Sport in Austria

Austria is a highly mountainous country, with its highest point being almost 4 kilometers above sea level. Austrians have a great love for winter sports like alpine skiing and ice hockey but they also love sport like association football or soccer and rugby.

Austria has produced some of the best alpine skiers in the world like Toni Sailer, Hermann Maier, and Annemarie Moser-Pröll. Austria has basically got a strangle hold on alpine skiing and one of the best in ski jumping in the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, Winter Olympics and FIS Ski Jumping World Cup. As a matter of fact, in the 2011 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, Austria dominated by taking all of the 5 gold medals.

The Austrians traditionally played football or soccer but has declined in popularity since the World War II. The Austrian national football team actually qualified for the FIFA World Cup several times but never made the cut for the European Championships until 2008.

It is also worth noting that Austrians also like playing chess. As a matter of fact, the first official world chess champion was from Austria (Wilhelm Steinitz). There are also a lot of Austrians who made a mark in various sports like Niki Lauda who won the Formula One championship three times (1975, 1977 and 1984).

See also the list the most popular internet searches for "sports" in Austria.

Popular sports of Austria (see more)

Austria's Sporting Success

Athletes from Austria

Austria Sports trivia

Austria at major events

Past sporting events hosted in Austria

Upcoming sporting events in Austria

Annual sporting events held in Austria

Sporting Facilities in Austria

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