Eyes fixed on the television screen, the whole family is counting down the seconds and minutes to the end of the game. Suddenly, a voice calls: "Does anyone else want vegetables?". "NO!" comes the unanimous reply from the living room, followed a few seconds later by: "We've done it, we've won!"
Despite its small size, Liechtenstein has produced a number of top-level athletes famous around the globe. The names Wenzel, Frommelt, Konzett, Büchel and Weirather are well-known in the world of Alpine skiing, which has long been one of the most successful disciplines for Liechtenstein.
Over the course of the last 40 years Liechtenstein has won not only 10 Olympic Medals in Alpine skiing but also a total of 39 medals at world championships in various different disciplines: skiing, winter triathlon, cycling, kickboxing, karate and model aircraft flying.
Team sports are a further source of success in Liechtenstein, with clubs such as FC Vaduz and the Squash Rackets Club Vaduz playing in the second and highest league in Switzerland. Mario Frick completed over 200 appearances in the Swiss Super League and Serie A in Italy, making him the most internationally successful football player from Liechtenstein. For many years Peter Frommelt was the world number one in table tennis for upper-leg amputees. And who could forget the legendary 2-2 draw achieved by the Liechtenstein national football team against Portugal during qualifying for the 2006 World Cup?
Born into a family of Olympic winners and world champions, Tina Weirather was herself a star in the international ski circus, and carried the hopes of Liechtenstein fans for World Cup victories and medals. Read more about Tina Weirather
Born into a family of Olympic winners and world champions, now Tina Weirather is herself a star in the international ski circus, and carries the hopes of Liechtenstein fans for World Cup victories and medals. Read more about Tina Weirather
Nobody could describe the development of Liechtensteins National Football Team better than Mario Frick. Mario appeared 125 times for the team and shot the highest number of goals (16). In 1994, he played during Liechtensteins very first competitive international match. Read more about Mario Frick