Austrian Matthias Mayer (33) has had a very successful career as an alpine skier with eleven World Cup victories and three Olympic gold medals in downhill and super-G.
On December 29, 2022, the 32-year-old alpine climber made the shock announcement that he would be shelving his skis. He did so just before the race in Bormio, where he was on the start list.
Now he's making headlines for completely different reasons.
The police took action
On Thursday, a reception was held for the Governor of Lower Austria, Johanna Mikkel-Leitner, at the Hotel Kitzhof in the legendary Alpine town of Kitzbühel.
There, the former Olympic winner was on the guest list.
According to several media outlets, Mayer must have climbed onto the table and screamed during Mikael-Leitner's reception.
To calm the mood, the team doctor at ÖSV was said to have intervened to no avail.
Several security guards are said to have followed Mayer out of the hall. But the Austrian continued to cause noise and damage in the region abroad, the German newspaper wrote.
In the end, the former Alpine climber became so difficult to calm down that the police had to come to his aid. Meyer was transported in handcuffs and received medical attention before being transported to a hospital for medical treatment.
– Today we had to regret that Matthias Mayer has not yet overcome the health problems that he has been suffering from for a long time. The Austrian skiing family, together with all our athletes, colleagues and partners, have always supported him,” the skiing association said in a statement, reported by newspaper Klein Zeitung.
Mayer is already on the road to recovery, the Secretary General of the Austrian Ski Federation said on Friday.
Vincent Kriechmeier was one of the Austrian alpinists competing on the legendary Kitzbühel route this weekend. It is no secret that they were affected by the reports issued by his former colleague.
– The whole team, especially those who were with him, were of course very affected, including me. I feel so sorry for him. It really bothers me that some people no longer have such a good image of him. I wish him all the best, Austrian alpine climber Vincent Krechmeier said on Friday.
Mayer won Olympic gold in Sochi 2014, PyeongChang 2018 and Beijing 2022. Two of the wins came in the super-G while the third came in the downhill.
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