Two time gold medalist for the alpine skiing events super G and giant slalom at the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympic Games. He also won a silver and bronze medal at the 2006 Turin games for the same events.
He had growth impairments as a teenager which could have hindered any success he went on to have as an alpine skier.
He won 3 golds, 2 silvers, and a bronze in World Championship events.
He was born in Altenmarkt im Pongau, Salzburg, Austria.
Following his gold medal victories, he appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.