The son of an Olympic medalist, Matthias Mayer will look to begin carving out his own legacy when he makes his Olympic debut in Sochi for the powerful Austrian Alpine team. A rising member of the speed squad, Mayer hopes to contend for a medal in the downhill, super-G and super-combined.
- 2013: World Championships – 5th (super-G), 10th (super-combined), 13th (downhill)
- 2010: Junior World Championships – 10th (downhill), 12th (super-G), 23rd (giant slalom)
- 2009: Junior World Championships – 10th (super-G), 11th (downhill)
- 2008: Junior World Championships – Silver (super-G), 7th (giant slalom), 13th (downhill)
Things to know:
1. Mayer is one of a number of second-generation Olympians who will be competing in Sochi. His father, Helmut Mayer, won a silver medal in super-G at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary.
2. When Mayer made his debut for the vaunted Austrian team as an 18-year-old in 2009, he admits to being a bit intimidated. “Of course I had doubts [about whether I belonged],” he said. “I’m training with Benny Raich and Hannes Reichelt.” Mayer added that he gradually recognized that he had the ability to compete with those more accomplished skiers.
3. Mayer scored the first podium finish of his career in 2013, finishing second in the super-G in Kitzbuehel, one of the most difficult slopes on the World Cup circuit and one revered in his home country. He finished the season ranked third in the World Cup super-G standings.