With three-time luge Olympic medallist Markus Prock for an uncle, it seems that from an early age Innsbruck's Gregor 'Schlieri' Schlierenzauer was built to fly – on skis, that is.
Thanks to his fine winter sports stock, Gregor began competing at 15 years old in the Continental Cup, during the 2005-06 season. He enrolled at a specialist boarding school in Austria to balance his school life with his sporting career as a rising star of the ski flying world. By 2008, he had won an individual gold and a team gold from the 2008 Oberstdorf World Ski Flying Championship, and two World Ski Championship team titles.
He took his terrific form into the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, where he took the bronze medal for both normal hill and large hill individual events. Gregor’s first Winter Olympics was capped off with a great victory, when he and fellow Austrian teammates Thomas Morgenstern, Wolfgang Loitzl and Andreas Kofler won gold, racking up an extraordinary 1107.9-point score.
By 2014, Gregor had accumulated a phenomenal 50 World Cup wins (a world record), one gold and two bronze Olympic medals from Vancouver, one silver medal from Sochi, ten gold and four silver medals at World Championships, as well as the 2008-09 World Cup title.
In January 2016, Gregor announced that he was taking an "indefinite break" from the sport, but at the age of just 26 the Austrian has time on his side for more success in the future.Read more