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Toni Sailer was, from 1956 through his ski victories and his charisma, the first global media star in winter sports. He and his “Kitzbuehel Wonder Ski Team” dominated the ski world for a decade.
3 Olympic gold medals and 7 victories in the World Championships, plus victories on all the classic ski pistes in the world. These are the sporting achievements of Toni Sailer but Toni Sailer was more - a legend in his own lifetime. He was only 22 years young when Toni ended his skiing career.
He attended the Berlin acting school, playing in theaters. films and TV productions. On a visit to Tokyo, he was welcomed by Crown Prince Akihito and 250,000 fans at the airport.
Toni Sailer directed the children's ski school the "Red Devils" for 30 years. In 1999 he was voted the Austrian Sportsman of the Century. The ski hero died on 24 August 2009 at the age of 74 years.
The legendary “Ski Wonder Team” plays a legendary role in the history of Kitzbuehel . For ten years the best skiers in the world all come from Kitzbuehel. Toni Sailer, Ernst Hinterseer, Hias Leitner, Anderl Molterer, Fritz Huber und Christian Pravda dominated the scene between 1950 and 1960. This miracle team won 27 medals in the Olympics and world championships.