Despite not repeating his double gold medal-performance from Sochi 2014, Markus Salcher still showed good form at PyeongChang 2018. The Austrian alpine skier claimed double bronze in the men´s downhill and super-G standing.
He also ended third in the overall World Cup standings.
A year before, Salcher enjoyed a successful World Championships in Tarvisio, Italy, just over the border from his home town of Klagenfurt. His exceptional talent for speed came to the fore, and he left with golds in super-G and downhill, regaining the titles he won in 2013.
The Austrian, born with the right side of his body paralysed, is one of the younger standing skiers on the national team.
A graduate of World Para Alpine Skiing’s 2006 development camp, at age 22 the young hopeful surprised doubters in 2013-14 by finishing atop the world rankings after capturing world titles in the men’s downhill and super-G.
Salcher has gone from strength to strength, climbing the world rankings since competing at Vancouver 2010.
The Austrian carries alpine skiing in his blood. His father was a coach of the Austrian team at Torino 2006 and his brother Moritz also competes in alpine skiing for an Austrian sports club.
In 2015-16, Salcher finished second in the overall men's standing World Cup, helped by wins in super-G and downhill.
In 2016-17 he improved to first place in both disciplines. He also claimed the overall men's standing World Cup.
Further personal information
Sport specific information
In 2008 he broke the tibia bone in his right leg. (IPC, 10 Feb 2018)
In 2018 and 2020 he was named Male Para Athlete of the Year in the Carinthia region of Austria. (meinbezirk.at, 12 Apr 2021; kleinezeitung.at, 22 Dec 2018)
He was named Male Para Athlete of the Year in Austria in 2014 and 2017. (IPC, 10 Feb 2018; paralympic.org, 31 Oct 2014)
He was flag bearer for Austria at the closing ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (sochi2014.com, 15 Mar 2014)
He is making his fourth appearance at the Paralympic Winter Games in 2022, where he is looking to add to his tally of five medals [two gold, three bronze]. "Because the Paralympics are only every four years, it can never be 'business as usual'. The Games are always special. I'm happy to be able to compete for medals again, even if it's a bit different this time. At the previous Paralympics we always had a test event a year before, but this year there is a big question mark as to what the course will be like. Everything has become more professional [since he began competing in Para alpine skiing]. We are now integrated into the Olympic centres and can make good use of the structure. The competition is bigger, the fight for medals has become tougher. That's how it should be, because the sport is gaining in value." (oepc.at, 10 Feb 2022)
In 2017 he began serving as an ambassador for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. "As an ambassador, it is important for me to make sport accessible to all groups in society. Last year  I launched the project 'Be There' with a focus on barrier-free ski access in Nassfeld [Austria]. We want to equip families or school classes with accessible sports equipment. Skiing should be possible for everyone." (meinbezirk.at, 10 Nov 2020, 27 Oct 2019; IPC, 10 Feb 2018)
He works as a customs officer for the Federal Ministry of Finance in Austria. (bmf.gv.at, 05 Mar 2022)
|Men's Slalom Standing||Final Round||20|
|Men's Giant Slalom Standing||Final Round||9999|
|Men's Super Combined Standing||Final Round||9|
|Men's Super-G Standing||Final Round||8|
|Men's Downhill Standing||Final||2011-01-16||5|
|Men's Super-G Standing||Final||2011-01-18||9|
|Men's Super-Combined Standing||Final||2011-01-19||9|
|Men's Slalom Standing||Final||2011-01-20||9999|
|Men's Giant Slalom Standing||Final||2011-01-21||6|
|Mixed Team Event VI/Sitting/Standing||Final||2011-01-23||6|
|Men's Downhill Standing||Race 1||2013-02-20||1|
|Men's Super-G Standing||Race 1||2013-02-21||1|
|Men's Super-Combined Standing||Race 1||2013-02-25||11|
|Men's Giant Slalom Standing||Race 1||2013-02-26||8|
|Men's Downhill Standing||Final Round||2014-03-08||1|
|Men's Super-G Standing||Final Round||2014-03-09||1|
|Men's Giant Slalom Standing||Final Round||2014-03-15||3|
|Men's Downhill Standing||Race 1||2015-03-04||6|
|Men's Super-G Standing||Race 1||2015-03-05||4|
|Men's Super-Combined Standing||Race 1||2015-03-07||2|
|Men's Giant Slalom Standing||Race 1||2015-03-08||2|
|Men's Downhill Standing||Race 1||2017-01-25||1|
|Men's Super-G Standing||Race 1||2017-01-26||1|
|Men's Super-Combined Standing||Race 1||2017-01-28||3|
|Men's Giant Slalom Standing||Race 1||2017-01-30||7|
|Men's Downhill Standing||Final||2018-03-10||3|
|Men's Super-G Standing||Final||2018-03-11||3|
|Men's Super Combined Standing||Final||2018-03-13||9999|
|Men's Giant Slalom Standing||Final||2018-03-14||5|
|Men's Giant Slalom Standing||Race 1||2019-01-21||11|
|Men's Downhill Standing||Race 1||2019-01-30||2|
|Men's Super-G Standing||Race 1 (from SC)||2019-01-31||3|
|Men's Super-Combined Standing||Race 1||2019-01-31||9999|