Austria excelled in the alpine skiing events, in particular with skilled champions such as Toni Sailer or Anne-Marie Moser-Proell. Austria also boasts excellent down-hill skiers.Austria has twice hosted the winter games at Innsbruck in the Tyrol region, in 1964 and 1976. For the 1976 games, Austria stood in at the last minute as host, when the American town of Denver backed down.In 1964, military convoys were used to ship in the snow necessary for the events. This was the first time the luge event was introduced to the games.Figure skating was included for the first time in 1976 in the skating competition. Finally, Austria - the ultimate mountainous country - made the headlines in Sydney by walking away with two gold medals in an event in which it wasn't expected to do well: sailing. Austrians won the Tornado and windsurfing competitions.