Mario Scheiber ( born March 6, 1983 in Lienz, East Tyrol ) is an Austrian former alpine skier. In his career, which was interrupted several times by injuries, get him thirteen podium finishes in World Cup races, but no victory. His strengths lay mainly in the speed disciplines Downhill and Super- G, but also in the Giant Slalom and Super Combined, he reached good results.
Scheiber lives in St. Jakob in Defereggen and completed the Skigymnasium in Stams. Very early he came to the ski club of his hometown and soon he managed to inclusion in the squad of the Tyrolean Ski Association. The age of 15 he played his first FIS race in November 1998. Scheiber developed into a good all-rounder. In 2000 he was in his age group three times Austrian Youth Champion ( downhill, super -G and slalom) and subsequently included in the junior squad of the Austrian Ski Federation ( Austrians ). In January 2001, he arrived at the race in Altenmarkt in the European Cup for the first time to use, but remained still far away from the points. Three weeks later, he finished at the Junior World Championship 2001 in twelfth place in the slalom. After another without points European Cup race in January and February 2002 Scheiber won at the Junior World Championship 2002, the silver medal in the downhill and thus promotion to the B-team of the Austrian Ski Federation.
In the season 2002/ 03 Scheiber already reached several top - 10 finishes in the European Cup. On February 19, he was placed third in the downhill in Tarvisio, for the first time on the podium. A little later he won at the same time with the Swiss Daniel Albrecht the gold medal in the giant slalom and bronze in the Super -G at the 2003 World Junior Championships. As a junior world champion for the first time he could start the season finale at Hafjell in the World Cup, but he left in the second run of the giant slalom from. Scheiber was end of March 2003 Austrian champion in the super -G and increased after this winter in the Austrian Ski -A- squad. He celebrated on 18 December 2003 in the downhill at Passo Tonale his first victory in the European Cup and was followed by three additional podiums in the 2003/04 season fifth in the overall standings and each third in the downhill and super-G standings, with which he is in these disciplines for the next winter secured a Fixstartplatz in the World Cup.
Already in the third World Cup race of the season 2004/ 05 was Scheiber as the third in the Super G in Beaver Creek for the first time on the podium. In February and March, two second places followed in the slopes of Garmisch -Partenkirchen and Kvitfjell. At winter's end he was able to classify in the top ten in both the downhill and super-G World Cup. After the glaciers start in Sölden at the beginning of the season 2005/06 Scheiber injured on 13 November 2005 at the giant slalom training in Sun Peaks difficult. He suffered a torn ACL in his right knee and was sidelined the rest of the winter. Already in his second World Cup race of the season 2006/ 07, the Super -G in Lake Louise, Scheiber was back on the podium. In December he achieved two third places in the two departures from Bormio and in March he was again second in the Super G in Kvitfjell. Also in the Giant Slalom and Super Combined reach him top 10 results, which he placed ninth in the overall World Cup and downhill World Cup and fourth place in the Super- G World Cup. As a possible medal contender but he went at the 2007 World Championships in Åre according to eighth place in the downhill and super-G in the eleventh empty-handed.
In the World Cup season 2007/ 08 Scheiber achieved three podium places: He was in the Super G in Beaver Creek and in the departure of Kitzbühel each second and finished third in the Super G in Kitzbuehel third place. On March 6, 2008, his 25th birthday, but he was injured badly in the giant slalom training in Maria Alm at the left shoulder. After an operation he had to prematurely end the season. Due to a recent injury the following season 2008/ 09 was for Scheiber after only three races to an end: He retired on 30 November 2008 at the Super G in Lake Louise without a fall cartilage and meniscus damage in the knee and could because of persistent participate in pain the rest of the winter at no additional race.
His comeback now third in the World Cup was Scheiber 25 October 2009 in Sölden in the first giant slalom of the season 2009/10. After it had not been run in the first race of the winter as desired and he had still drawn to the downhill training in Beaver Creek cartilage damage in his left knee, he reached on 19 December at the exit in Val Gardena in second the podium. Ten days later, he drove in the downhill in Bormio again the second fastest time, but was disqualified due to high standing height in the ski boot. At the 2010 Winter Olympics in downhill Scheiber came in fourth place and missed a medal at twelve hundredths of a second. At the World Cup finals in Garmisch -Partenkirchen, he went second in the downhill again on the podium. In Downhill and Super - G World Cup, he came fifth.
The 2010/11 season began Scheiber with a second place in the departure of Lake Louise, which was followed by another top -5 results. On 27 January 2011, he crashed heavily in Chamonix in downhill training on the slopes of La Verte. Scheiber suffered a broken nose and a nasal sinus fracture and a broken right collarbone and had to turn to finish the season prematurely. After he did not participate at the beginning of the next winter because of back pain at the North American races can, he gave his renewed comeback December 16, 2011 in ninth place in the Super G in Val Gardena - his 100th World Cup race. Due to increasing pain in his right knee, he drove the rest of the 2011/12 season only once among the fastest 20 On March 12 2012 said Scheiber because of the health problems his retirement from alpine ski racing.
Since the summer of 2013 Scheiber is part of the coaching staff of the Austrian Ski and looks after the European Cup team of ladies.
- Vancouver 2010: 4th exit 20 Super -G
- Åre 2007: 8 exit 11 Super -G
Junior World Championships
- Verbier 2001: 12 Slalom
- Tarvisio 2002: 2nd exit
- Briançonnais 2003: 1 Giant Slalom, Super -G 3
- Season 2004/ 05: 8 Downhill World Cup, 9th super- G World Cup
- Season 2006/ 07: 9 Overall World Cup super- G World Cup 4, 9 Downhill World Cup
- Season 2007/ 08: 9 super- G World Cup
- Season 2009/ 10: 5 Downhill World Cup, 5th Super - G World Cup
- 13 podiums
- Season 2003/ 04: 5th overall, 3rd exit rating, third Super -G standings
- 5 podiums and 1 win:
- Austrian Champion in the Super- G in 2003
- 3 wins in FIS races (1x Giant Slalom, Slalom 2x )