Thomas Sykora

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Thomas Sykora
Alpine skier
Thomas Sykora Semmering 2008.jpg
Disciplines Slalom
Born (1968-05-18) 18 May 1968 (age 54)
Tulln, Austria
World Cup debut30 November 1991
World Championships
World Cup
Discipline titles2
Medal record

Thomas Sykora (born 18 May 1968) is a former alpine skier from Austria.



Thomas comes from a sporting family: his father Ernst Sykora was a ski instructor, and his aunts Liese Prokop and Maria Sykora were both successful athletes. He competed at the 1994 Winter Olympics and the 1998 Winter Olympics, winning a bronze medal at the latter. [1]

Sykora won the 1996/97 and 1997/98 Slalom World Cups. Before winning these 2 World Cups, he finished second of the competition in 1994 in Lech. After finishing first in the first round, he eventually was beaten by Alberto Tomba by 2 hundredths of a second after the second round. In total, Thomas won nine World Cup races. At the Olympic Games 1998 in Nagano, he won the bronze medal in slalom. In 1996 and 1999 he also became Austrian slalom champion.

After numerous knee injuries, Thomas Sykora was forced to quit his career and became an ORF commentator. He started commenting on women's races in 2000. Later, he served as commentator in important men's slaloms (Kitzbühel, Schladming). On most of the races he comments, Thomas wears a helmet with a camera to show the spectators the different routes of the slalom, and their difficulties.

After the end of his active career as an athlete, he decided to study mental coaching in Bregenz; he then graduated with an MBA.

World Cup victories

Overall results

1997 Slalom [2]
1998 Slalom [3]

Individual victories

14 January 1996 Flag of Austria.svg Kitzbühel Slalom
10 March 1996 Flag of Norway.svg Hafjell Slalom
24 November 1996 Flag of the United States.svg Park City Slalom
17 December 1996 Flag of Italy.svg Madonna di Campiglio Slalom
6 January 1997 Flag of Slovenia.svg Kranjska Gora Slalom
12 January 1997 Flag of France.svg Chamonix Slalom
19 January 1997 Flag of Switzerland.svg Wengen Slalom
4 January 1998 Flag of Slovenia.svg Kranjska GoraSlalom
26 January 1998 Flag of Austria.svg Kitzbühel Slalom

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