When Lisi Osl was growing up, she played volleyball; it was only when her older sister Maria insisted that she participate in a mountain bike relay race with her that Lisi switched to cycling. She quickly discovered her passion for the sport and soon drew attention at regional races. After joining the Austrian National Mountain Bike Team, the Kirchberg native shone at her first international race and won the silver medal in the Junior category at her home World Championship in Kaprun in 2002.
In October 2003, Lisi joined the Austrian army as an athlete and has since been able to concentrate exclusively on her sport. In the beginning, she sometimes overdid it a little and had to learn to give herself training breaks in order to regenerate. Lisi, who describes herself as determined and persistent, didn’t get discouraged, dealt with her setbacks, and worked hard at her mountain bike career.
After two years of ups and downs in the Elite category, she showed real progress again in 2006. In the first ever European and World Championships in the U23 category, the ambitious Kirchberg native finished in fifth place at the European Championships and in eighth place at the World Championships. Just three years later, she made it to the top of the world, securing first place overall in the World Cup ranking after winning three World Cup races in 2009. She also stayed at the very top of the UCI World ranking in 2010.
Even though the 2011/12 season didn’t quite go according to plan, the now 29-year-old qualified for the Olympics for the second time and enjoyed the special flair of her home World Championships in Saalfelden in 2012. Lisi’s preparation for the cycling season differs from everyone else’s. While her competitors fly south early in the season, Lisi prefers to train at home in the Kitzbühel Alps and has managed to move parts of her training sessions from the bike to her touring or cross-country skis. The Kirchberg native is fascinated by nature and the mountains, has recharged for the long season ahead at home. In her own words, she is “really excited to get back on the bike”.
Last year, the current Austrian National Champion came closer to her goal of a “regular place in the TOP 10 at the World Cup”, but unfortunately, a broken elbow set her back again. After a few changes in regard to her training and preparation, Lisi feels she is ready for the new season: “Everything is pretty much perfect right now”, she says, “This winter, I was able to make some optimisations and I’m looking forward to a great season. Thanks to the great support from everyone around me, I can focus fully and have a really good feeling ...”
First place Roc d’Azur XCO
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First place KitzAlpBike XC Kirchberg
Ten-time Austrian Champion
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First place World Cup Pietermaritzburg
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First place World Cup Schladming
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