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Austrian Women's Alpine Ski Racing Team

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The Austrian Women's Alpine Ski Team is led by veteran Katherine Zettel and a younger Anna Fenninger, but carries a lot of skiers that focus on individual disciplines and that can always lead to some dark horse medaling.

For example, on the 2013 FIS World Cup alpine race circuit the Austrian team had nineteen women earn FIS points, and placed eight different women on podiums, totaling twenty-three medals - yet only Fenniger and Zettel finished in the top ten Overall rankings.

That said, it becomes obvious the team coaching strategy is picking the youngsters to specialize much more then the other top teams. However, with a lot of players capable of laying down a good run in their disciples it can be a crap shoot who to suit up for the big game - the latest skier to podium or a more tried and true contender.

At the hometown 2013 FIS World Championships in Schladming, Austria, the ladies were able to pick up a total of three medals - one silver and two bronze. The silver was Michaela Kirchgasser's second to USA's Mikaela Shiffrin and the team started five women in that slalom event including veterans Hosp, Zettel and Schild.

A lot of arrows in the quiver, but the gold medal bulls eye has been hard to hit at the recent big shows - Anna Fenninger had the only gold in the Vancouver Olympics. That's not to say the Austrians won't be going all out at Sochi because the Austrian fans - worse than Yankee fans when the Yanks aren't on top - are probably already ringing cowbells, screaming for Olympic Gold and demanding a new Annemarie Moser-Proell.

Andrea Fischbacher

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At the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics Andrea Fischbacher was 1st in the super G to take the gold medal and 4th in the Downhill. At the 2013 FIS World Ski Championships in Schladming, Austria, she was 8th in the Downhill and 9th in the super G and at Garmisch Partenkirchen, Germany, in 2011 Fischbacher was 9th in the Downhill, 25th in Giant Slalom and DNF1 in the super G.

Anna Fenninger

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At the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver Anna Fenninger was 16th in super G and 25th in Downhill. At the 2013 FIS World Ski Championships in Schladming, Austria, Fenninger was 3rd the Giant Slalom for the bronze medal, 11th in Downhill and in 2011 at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, she was 1st in the Super Combined to take the gold medal and 5th in the super G.

Bernadette Schild

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Bernadette Schild has yet to race in an Olympic Winter Games competition. At the 2013 FIS World Ski Championships in Schladming, Austria she was 12th in Slalom.

Cornelia Huetter

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Cornelia Huetter has yet to compete in an Olympic Winter Games competition nor has she competed in an FIS World Ski Championship event.

Cornelia Huetter has been selected as a 2013 Longines Rising Ski Star.

Elisabeth Goergl

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At the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics Elisabeth Goergl was 3rd in the Giant Slalom for the bronze medal, 5th in super G, 7th in Slalom and 18th in the Super Combined. At the 2013 FIS World Ski Championships in Schladming, Austria, she finished 6th in Super Combined, 10th in the Downhill, 11th in super G and 23rd in Giant Slalom. At Garmisch Partenkirchen 1n 2011 Goergl was 1st in the Downhill and 1st in the Super G for two gold medals, 9th in Super Combined and 10th in Giant Slalom.

Eva-Maria Brem

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At the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics Eva-Maria Brem was 7th in the Giant Slalom. Brem has yet to race in an FIS World Ski Championship event.

Kathrin Zettel

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At the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, Kathrin Zettel was 4th in the Super Combined, 5th in the Giant Slalom and 13th in Slalom. At the 2013 FIS World Ski Championships in Schladming, Austria she was 4th the Giant Slalom, 5th in the Super Combined and 10th in the Slalom. In 2011 at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, Zettel finished 2nd in Slalom for the silver medal and 12th in the Giant Slalom.

Marlies Schild

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At the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, Marlies Schild was 9th in Slalom and in the 2006 Olympics in Torino, Italy, she finished 2nd in Combined for the silver medal, 3rd in Slalom for the bronze medal and 17th in Giant Slalom. At the 2013 FIS World Ski Championships in Schladming, Austria, Marlies Schild was 9th in Slalom and at Garmisch-Partenkirchen in 2011 she finished 1st in Slalom for the gold medal, and 8th in Giant Slalom. At Are, Sweden in 2007 Schild was 2nd in Slalom for the silver medal, 3rd in Super Combined to take the bronze medal.

Michaela Kirchgasser

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At the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver Michaela Kirchgasser was 9th in the Super Combined, 15th in Giant Slalom and DNF2 in the Slalom. At the 2013 FIS World Ski Championships in Schladming, Austria, Kirchgasser was 2nd in the Slalom for the silver Medal, 4th in the Super Combined and DSQ1 in the Giant Slalom.

Nicole Hosp

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In the 2006 Winter Olympics at Torino, Italy, Nicole Hosp was 2nd in Slalom for the silver medal, 4th in the Giant Slalom and 5th in the Combined. At the 2013 FIS World Ski Championships in Schladming, Austria, she was 3rd in the Super Combined for the bronze medal and 15th in the Slalom. In 2011 at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, Hosp finished 12th in super G, 12th in the Super Combined and 18th in the Slalom.
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