We’ve teamed up with Dainese to shine a spotlight on luminaries from across the world of action sports and adventure – from big name athletes to epic innovations that showcase ambition and achievement above and beyond the norm. Here, we speak to Matthias Mayer, the Austrian skier who won his second Olympic gold medal at the Pyeongchang games.
“Yeah, it is… different,” says alpine ski star Matthias Mayer, after a short pause to think. “It really is different.”
We’ve just asked the Austrian what life is like now that he’s a two-time Olympic gold medallist, having added a super G gold from Pyeongchang to his downhill prize from Sochi four years earlier.
“I’m happy. I never really thought about this happening, but it does feel different to before.”
Your life is bound to change a little when you’ve just written yourself into the history books of both your home nation and the most famous sporting event in the world.
If there was ever a man destined by narrative to succeed at the Olympic Games though, there’s a strong argument for it being Matthias Mayer.
The Austrian’s father Helmut Mayer won a silver medal at the 1988 Games in Nakiska in Calgary – the first Olympics to feature the super G event in alpine skiing – two years before Matthias’ birth.