Gregor Schlierenzauer

The flying Austrian

Gregor Schlierenzauer jumps during the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup in Lillehammer (Lysgårdsbakken, HS 100), Norway on December 6, 2015.
© Christian Koch/Red Bull Content Pool

Hi, my name is Gregor Schlierenzauer. My discipline is ski jumping/flying. My friends call me Schlieri. I was born on 7 January 1990 in Innsbruck, Austria. My special talent is photography. My philosophy of life is be yourself – and take some time for yourself. My favourite food is pasta and lasagne. My favourite music is anything from Kings of Leon to Aloe Blacc.


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. 

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Career Highlights

  1. 2015
    1. 1st Place: FIS Ski Jumping Grand Prix

      Hinzenbach, Austria

  2. 2015
    1. 2nd Place: FIS Nordic World Ski Championships - Large Hill

      Schlierenzauer also took second place in the Team Large Hill competition

      Falun, Sweden

  3. 2014
    1. 3rd Place Overall: FIS Ski Jumping World Cup - Ski Flying

    2. 2nd Place: Winter Olympics - Ski Jumping - Men's Team

      As part of the Austrian Olympic Team

      Sochi, Russia

  4. 2013
    1. Overall FIS World Cup Champion

      With 1st Places also in Ski Flying and Four Hills

  5. 2012
    1. 2nd Place Overall: FIS Ski Jumping World Cup

      With 1st Place in Four Hills

  6. 2011
    1. 1st Place Overall: FIS Ski Jumping World Cup - Ski Flying

    2. 1st Place: FIS Nordic World Ski Championships

      Gregor won gold in the individual large hill, team normal hill and team large hill events

      Oslo, Norway