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 his 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. Seidl entered the World Cup business at home but was there to stay for the rest of the season.
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.
In his spare time "Seidei" likes to climb, play soccer or go skiing. And as his "fellow Mario" Stecher has already knighted his your teammate, he is definitely one of the young Austrian hopefuls you better watch out for in the winters to come. "I am really happy that we're now having a young athlete like Mario Seidl who finally managed to close the gap to us older athletes. It's looking quite good for us as a team for the next years, too."