Thursday, 23. October 2014 - 05:10
05. 02. 13. - 14:00
The official opening of the Alpine Skiing World Championships took place yesterday (Mon, 18.30) in Schladming, Salzburg.
Hollywood-Star Arnold Schwarzenegger ("Terminator"), who is originally from Styria, and Austrian Ski legend Hermann Maier ("Herminator"), along with other celebrities were part of the celebrations.
Austrian musicians such as Rainhard Fendrich, Wolfgang Ambros and Andreas Gabalier supported the event.
International ski racers will fight for medals in eleven competitions. The races will start today (Tues) and end on 17 February. 400,000 visitors are expected in Schladming throughout the whole event.
Arnold Schwarzenegger arrived in Schladming already on Sunday. Yesterday he went shopping in Schladming and in the area. Mr Schwarzenegger had breakfast with another Austrian ski legend, Franz Klammer, and visited the gym at "Sporthotel Royer".
The former Governor of the US-State California and Mr Maier are planning to go skiing during the following days. Austrian skier Marcel Hirscher said he would join the celebrities after the Alpine Skiing World Championships have ended.
"It is amazing that a great Austrian celebrity like Mr Schwarzenegger is so enthusiastic about sports.", Mr Maier said.
"Terminator" and "Herminator" had already got on well when they met at Beaver Creek in 1999.
Rare Bald Ibis Makes Microlight Flight To Italy
The project to introduce an extinct bird back to Europe is hailing success after successfully negotiating a new route over the Alps and training 14 Northern Bald Ibises how to fly south to winter feeding grounds in southern Tuscany.
Brit Soldier Rescued After Climbing Mountain In T Shirt
A British soldier who tackled the frozen Austrian Alps wearing just shorts and a T-shirt has been rapped by officials after he had to be rescued from the snowy peak.
Jobless Footballers Join Dole Rangers To Showcase Their Talent
Austria's job centres are entering the big league - by creating a football team to allow jobless footballers to showcase their talent and get work.
Good manners guide for Arabs dropped by Salzburg tourism officials
Tourism chiefs in Salzburg have been forced to withdraw a controversial etiquette guide for Arabs that aimed to stop them trying to haggle over prices, cooking in their rooms, and dumping their litter around the region.
Strongman pulls worlds largest twinjet plane out of hanger
A strong man known as the "Austrian Rock" has notched up his 16th endurance world record, this time by pulling a Boeing 777 plane from its hangar at the Vienna International Airport in Schwechat.
Austria receives record visitors from UAE
Austria received a record amount of visitors from the United Arab Emirates in 2013, according to the Austrian National Tourist Office.
Cheetah enclosure rebuilt after run of escapes
After a run of great escapes from the cheetah residents of Salzburg Zoo, the big cat enclosure has been rebuilt in an effort to prevent further breakouts.
Hosting Eurovision 2015 in Austria already complicated
The search for a suitable location for next year's Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Austria is already hitting complications with still 11 months to go until the event.
FIFA extend Taboga ban worldwide
The life time football ban imposed upon player Dominique Taboga by the Austrian Football Association (Ã–FB) in February for match-fixing has been extended by FIFA today to include worldwide activities.
Possible move to Newcastle for Soriano
Football player for Salzburg Jonathan Soriano has been linked to a move to Newcastle United, according to reports in Austrian media.
The most popular stories –
last 7 days