The shame ran between the two host Fritz Egger and former ski star Alexandra Meissnitzer, but the athletes were not embarrassed either. The facial muscles of the 800 guests were tense at the Leonidas Gala. The laughter on his side had Dakar's hero, Matthias Walkner, who answered the question of common motorsport plans with Hirscher's ski ace: "Marcel and I still discussed who should be a driver and co-driver."
Peter Klien relaxed the night with his usual treacherous questions. Hirscher came to briefly consider "going to the bathroom" when he saw the comedian approaching.
Success coach Rose defends title
Like last year, Marco Rose passed cream on the gold lion trainer. He defeated the father of Marcel Hirscher, Ferdinand, and "Mister Volleyball" of Salzburg, Ulrich Sernow. Born in Leipzig, he dedicated the award to his team and to the team of supervisors. "What was created in Salzburg in recent years in football is extraordinary."
The award sees the 42-year-old as a confirmation of his work, but: "You are successful in sports, you are the hero, in the idiot's failure." Rose chose a very special place for her second lion. "He's going to the first lion, to my daughter's nursery."
Next trophy for Marcel Hirscher
Unsurprisingly, Marcel Hirscher raised the trophy for the athlete of the year. He prevailed in front of ski jumper Stefan Kraft (third placed) and Kombinierer Bernhard Gruber (second placed). The eight-time World Cup winner took his seventh overall lion.
Of course, the 30-year-old did not want to answer the burning question of his future tonight. "I'm still torn and I'm going to calm down and make my decision," Hirscher said.
Women's football makes the race
The sportswoman of the year was the female footballer Sarah Zadrazil. The mountain dweller prevailed over Teresa Stadlober (cross-country skiing) and Carina Edlinger (sports for the disabled).
The former mountain resident kicks while in the German women's league at Turbine Potsdam and reached with the national team in the 2017 European Championship sensationally the semifinals. Radiant Zadrazil took the trophy: "A great sign for the Salzburg women's football is a consideration."
Saalbach Mountain biker awarded
In the Rookie of the Year category, Pinzgau rider Valentina Höll took the Leonidas. Your secret to success? "The Austrian spirit and good food," laughed Saalbacher.
They are particularly proud of the profit because they practice mountain biking, a sport that is not so present in Austria. Auto racing legend Walter Lechner was honored for the work of his life.