When Mario Seidl entered the World Cup in the winter of 2012/13, he did so with a bang: the young Austrian from St. Veit im Pongau started in the National Group at his home competition in Ramsau... and won the jumping part. The surprise was written on Seidl's face, when he entered the Leader Board with bib number two and never left again it until the end of the competition. Between his jump and the end of the competition, the 20-year-old had to spend about 45 minutes out in the rain but braved the challenge with excitement and his own easy-going attitude.
Another highlight came when jumping the new hill record in Almaty, Kazakhstan, suddenly changed Seidl into a sought-after athlete, being stormed by journalists' questions in the following press conference. Next to his great weekend in Almaty, Seidl gave himself another present by finishing seventh in the Final Individual Gundersen race in this season, after Almaty's results his best position in the World Cup.
Steadily developing his skills and raising his level of performance, Seidl was rewarded with a spot on the strong Austrian team and his first individual victory in the Summer Grand Prix in 2015. With a fifth rank in the competition in Trondheim in the winter of 2015/16, Seidl proved he is not far off the podium on his best days.
In his spare time "Seidei" likes to climb, play soccer or go skiing.