While the rest of the world is still fast asleep, Gerald Demolsky has been up for hours. Under a starry winter sky, he straps on his touring skis at 5 a.m. and in the dim beam of his headlamp sets off for his personal spiritual site, Mount Ötscher. Having arrived at the summit, Gerald takes a deep breath in the glow of the first rays of dawn and soaks in the pure energy up here: "These moments are glimpses of eternity, and if you haven't lived through them, you haven't lived at all." As a child, he tended to be somewhat lukewarm about his father's enthusiasm for exploring every mountain bike in the whole region. But as is so often in life, it's only in retrospect that you come to understand the deeper significance that some experiences may have had for you personally. "Today I’m following in his footsteps, dragging my three children to the places where I used to spend time with my own dad."
The many facets of Lower Austria
Gerald is hooked into his local area and knows how to take full advantage of every nook and cranny of the region in terms of sports activities. Whether touring, cross-country skiing, mountain biking, trail running, swimming or weight training, he simply can't do without sports. In fact, he's never been able to. When he was still a student at the local sports-centred high school, he had the opportunity to try out a wide variety of sports activities and later graduated from the Sports Academy in Vienna. At the Olympic Training Centre in Obertauern he then learned a great deal about competitive sports. An exhilarating time, as he says, but ultimately the call of his hometown was stronger. Because of its positive social environment and the fact that he had always wanted to settle down there. “We Austrians are rather quick to moan about things, but the fact is we’ve got a literal paradise right outside our front door. Lower Austria’s really got it all: a temperate climate and a beautiful natural landscape right on our doorstep, with meadows and forests for hiking and trail running, and our amazingly beautiful mountains, it's simply unique. Why travel 2,000 kilometres away when we have everything we need right here?"