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ATHLETES from Austria

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This page contains a list of the greatest Austrian Athletes. The pantheon dataset contains 3,059 Athletes, 40 of which were born in Austria. This makes Austria the birth place of the 28th most number of Athletes behind Greece and South Korea.

Top 10

The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the top 10 most legendary Austrian Athletes of all time. This list of famous Austrian Athletes is sorted by HPI (Historical Popularity Index), a metric that aggregates information on a biography’s online popularity. Visit the rankings page to view the entire list of Austrian Athletes.

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1. Felix Baumgartner (1969 - )

With an HPI of 60.55, Felix Baumgartner is the most famous Austrian Athlete.  His biography has been translated into 61 different languages on wikipedia.

Felix Baumgartner (German: [ˈfeːlɪks ˈbaʊ̯mˌɡaʁtnɐ]; born 20 April 1969) is an Austrian skydiver, daredevil and BASE jumper. He is widely known for jumping to Earth from a helium balloon from the stratosphere on 14 October 2012 and landing in New Mexico, United States, as part of the Red Bull Stratos project. Doing so, he set world records for skydiving an estimated 39 km (24 mi), reaching an estimated top speed of 1,357.64 km/h (843.6 mph), or Mach 1.25. He became the first person to break the sound barrier relative to the surface without vehicular power on his descent. He broke skydiving records for exit altitude, vertical freefall distance without a drogue parachute, and vertical speed without a drogue. Though he still holds the two latter records, the first was broken two years later, when on 24 October 2014, Alan Eustace jumped from 135,890 feet (41.42 km; 25.74 mi) with a drogue.Baumgartner is also renowned for the particularly dangerous nature of the stunts he has performed during his career. He spent time in the Austrian military where he practiced parachute jumping, including training to land on small target zones.

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2. Herma Bauma (1915 - 2003)

With an HPI of 47.87, Herma Bauma is the 2nd most famous Austrian Athlete.  Her biography has been translated into 22 different languages.

Hermine "Herma" Bauma (23 January 1915 – 9 February 2003) was an Austrian athlete who competed mainly in the javelin. She also was famous for playing handball. Bauma competed for Austria at the 1948 Summer Olympics held in London, United Kingdom in the javelin where she won the gold medal. Bauma was born in Vienna, then part of Austria-Hungary, on 23 January 1915. She died in Vienna on 9 February 2003, at the age of 88.

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3. Otto Herschmann (1877 - 1942)

With an HPI of 47.17, Otto Herschmann is the 3rd most famous Austrian Athlete.  His biography has been translated into 21 different languages.

Dr. Otto Herschmann (4 January 1877 – 17 June 1942) was an Austrian Jewish swimmer, fencer, lawyer, and sports official. He is one of only a few athletes who have won Olympic medals in multiple sports, having received a silver medal in swimming in 1896 and a silver medal in fencing in 1912. He also worked as a lawyer, and served as president of the Austrian Olympic Committee and the Austrian Swimming Federation. Herschmann was murdered by the Nazis in 1942 during The Holocaust.

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4. Klaus Dibiasi (1947 - )

With an HPI of 47.14, Klaus Dibiasi is the 4th most famous Austrian Athlete.  His biography has been translated into 20 different languages.

Klaus Dibiasi (born 6 October 1947) is a former diver from Italy, who competed in four consecutive Summer Olympics for his country, starting in 1964. He dominated the platform event from the late 1960s to the mid-1970s, winning a total number of three Olympic gold medals.

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5. Eva Janko (1945 - )

With an HPI of 44.78, Eva Janko is the 5th most famous Austrian Athlete.  Her biography has been translated into 19 different languages.

Eva Janko (née Egger) (born 24 January 1945 in Floing, Styria) is a former javelin thrower from Austria. She is the mother of the Austria national football team player Marc Janko. She won the bronze medal in javelin throw at the 1968 Summer Olympics held in Mexico City, Mexico. Her personal best throw of 61,80 metres, achieved in July 1973 in Innsbruck, is still the Austrian record.

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6. Josef Feistmantl (1939 - 2019)

With an HPI of 44.35, Josef Feistmantl is the 6th most famous Austrian Athlete.  His biography has been translated into 16 different languages.

Josef Feistmantl (23 February 1939 – 10 March 2019) was an Austrian luger who competed from the mid-1950s to the early 1970s. He competed at three Olympic Games.

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7. Hans Haas (1906 - 1973)

With an HPI of 43.53, Hans Haas is the 7th most famous Austrian Athlete.  His biography has been translated into 15 different languages.

Hans Haas (17 October 1906 – 14 May 1973) was an Austrian Jewish weightlifter who competed in the 1928 Summer Olympics and in the 1932 Summer Olympics. He was born in Vienna. In 1926, he became Austrian champion for the first time and in 1928 he won the gold medal in the lightweight class. Four years later at the 1932 Games he won the silver medal in the lightweight class. Dr. George Eisen of Nazareth College included Haas on his list of Jewish Olympic Medalists.

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8. Adolf Kainz (1903 - 1948)

With an HPI of 43.24, Adolf Kainz is the 8th most famous Austrian Athlete.  His biography has been translated into 16 different languages.

Adolf "Adi" Kainz (5 June 1903, in Linz – 12 July 1948) was an Austrian sprint canoeist who competed in the late 1930s. He won the gold medal in the K-2 1000 m event at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin. Kainz also won a bronze medal in the K-2 10000 m event at the 1938 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships in Vaxholm though he competed under Germany because they had annexed Austria earlier that year.

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9. Franz Bistricky (1914 - 1975)

With an HPI of 43.06, Franz Bistricky is the 9th most famous Austrian Athlete.  His biography has been translated into 15 different languages.

Franz Bistricky (26 July 1914 – 7 May 1975) was an Austrian field handball player who competed in the 1936 Summer Olympics. He was part of the Austrian field handball team, which won the silver medal. He played two matches.

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10. Alois Schnabel (1910 - 1982)

With an HPI of 42.69, Alois Schnabel is the 10th most famous Austrian Athlete.  His biography has been translated into 15 different languages.

Alois Schnabel (27 February 1910 – 20 September 1982) was an Austrian field handball player who competed in the 1936 Summer Olympics. He was part of the Austrian field handball team, which won the silver medal. He played three matches including the final as goalkeeper.

Pantheon has 40 people classified as athletes born between 1877 and 1994. Of these 40, 28 (70.00%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living athletes include Felix Baumgartner, Klaus Dibiasi, and Eva Janko. The most famous deceased athletes include Herma Bauma, Otto Herschmann, and Josef Feistmantl. As of April 2022, 13 new athletes have been added to Pantheon including Josef Feistmantl, Franz Bistricky, and Alois Schnabel.

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