The biographical information was provided by the Vancouver Organizing Committee (VANOC) for the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games.
Hobbies: Sports, singing, dancing, reading, painting and fashion. (lizz.at, 16 Aug 2005)
Club name: KSV Sektion Ski: Kapfenberg, Austria
Coach: Helmut Zangerl (lizz.at, 22 Apr 2009)
Sporting Relatives: Her mother, Traudl Hecher was an Olympic medallist, finishing third in the downhill at Innsbruck in 1964. Her older brother Stephan also participates in European and World Cup races. (ESPN, lizz.at, 22 Nov 2004)
Injuries: She missed the 1996/97 and 1997/98 seasons due to a cruciate ligament knee injury. She missed some of the 2000/01 season with lingering problems from the same injury. (lizz.at, 22 Nov 2004)
Marital status: Single
As the pilot for the USA-1 bobsled, I broke a 62-year gold medal drought when my sled, the 'Night Train" won the Olympic title at the 2010 Vancouver Games. A degenerative eye condition nearly caused me to quit my sport in 2008, but corrective surgery restored my vision to 20-20.