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Radstadt – home of great athletes and sports personalities

The Home of Champions

There can hardly be another place like Radstadt in Austria; one that can lay claim to so many top athletes, sportsmen and sportswomen, expressed as a percentage of the overall population. Since the mid-20th century the town’s history has been built on a reputation as the home of champions. Putzi Frandl, Walter Habersatter, Roswitha Steiner, Andreas Schifferer and Hannes Reichelt are just some of the athletes to have become international celebrities in the world of sports.

 

At least one citizen of Radstadt has competed at the Winter Olympics since 1956! That is except for 1980, when two of Radstadt’s cross-country skiers, Walter Mayer and Peter Juric – who had already been nominated, were left at home in favour of two ski jumpers. Walter Mayer gained his revenge for deselection two weeks later by winning the world-famous ‘Wasalauf’ in Sweden.

Walter Habersatter Archiv Tourismusverband Radstadt Stadtgemeinde Radstadt 1
Archiv Tourismusverband Radstadt & Stadtgemeinde Radstadt
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Archiv Tourismusverband Radstadt & Stadtgemeinde Radstadt
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Archiv Tourismusverband Radstadt & Stadtgemeinde Radstadt

Winter sports pioneers

However, the town’s sporting history stretches further back. Skiclub Radstadt was founded in 1910, and from 1924 Radstadt was able to boast Austria’s largest ski jumping hill. Ultimately, in 1946/47, the town decided to install Austria’s first chair lifts, much of the work being conducted by local labourers and businesses, thus creating the foundations for many great successes in the years ahead. The first fruits of these labours were harvested in 1956 as Josefa 'Putzi' Frandl won the giant slalom silver medal at the Winter Olympics in Cortina d'Ampezzo. A second Radstadt athlete, the ski jumper Walter Habersatter, also competed in those games. From then on, male and female athletes from Radstadt have always been seen on the podiums at top sporting events. As you see, Radstadt has earned the right to call itself the Home of Champions!

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Alpine skiing
Josefa Frandl Privat 1
Josefa Frandl Privat
Date of birth

5th July 1930

 

Successes
  • Giant slalom silver medal at the Olympics & World Championships in Cortina d'Ampezzo in 1956 
  • Slalom silver medal at the 1958 World Championships in Bad Gastein
  • 'Combination' bronze medal at the 1958 World Championships in Bad Gastein
  • Winner of numerous FIS races (precursor of the World Cup) between 1952 and 1960
  • 4-time Austrian Champion (giant slalom 1955, downhill, giant slalom and combination in 1958)
  • Winner of the slalom in 1955 and 1957 at the Hahnenkamm race in Kitzbühel
  • 1957 best slalom skier
What I love about my home town of Radstadt

“My uncle Sepp was a ski instructor, and he taught me to ski at the tender age of 2 years. As a youngster I had to cycle back and forth to work between Radstadt and Altenmarkt, so I was always very fit. The many hours spent in the gym in Radstadt and the healthy meals made from fresh, local produce rounded off the package. I enjoyed a very close sense of sporting camaraderie with the ski jumper Walter Habersatter, and that gave us both extra mutual motivation. In the years 1946 and 1947, thanks to the generous support of Radstadt Ski Club, particularly Dr. Paul Maschke, Walter Gefäll and Otto Fritsch senior, I was able to participate in my first real training sessions – and that formed the basis for my later success. I have lived in the USA since 1961, but Radstadt has always had a big place in my heart. I’m often delighted to receive visitors from my old home town, so I’ve never lost contact.”

Josefa Frandl Privat 2
Josefa Frandl Privat
Josefa Frandl Privat 3
Josefa Frandl Privat
Josefa Frandl Privat 4
Josefa Frandl Privat
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Josefa Frandl Privat
Roswitha Steiner Stadlober Tirolfoto Erich Spiess 1
Tirolfoto/Erich Spiess
Date of birth

19th June 1963

 

Successes
  • Second place in the 1987 World Championship slalom in Crans Montana
  • 2-time overall slalom World Cup winner in 1985/86 and 1987/88
  • 8-time slalom World Cup winner
  • Austrian champion (multiple times)
  • Twice 2nd at Olympic Games - 1984 in Sarajevo and 1988 in Calgary
  • 1986 - Austrian Sports Personality of the Year
  • Holder on numerous awards presented by the Austrian Republic,  the Province of Salzburg, the Austrian Skiing Association and the Salzburg Province Ski Association
What I love about my home town of Radstadt

“I grew up at the bottom of the Königslehen lifts in Radstadt, so skiing started right outside our front door. That enabled me to spend every free minute out on the slopes, which was of great benefit to my later sporting career. The excellent sports infrastructure and central location of the town made it easy for me to continue to make this wonderful small town the centre of my world. Radstadt, my home town, offers a high standard of living and great quality of life, both in summer and in wintertime.”

Roswitha Steiner Stadlober Tirolfoto Erich Spiess 2
Tirolfoto/Erich Spiess
Roswitha Steiner Stadlober Tirolfoto Erich Spiess 3
Tirolfoto/Erich Spiess
Andreas Schifferer Tirolfoto Erich Spiess 1
Tirolfoto/Erich Spiess
Date of birth

3rd August 1974

 

Successes
  • Bronze medal in the giant slalom at the 1997 World Championships in Sestriere
  • Bronze medal in super-G at the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City
  • Overall downhill World Cup winner in 1997/98
  • 2nd place in the overall World Cup in 1997/98
  • 7 wins in World Cup downhill racing
  • 1 win in a World Cup super-G race
  • Europa Cup overall winner in 1994/95
  • Europa Cup overall downhill winner in 1994/95
  • 9-time Austrian Champion in downhill and super-G
What I love about my home town of Radstadt

I’m surrounded by nature and skiing slopes.
I was able to coordinate school and skiing training perfectly with German Bauregger.
Radstadt is always open to all kinds of sports.
Radstadt is a place that allows me to gather my strength.

Radstadt is a town where people still know each other.

Andreas Schifferer Tirolfoto Erich Spiess 2
Tirolfoto/Erich Spiess
Andreas Schifferer Tirolfoto Erich Spiess 3
Tirolfoto/Erich Spiess
Andreas Schifferer Tirolfoto Erich Spiess 4
Tirolfoto/Erich Spiess
Hannes Reichelt Tirolfoto Erich Spiess 1
Tirolfoto/Erich Spiess
Date of birth

5th July 1980

 

Successes
  • Super-G World Champion in Vail in 2015
  • Super-G World Championship runner-up in Garmisch in 2011
  • 4th in Super-G at the 2013 World Championships in Schladming
  • Winner of the Super-G World Cup competition in 2007/08
  • Winner of the Hahnenkamm downhill race down the Streif in Kitzbühel in 2014
  • 13 World Cup victories, 44 World Cup top-3 finishes
  • 13 Europa Cup victories, 28 Europa Cup top-3 finishes
  • 7-time Austrian Champion
    (combination: 2003, giant slalom 2006 & 2009, super-G 2009, 2012 & 2016, downhill 2017)
  • 2 bronze medals at the Junior World Championships (combination and super-G)
What I love about my home town of Radstadt

“I grew up in Radstadt. By putting in a great deal of hard work, with the benefit of perfect conditions, a bit of good luck, the support of so many people – above all my parents, Radstadt Ski Club and my trainer German Bauregger, I’ve been able to make my childhood dream come true. Today, several years on, I can look back on many highs and lows in my career. Skiing has always been a big part of my life, and Radstadt has always provided ideal skiing opportunities. This is where I savour my time away from the world of the slopes – a place where friends and family provide all the moral support I need, and where I can recharge and recover.”

Hannes Reichelt Tirolfoto Erich Spiess 2
Tirolfoto/Erich Spiess
Hannes Reichelt Tirolfoto Erich Spiess 3
Tirolfoto/Erich Spiess
Hannes Reichelt Tirolfoto Erich Spiess 4
Tirolfoto/Erich Spiess
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Cross-country skiing
Walter Mayer Tirolfoto Erich Spiess 1
Tirolfoto/Erich Spiess
Date of birth

17th March 1957

 

Successes
  • Winner of the famous Wasa race in 1980
  • 2nd place in the Wasa race in 1992
  • Winner of the Marcialonga in Italy in 1983
  • 12-time Austrian Champion
  • Olympic competitor in 1984
  • World Championship competitor in 1978 and 1982
  • Winner of numerous people's cross-country races
  • Silver badge of honour for services to the Republic of Austria in 2001
What I love about my home town of Radstadt

“The opportunities Radstadt provides for sports enthusiasts, whether in the summer or the winter, are absolutely unique. I didn’t always have a rosy childhood, but the people at Radstadt Ski Club – Walter Gefäll, Dr. Paul Maschke  - and others, such as Father Franz Zimmermann, gave me support without which I would never have been able to enjoy such a career. The fact that the people of Radstadt have stood by me in the good times and the bad is just another reason why Radstadt is and always will be my home.”

Walter Mayer Privat 3
Walter Mayer Privat
Walter Mayer Privat 2
Walter Mayer Privat
Walter Mayer Privat 1
Walter Mayer Privat
Peter Juric Privat 2
Peter Juric Privat
Date of birth

4th May 1958

 

Successes
  • 18-time Austrian Champion (10, 15, 30 and 50 km)
  • 6th in the relay at the 1978 World Championships in Lahti
  • 4th at the 1978 Junior World Championships in Murau
  • 9th in the 50 km run at the 1978 World Championships in Lahti
  • 3rd in the 1980 Dolomites race (World Loppet)
  • 5th in the 1980 Marcialonga (World Loppet)
  • 3rd in the Birkebeiner/Norway (World Loppet)
  • 18th in the Wasa race in 1982
  • Olympic competitor in Sarajevo in 1984
  • World Championship competitor in 1978 (Lahti), 1982 (Oslo) and 1985 (Seefeld)
What I love about my home town of Radstadt

“In Radstadt there are lots of nice people, and sports enthusiasts who are still prepared to give of their spare time for their sports. Without the fantastic and generous support of Radstadt Ski Club I would never have been able to be so involved in the sport. I have a lot to thank Radstadt for. Ultimately, in their hearts, people who are born and grow up in Radstadt, belong to Radstadt for the rest of their lives.”

Peter Juric Privat 1
Peter Juric Privat
Gundrun Pflueger Sportimpuls Johannes Langer 1
Sportimpuls/Johannes Langer
Date of birth

18th August 1972

 

Successes

Cross-country skiing

  • Overall winner of the Worldloppet 1996/97
  • 5 wins in the individual start – Worldloppet tour
  • Winner of the American Birkebeiner (50 km) 1996 and 1997
  • Winner of the Tartu Marathon (Estonia, 65 km) 1997
  • Winner of the Gatineau Loppet Quebec (55 km) 1998
  • 9-time national champion (individual)
  • 3-time national champion (relay)
  • 2-time World Championships competitor (1993 & 1995)

 

Running

  • 4x winner of the mountain runners’ World Trophy (1992, 1994, 1995, 1996), 2nd in 1993
  • 4 national championships – Cross (individual)
  • 2 national championships – Cross (team)
  • 2 national championships – Mountain running
  • 1 national championships – Half marathon
What I love about my home town of Radstadt

“During my active career, not only was I lucky enough to see half of the globe, I was also privileged to be able to come back home to Radstadt. Radstadt Ski Club has always been like a second family to me. The people of Radstadt always celebrated when I won, and there is a great understanding for sport among the people here. That’s really important right now to ensure the young people of Radstadt have good reasons to stay in – or return to – Radstadt after their studies. More sports infrastructure would be a great thing, as they are always ideal meeting places that enhance what bonds us and break down the walls that divide us. Our local mountain in Radstadt, the Rossbrand, has a very special and magical significance for me – and it’s one I’m able to explore from a wide range of perspectives.”

Gundrun Pflueger Sportimpuls Johannes Langer 2
Sportimpuls/Johannes Langer
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OESV
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OELV
Teresa Stadlober Tirolfoto Erich Spiess 1
Tirolfoto/Erich Spiess
Date of birth

1st February 1993

 

Successes
  • Gold & silver at the 2013 Junior World Championships in Liberec
  • Bronze at the 2014 U23 World Championships in Val di Fiemme
  • 7th place at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang
  • 4x competitor at World Championships (2013, 2015, 2017, 2019) with 4 top ten finishes
  • 2nd & 3rd place in the World Cup in Val di Fiemme in 2018
  • 5th place overall in the Tour de Ski 2017/18
  • Currently 38x top ten World Cup finishes
  • 8th place in the overall World Cup table for 2017/18
What I love about my home town of Radstadt

“Radstadt is the place I call home. I grew up here, and it was here I had the chance to try out a wide range of sporting activities. I ended up on the cross-country trails, like my father. In the winter I rack up countless training kilometres on the perfectly prepared trails in and around Radstadt, and in the summertime Radstadt is the ideal starting point for cycling and running tours. As someone who travels a lot due to my sport, I always look forward to coming home again. Radstadt is where I can recharge my inner batteries, and relax – it’s home.”

Teresa Stadlober Tirolfoto Erich Spiess 2
Tirolfoto/Erich Spiess
Teresa Stadlober Modica Nordicfocus 2
Modica/NordicFocus
Teresa Stadlober Modica Nordicfocus 1
Modica/NordicFocus
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Ski Jumping
Walter Habersatter Privat 2
Walter Habersatter Privat
Date of Birth

14th March 1930

† 30th May 2018

 

Successes
  • Austrian Champion in 1955
  • Kongsberg Cup winner in 1956
  • Winner of the Swiss ‘Springertournee’ 1957
  • Winner of the Bischofshofen stage of the Four Hills Tournament in 1959
  • 2nd overall in the Four Hills Tournament in 1959
  • Winner of the Sweden Tour in 1959
  • 3rd in the Russian Tour in 1959
  • Best-of-the-day (Kulm), 3rd place in the Flight Week in 1959
  • World-ranked no.1 in 1959
  • 2-time Olympics competitor (1956, 1960)
  • 2-time World Championships competitor (1958, 1962)
  • ÖSV trainer 1965/66
What I love about my home town of Radstadt

“Without the immense support I was given by Radstadt Ski Club, the people of the town and by my parents, I would never have reached such sporting heights. The solidarity and camaraderie were unsurpassed, and the unpaid help of idealistic volunteers in the town paved the way for a career at the top of my sport. Working together with a handful of pioneers, I was all the more pleased to be able to pay back the people of Radstadt by way of the construction of the Königslehen ski lifts in the mid 1960s, and during my many years as president of the Sportwelt Amadé region.”

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Walter Habersatter Privat
Walter Habersatter Privat 1
Walter Habersatter Privat
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Snowboard
Mathias Weissenbacher Tirolfoto Erich Spiess 1
Tirolfoto/Erich Spiess
Date of birth

3rd February 1992

 

Successes
  • 1st place: World Tour Stop Big Air / Fridge Big Air Obertauern in 2016
  • Competitor at the Winter Olympics in Sochi in 2014
  • 1st place: Red Bull Nanshan Open Slopestyle in China in 2014
  • 5th place: Air & Style Big Air in Peking in 2013
  • 1st place: Nescafe Champs Leysin Slopestyle, Switzerland, in 2013
  • 4th place: Air & Style Big Air in Peking in 2012
  • 1st place: Austrian Championships – Slopestyle, in Westendorf in 2011
  • 1st place: Austrian Championships – Halfpipe in Innsbruck in 2011
What I love about my home town of Radstadt

“Born and bred in Radstadt, I greatly appreciate the way the people in and around the town pull together, and the fact that everybody knows each other! The support provided for young people in sport begins here at a very young age. What I really love about Radstadt is the location at the heart of the Ski amadé skiing area. In 10 – 15 minutes I can reach almost all of the best-known skiing and snowboarding hotspots.”

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Mathias Weissenbacher Privat
Mathias Weissenbacher Markus Rohrbacher 1
Markus Rohrbacher
Mathias Weissenbacher Gert Perauer 1
Gert Perauer
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Building the foundations for success
German Bauregger Skiclub Radstadt Christian Hochwimmer Photography 1
Skiclub Radstadt/Christian Hochwimmer Photography
Date of birth

19th October 1946

 

Yes! There are still idealists working in the world of sport! These are the people who lay the foundations for the later sporting successes of others, who give up so much of their free time, and make incredible sacrifices. People like German Bauregger of Radstadt. A member of Radstadt Ski Club since 1958, he has worked as a trainer for over 50 years! He has been the key to shaping the careers of so many young local athletes who have gone on to success down the years. Roswitha Steiner, Andi Schifferer and Hannes Reichelt are just three such pupils to have passed through his school. As a FIS technical delegate, he worked all over Europe. Moreover, Bauregger was the head organiser on the organisation team, and race director of many major races for the Europa Cup, FIS and Austrian Championships.

Due to his untiring efforts, together with his team of volunteers from Radstadt Skiclub, whose president he has been since 1999, he has earned many accolades for his sporting work with young people, and enhanced the excellent reputation of the province of Salzburg as a winter sports destination. He has also played important roles for the success of football and cycling in the area, having twice managed to make Radstadt a stage start and finish in the Tour of Austria, and has always played a decisive role.

What I love about my home town of Radstadt
  • The natural environment in and around Radstadt is still intact
  • The diverse range of sporting and recreational opportunities
  • The area still generally offers great value-for-money
  • The central location of the town in the heart of Austria
  • The local clubs and associations that ensure the area comes to life for guests and for locals all year round
  • Our schools, and the entire range of cultural and educational opportunities provided
German Bauregger Skiclub Radstadt Christian Hochwimmer Photography 2
Skiclub Radstadt/Christian Hochwimmer Photography
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Skiclub Radstadt/Christian Hochwimmer Photography
German Bauregger Skiclub Radstadt Thomas Stiegler 1
Skiclub Radstadt/Thomas Stiegler

Following in the footsteps of the local Sports stars

The Walk of Sports in Radstadt

Since the 1950s, Salzburger Sportwelt has forged the careers of many top athletes: From those of the World Championship silver medal winner Putzi Frandl, and Walter Habersatter, the world’s best ski jumper in 1959, to the slalom queen Roswitha Steiner-Stadlober and skiing legend Annemarie Moser-Pröll, and of greats such as Hermann Maier and Hannes Reichelt. None of these successes were the products of coincidence. Every single one of these athletes had to push themselves beyond their limits and make incredible sacrifices to get to the very top. As a sign of its respect for their achievements, the town of Radstadt decided to honour them with a Walk of Sports in the centre of town, similar to the Hollywood ‘Walk of Fame’. Visitors can marvel at the 32 stars installed around the centre of town.

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Stadtmarketing Radstadt/Werbeagentur Doppelpack