Katharina Liensberger: The steep path to gold


“I think if you really want something, the whole universe will help you achieve it. Today was definitely the day when I succeeded ”, said Katharina Liensberger after her huge success at the ski world championships in Cortina d’Ampezzo.  The  joy of the 23-year-old from Vorarlberg cannot be ignored.

CORTINA D AMPEZZO,ITALY,16.FEB.21 – ALPINE SKIING – FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, parallel giant slalom, ladies. Image shows Katharina Liensberger (AUT). Keywords: medal. Photo: GEPA pictures/ Patrick Steiner

GEPA pictures/ Patrick Steiner

Katharina Liensberger is 23 years old and comes from the 3000 community of Göfis in Vorarlberg

With diligence and consistency to success

But the success does not come from just anywhere, women’s head coach Christian Mitter knows that too. Liensberger is extremely hard-working and consistent in training. You also implement new inputs extremely quickly, says Mitter.

That the 23-year-old has ambition is evident early on. “As a little girl, she didn’t want to ride a bike with training wheels, but without. She wanted to swim, but not with armbands, ”said father Thomas in an interview with the“ Vorarlberger Nachrichten ”. Your ability to stick with things, to want to constantly improve, is outstanding. And that also pays off.

As a pupil, the Göfnerin first attended the ski school in Schruns, later she studied at the ski school in Stams. © www.de24.news The  large-scale medal collecting starts in 2015 practically on your doorstep in Malbun in Liechtenstein. She won gold with the team and a third place in the giant slalom at the European Youth Olympic Games.

Katharina Liensberger in the second slalom run

GEPA pictures/ Patrick Steiner

On the way to slalom gold

Successful career

A year later in January 2016 she made her World Cup debut in Flachau. At that time, however, still without points. This is followed by silver medals at the Junior World Championships in 2017 and 2018. In January 2018, with eighth place in Zagreb, she took her first top ten place in the World Cup.

Just a month later: Olympic silver with the team in South Korea. “It’s like in a movie. Until shortly before the start, I didn’t know that I would be used at all, “said Liensberger, surprised. In 2019 she and her team won silver again at the World Championships in Are.

In the spring that followed, however, a career interlude follows – a dispute over a ski equipment contract that is only resolved after several months – and at the end of which she stays with her ski manufacturer Rossignol.

Petra Vlhova (SVK), Katharina Liensberger (AUT) and Mikaela Shiffrin (USA) at the award ceremony for the World Cup slalom

GEPA pictures/ Harald Steiner

Katharina Liensberger was able to wave off the podium three times in Cortina d’Ampezzo

Three medals in five days

Liensberger is building on her success this season and is growing beyond itself. She drives one top race after the other and takes five podium places in the slalom – several times just past victory.

Last weekend she went one better. © www.de24.news The  23-year-old won three World Cup medals within five days. Gold in the parallel competition, bronze in the giant slalom and then again gold in the slalom on Saturday.

© www.de24.news The  moment to cross the finish line and really be a second ahead is so valuable because I know what I’ve done for it and how many people are supporting me,” announced the double world champion after the slalom race.

  Liensberger (AUT) receives a gold jacket from Martin Fourcade

GEPA pictures / Thomas Bachun

Biathlete Martin Fourcade presented Liensberger with a golden jacket in Cortina as the ambassador of their ski manufacturer

Penchant for gold

© www.de24.news The  23-year-old draws her strength primarily from her environment. Her parents have accompanied her career intensively since she was little. Friend Philip also supports them wherever possible.

In her family, Liensberger has long been known as the “gold girl”, as she said on the ORF program “Guten Morgen Österreich” on Monday. Because since she was 14 years old, she has treated herself to a golden piece for every goal she has personally achieved. In Cortina there were not only two gold medals for her, the newly crowned double world champion also crowned herself the winner of Cortina d’Ampezzo with gold shoes. © www.de24.news The re was a gold jacket from the ski outfitter on top.

Ski world champion Katharina Liensberger

Kathi Liensberger from Vorarlberg has fulfilled her great dream at the World Ski Championships in Cortina d’Ampezzo. “I always wanted to be really fast, possibly one of the fastest skiers in the world.” She succeeded completely.

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Katharina Liensberger steep path gold


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