Andrea Fischbacher

Andrea Fischbacher (born 14 October 1985 in Schwarzach im Pongau) is an Austrian alpine skier. She is successful, especially in the speed disciplines super- G and downhill. In 2004 and 2005 she was Junior World Champion in the Super -G. In the season 2004/ 05 she won the overall title of the European Cup and in the winter of 2008/ 09 they reached the second place in the downhill World Cup. My biggest success so far is the Olympic gold medal in the Super- G in Vancouver 2010.

  • 3.1 The Olympic Games
  • 3.2 World Championships
  • 3.3 Junior World Championships
  • 3.4 World Cup
  • 3.5 European Cup
  • 3.6 Further successes


Beginnings and rise in the national team (until 2006)

Andrea Fischbacher got age of four, her first skis and denied a year later, the first race. At age six, she started in the ski club level with regular exercise and get into the next few years her numerous wins in junior races. After elementary school, she attended the Skihauptschule in Bad Gastein. The hoped-for inclusion in the Salzburg state team you do not yet succeeded, however, and so she moved after three years to the Skihauptschule in Schladming and then visited the local Skihandelsschule, which she completed in 2004.

In the 2000 /01 season, the then 15 -year-old denied her first FIS races this winter and after you become a member of the Salzburg state team. Despite numerous failures during the next season, she was admitted to the junior squad of the Austrian Ski Federation ( Austrians ) 2002. In December 2002, they celebrated their first victories in FIS races, in February 2003, she was Austrian Junior Champion in Giant Slalom, Super-G and in the combination and shortly after they first came in the European Cup for use. At the Junior World Championships in March 2003, their best result was eighth place in the giant slalom and after the season they rose up in the B-team of the Austrian Ski Federation.

In winter 2003/ 04 Fischbacher was the second time Austrian Junior Champion in Super G and internationally they could achieve great success. On 20 December 2003, she celebrated the Super-G at Passo Tonale their first European Cup victory and a further three podium finishes in the Super- G they reached the second place in the discipline standings and fourth in the overall standings. The highlight of the winter was the Junior World Championship 2004 in Maribor, where she won the gold medal in the Super- G at the same time the Italian Nadia Fanchini. Therefore, they could compete in this discipline at the season finale in Sestriere for the first time in the World Cup. Because of a Torfehlers but do not finish the race. After the performance of this winter it was included in the Austrian A-team.

Through the European Cup results of the previous year Fischbacher had a Fixstartplatz in the World Cup for the 2004/ 05 season. Having won two European Cup race in Altenmarkt in December, she took a few days later with rank 28 in the Super -G in St. Moritz their first World Cup points. Already in their next World Cup races, the Super -G in Cortina d' Ampezzo on January 12, 2005, she reached the eighth place. Thus, it secured a ticket to the 2005 World Championship in Bormio, where they reached the Super-G after failure of two of her teammates as best Austrian seventh place. At the Junior World Championship 2005 in Bardonecchia she could defend her super-G title successfully. In the European Cup Fischbacher decided with their two wins, three other podium finishes and a total of 14 top-10 results, the overall rating of the season 2004/ 05 for itself. In the super -G standings, it was as in the previous second.

Since the season 2005/ 06 Fischbacher is solely in the World Cup at the start. In early December they took second place in the Super G in Lake Louise, ranked third in the Super G in Aspen for the first time on the podium. But then she came in any more races in the top five in the standings and they binned in the Super -G and in combination in the top 10. In the super - G of the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, she was ranked 13 and after the season they rose to the Austrian Ski Federation 's national team.

World Cup success and Olympic gold medal (from 2006)

In winter 2006/ 07 Fischbacher yielded similar results as the previous year, a total of nine times she went into the top ten. Their only podium finish was the second rank in the Super- G at the season finale in Lenzerheide, so she came in eighth place in the Super- G World Cup. She also belonged to the team for the 2007 World Championships in Åre, but came after a fall in downhill training at no racing.

In the 2007 /08 season Fischbacher had to contend with many failures in the slalom and giant slalom and reached a total of only six top-10 results. Among these, but was also the surprising in view of their other season results first World Cup victory in the Super G in Sestriere on 10 February 2008, which at the same time succeeded with the Swiss Fabienne Suter. In the overall classification, however, she came this time in any discipline among the top ten and also in the World Cup she fell on the space 15 or 13 in the last two years at rank 20 back. This was her last winter in which they participated in slalom races in the World Cup.

In winter 2008/ 09 Fischbacher scored significantly more consistent performance again. She began the season with a third place in the giant slalom in Soelden, her best ever result in this discipline, and a second place in the Super G in Lake Louise. At the 2009 World Championships in Val d'Isere they came in both the Super -G, and in the downhill and giant slalom used. While she finished only 24th place in the giant slalom, she was in the downhill and seventh in super-G, she won behind American Lindsey Vonn and the French Marie Marchand - Arvier the bronze medal. On February 28, 2009 Fischbacher won the World Cup downhill in Bansko, after they had already become second the day before at the first exit, and thus secured behind Vonn second in downhill World Cup. In the overall World Cup they reached the tenth.

In the 2009/10 season Fischbacher initially scored several top 10 results to her on January 31, 2010 in the Super- G in St. Moritz the next podium succeeded. The biggest success of her career was celebrating the 24 -year-old at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Having a medal missed in downhill skiing in fourth only by 0.03 seconds, it won before the Slovenian Tina Maze and Lindsey Vonn of the Super -G and thus became Austria's third Olympic champion in this discipline by Sigrid Wolf ( 1988) and Michaela Dorfmeister (2006 ). The World Cup season she finished fifth in the super-G standings and as the year in tenth in the overall World Cup. In November 2010 she was awarded the Austrian Sportswoman of the Year.

In the 2010/11 season Fischbacher has long remained without first World Cup podium. Several times but she missed such a narrowly, as with her ​​best result of the season, fourth place in the downhill in Cortina d' Ampezzo on January 22, 2011. During the 2011 World Championships in Garmisch -Partenkirchen she scored ninth in the downhill and space 25 in the giant slalom. In the super -G she left. In the 2011/12 season Fischbacher only drove in three races in the top ten. In the 2012/13 season Fischbacher only drove in a race in the top ten.

In the 2013/14 season followed with the non- nomination for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, another low blow in her career. Quite surprisingly, Fischbacher succeeded in the first race after the Olympics, the downhill in Crans -Montana, her third World Cup victory.


Andrea Fischbacher lives in Eben im Pongau and is the second cousin of Hermann Maier and snowboarders Alexander Maier. In summer 2005, she graduated from basic training at the Austrian Federal and subsequently joined as a soldier in the army time sports center Rif.


Olympic games

  • Turin 2006: 13 Super -G
  • Vancouver 2010: 1 Super -G, 4th exit

World Championships

  • Bormio 2005: 7 Super -G
  • Val d'Isere 2009: 3 Super -G, 7 Downhill, Giant Slalom 24
  • Garmisch -Partenkirchen, 2011: 9, exit 25 Giant Slalom
  • Schladming 2013: 8 downhill, super-G 9

Junior World Championships

  • Briançonnais 2003: 8 Giant Slalom, Downhill 14
  • Maribor 2004: 1 Super -G, 7 combination, 10 Giant Slalom, Downhill 14, 23 Slalom
  • Bardonecchia 2005: 1 Super -G

World Cup

  • Season 2008/ 09: 2nd downhill World Cup
  • Season 2009/ 10: 5 Super - G World Cup
  • Season 2013/14: 8 downhill World Cup
  • 10 podiums including 3 victories:

* Same time as Fabienne Suter

European Cup

  • Season 2003/ 04: 4th overall, 2nd Super -G standings
  • Season 2004/ 05: 1 Rating, 2 Super -G standings
  • 11 podiums including 3 victories:

Other successes

  • Austrian Junior Champion in Super G, Giant Slalom and in combination in 2003 and the Super -G in 2004
  • Austrian Vice Champion in the Super- G in 2006 and 2010 as well as in the downhill in 2006
  • 8 wins in FIS races (3x Super -G, Giant Slalom 2x, 2x Slalom, Downhill 1x )


  • 2009: Golden Medal of Merit of the Republic of Austria
  • 2010: Austrian Sportswoman of the Year