Michaela Dorfmeister

Olympic medalist

Michaela Dorfmeister (born 25 March, 1973 in Vienna) is a professional alpine skier from Austria. Her specialities are both the Downhill and Super-G disciplines, although she skis in and has had success in Giant Slalom.

The only daughter of a butcher by trade, Dorfmeister lived in Vienna until she was 6. She later studied at the Schladming ski academy, which has produced many of Austria's skiing greats.

Dorfmeister raced her first international season in 1983 and entered her first World Cup race in 1991 at Serre Chevalier coming 26th. Her first podium place was in 1995 at the St. Anton downhill when she was 1st. This was followed by a total of 24 victories (8 in downhill, 8 in Super-G and 8 in Giant Slalom)

In 2000 she won the World Cup for Giant Slalom, and in 2002 the aggregate World Cup. She won two more speciality World Cups, in 2003 (Downhill) and 2005 (Super-G). At the 2006 Winter Olympics, she won the gold medal in the Downhill and Super-G races.