From 2008-12, Benjamin Karl was the most dominant Alpine rider in the world, winning three world titles, two World Cup season titles and a silver medal at his first Olympics in Vancouver.
But his results have dipped since then, with a world title in parallel giant slalom last January marking the only time he’s reached the podium at a major competition in nearly two years. Karl broke his ankle in a motorbike crash in the spring of 2012 but does not blame his results on the injury.
Karl married his longtime girlfriend Nina in 2011 and they had a daughter named Benina (a combination of their names) in June of 2012.
In Sochi, Karl will be part of a hungry Austrian Olympic team once again and with the addition of parallel slalom to the program, he'll be a medal contender in both Alpine events.
- 2013 World Championships (PGS) - 1st
- 2011 World Championships (PGS) - 1st
- 2011 World Championships (PSL) - 1st
- 2010 Vancouver Olympics (PGS) - silver
- 2009 World Championships (PGS) - 4th
- 2009 World Championships (PSL) - 1st
Things to know:
- Karl hails from St. Poelten, a city of roughly 50,000 people in the state of Lower Austria.
- His favorite movies are the James Bond franchise
- He rides a SG Snowboard, a company owned by teammate and 2006 bronze medalist Siegfried Grabner.
- His hobbies include biking, hiking, climbing and canyoning.