Who is Tina Weirather?
Christina "Tina" Weirather was born in 1989. She is a Liechtensteiner World Cup alpine ski racer. Tina won a bronze medal in Super-G for Liechtenstein at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang. Born in Vaduz, Weirather is the daughter of former World Cup ski racers Harti Weirather of Austria and Hanni Wenzel of Liechtenstein. Her mother Hanni had won two overall World Cup titles (1978, 1980) and two Olympic gold medals (1980), four Olympic medals overall and her uncle Andreas won the men's overall World Cup title in 1980 and 2 Olympic medals. Her father Harti won the season title in downhill in 1981 and was world champion in 1982 in Alpine Skiing. Weirather currently lives in Gamprin and has dual citizenship in Liechtenstein and Austria. She is also a keen fan of Liechtenstein football club Vaduz. The athlete has studied International Business. She can speak English and German languages. She trained in the club Ski Club Schaan in Liechtenstein under coach Karlheinz Pichler. In December 2017 she injured her hand after falling at a World Cup event in Val d'Isere, France. She underwent eye surgery in the early part of 2017 and this was mentioned in her Facebook page. She had also once bruised her right tibia after a fall in training at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. The injury ruled her out of the Games. She qualified for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games but was unable to compete after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament [ACL] in her right knee. This injury also kept her out of competition in 2011. In 2008 she tore the cruciate ligament in her right knee. Due to injuries already sustained in her knees, she had to take a six-month break in order to recover. In March 2007 she tore ligaments in both knees after crashing during a training session. She first tried skiing in 1991 at age two as her parents encouraged her to take up the sport. Alpine skiing was in her blood and it was no surprise when she took up the sport professionally. Weirather follows a strict training regimen and trains for about 40 hours a week. She regards winning the crystal globe in super G for the 2016/17 World Cup season as her most memorable achievement. She believes in the Philosophy, "Lift heavy. Cuddle often. Laugh a lot. Work hard. Enjoy life." This was also mentioned in her official Facebook page in 2017. Weirather was flag bearer for Liechtenstein at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. She won the crystal globe in super G for the 2016/17 World Cup season, following in the footsteps of her mother Hanni Wenzel who was also an overall World Cup title winner. Weirather and Wenzel are the first mother-daughter pair to have achieved the feat. She is eligible to represent Austria but chose to compete for Liechtenstein. "I have double citizenship and could have switched to the Austrian ski team. The opportunities are better there as far as sponsors are concerned, and the chance to become more well known is definitely interesting as well. I did think about it quite carefully, but I grew up in Liechtenstein and I couldn't imagine representing a different country."
Career of the ski racer
Weirather made her World Cup debut at age 16 in October 2005 and has seven victories and 31 podiums through March 2017 throughout her racing career. In 2018 Olympic Winter Games, she won a bronze medal at the Super-G event. Weirather competed in two events at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, and finished 33rd in the super-G, but did not finish in the downhill. She had got selected to ski in four events at the 2010 Winter Olympics: downhill, super-G, giant slalom, and the combined. Just weeks before the Olympics on 23 January, while competing in a World Cup downhill at Cortina d'Ampezzo, Weirather suffered another injury to her right knee and missed the Olympics, as well as the following World Cup season of 2011. She has had many injuries in her racing career but they have not only strengthened her as an athlete. Following years of training alongside her compatriots on the Liechtenstein Alpine Ski team, Weirather now trains with the Swiss team. During the fourth training run for the downhill at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Weirather crashed at Rosa Khutor on 9 February and injured her lower right leg. The bone contusion caused her to miss her starts in the Olympics and also the remainder of the 2014 World Cup season. At the time, she was second in the World Cup overall, downhill and super-G standings and third in the giant slalom.
The net worth of the ski racer is currently unavailable, but she has a bright future ahead.
Weirather is quite active on her Instagram account @tina_weirather. She uploads her latest photos and photos from her competitions on her Instagram page.