Grand Slam Singles Title)
Thomas Muster
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Birthdate: October 2, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Leibnitz, Austria

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.   

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Marcel Hirscher
(Austrian Retired Alpine Ski Racer)
Marcel Hirscher
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Birthdate: March 2, 1989
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Annaberg-Lungötz, Austria

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.

 20 
Jakob Pöltl
(Austrian Basketball Player Who Plays in the NBA)
Jakob Pöltl
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Birthdate: October 15, 1995
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria

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.

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Saša Kalajdžić
(Austrian Football Player Who Plays as a Striker)
Saša Kalajdžić
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Birthdate: July 7, 1997
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria

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.

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Aleksandar Rakić
(Austrian Mixed Martial Artist)
Aleksandar Rakić
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Birthdate: February 6, 1992
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria

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.

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Mathias Lauda
(Austrian Racing Driver)
Mathias Lauda
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Birthdate: January 30, 1981
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Salzburg

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.

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Mairbek Taisumov
(Russian-born Austrian MMA Fighter Who Fights in the Lightweight Division)
Mairbek Taisumov
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Birthdate: August 8, 1988
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Grozny, Russia

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.

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Marc Janko
(Former Austrian Footballer Who Played as a Striker)
Marc Janko
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Birthdate: June 25, 1983
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Vienna

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.

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Thomas Vanek
(Former Austrian Ice Hockey Player Who Played as a Winger)
Thomas Vanek
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Birthdate: January 19, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Baden bei Wien, Austria

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.

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Alex Manninger
(Former Austrian Footballer Who Played as a Goalkeeper)
Alex Manninger
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Birthdate: June 4, 1977
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Salzburg

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.    

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Valentino Lazaro
(Austrian Footballer Who Plays as a Midfielder and Defender)
Valentino Lazaro
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Birthdate: March 24, 1996
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Graz, Austria

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.

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Andreas Weimann
(Austrian Footballer Who Plays as a Midfielder and Forward)
Andreas Weimann
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Birthdate: August 5, 1991
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Vienna

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.

 30 
Matthias Steiner
(Austrian-German Former Weightlifter)
Matthias Steiner
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Birthdate: August 25, 1982
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria

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.

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Helmuth Koinigg
(Formula One driver, Engineer, Sportsperson)
Helmuth Koinigg
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Birthdate: November 3, 1948
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Vienna
Died: October 6, 1974

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.

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Aleksandar Dragović
(Austrian Football Player Who Plays as a Centre-Back)
Aleksandar Dragović
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Birthdate: March 6, 1991
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria

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.

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Barbara Schett
(Former Austrian Tennis Player)
Barbara Schett
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Birthdate: March 10, 1976
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Innsbruck, Austria

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.

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Sebastian Prödl
(Austrian Retired Footballer Who Played as a Defender)
Sebastian Prödl
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Birthdate: June 21, 1987
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Graz

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.

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Ernst Happel
(Austrian Footballer and Manager, Regarded Among the Greatest Managers of All-Time)
Ernst Happel
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Birthdate: November 29, 1925
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: November 14, 1992
 36 
Gernot Reinstadler
(Austrian Ski Racer Who Died in a Crash in 1991)
Gernot Reinstadler
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Birthdate: August 24, 1970
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Zams, Austria
Died: January 19, 1991

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. 

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Atdhe Nuhiu
(Kosovan Footballer Who Plays as a Striker)
Atdhe Nuhiu
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Birthdate: July 29, 1989
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Pristina, Kosovo

Atdhe Nuhiu is a Kosovan football player who played as a striker for the Kosovo national football team from 2017 to 2021. He had previously played at various youth levels for the Austrian national team. Atdhe Nuhiu currently plays for SC Rheindorf Altach.

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Michael Grabner
(Austrian Ice Hockey Player Who Plays as a Winger)
Michael Grabner
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Birthdate: October 5, 1987
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Villach

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.

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Roland Kickinger
(Austrian Bodybuilder and Actor Known for His Role as 'Chip Rommel' in TV Series 'Son of the Beach')
Roland Kickinger
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Birthdate: March 30, 1968
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria

Roland Kickinger is an Austrian actor and bodybuilder best known for his appearances in several fitness magazines, bodybuilding competitions, and training videos. Kickinger is also known for his portrayal of Chip Rommel in the American sitcom Son of the Beach. He gained popularity in 2009 when he appeared as a prototype of the titular character in the film Terminator Salvation.

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Chukwubuike Adamu
(Football player forward)
Chukwubuike Adamu
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Birthdate: June 6, 2001
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kano, Nigeria
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Ferdinand Habsburg
(Austrian Motor Racing Driver)
Ferdinand Habsburg
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Birthdate: June 21, 1997
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Salzburg, 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. 

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Alexander Wurz
(Retired Austrian Professional Racing Driver Who Won the ‘Le Mans 24 Hours’ Racing Event Twice)
Alexander Wurz
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Birthdate: February 15, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Waidhofen an der Thaya
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Ismail Naurdiev
(Mixed Martial Artist Who Competes in 'Super Welterweight Division')
Ismail Naurdiev
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Birthdate: August 18, 1996
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Grozny, Russia

Ismail Naurdiev is a Chechen-born Austrian MMA fighter who is currently a part of Brave Combat Federation where he competes in the Super Welterweight division. He has also competed in Absolute Championship Berkut (ACB) and the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Naurdiev is well-known for his flashy and wild spinning kicks skills, which have earned him the nickname, The Austrian Wonderboy.    

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Karl Schäfer
(Figure skater)
Karl Schäfer
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Birthdate: May 17, 1909
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: April 23, 1976
 45 
Anna Fenninger
(Retired Alpine Ski Racer and Olympic Gold Medallist)
Anna Fenninger
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Birthdate: June 18, 1989
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hallein, Austria

Anna Fenninger is an Austrian retired alpine ski racer best known for winning a gold medal and a silver medal at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. She then won a silver medal at the subsequent Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Veith also won three gold medals, two silver medals, and one bronze medal at the World Championships.

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Ulrike Maier
(Two-Time World Champion Austrian Alpine Ski Racer Who Died During a Downhill Race)
Ulrike Maier
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Birthdate: October 22, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rauris, Austria
Died: January 29, 1994

Austrian alpine ski racer Ulrike Maier was not just a 2-time Olympian but also a 2-time World Champion. Back when she competed, she was the only mother in the World Cup circuit. She died after breaking her neck in a downhill race in Germany at age 26.

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Christian Klien
(Austrian Retired Formula One Racing Driver)
Christian Klien
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Birthdate: February 7, 1983
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hohenems

Christian Klien is an Austrian retired Formula One racing driver. He currently competes for JP Motorsport in the GT World Challenge Europe. While competing in Formula One, Christian Klien represented popular teams like Jaguar, Red Bull, Honda and BMW Sauber, and HRT. 

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Moritz Bauer
(Austrian Football Player Who Plays as a Midfielder / Defender)
Moritz Bauer
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Birthdate: January 25, 1992
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Winterthur, Switzerland

Austrian footballer Moritz Bauer is best known as a right midfielder/defender for the Swiss club Servette FC. Starting his youth career with teams such as Grasshopper Club Zürich, he later also played for teams such as Stoke City, Rubin Kazan, and Celtic. He has won a Swiss Cup and a Scottish League Cup.

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Luka Sučić
(Footballer midfielder)
Luka Sučić
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Birthdate: September 8, 2002
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Linz, Austria
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Kevin Danso
(Football player Centre-back)
Kevin Danso
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Birthdate: September 19, 1998
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Voitsberg, Austria