Germany's Maria Hoefl-Riesch stands on the podium during a flower ceremony after she won the gold medal in the women's supercombined at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

SOCHI SCENE: Help at home

February 10, 2014

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) Franz Beckenbauer. Boris Becker. Maria Hoefl-Riesch.

The greats of German sport usually find their way toward agent Marcus Hoefl.

And for the Alpine skier formerly known as Maria Riesch, the client relationship is a little closer.

''This is really unbelievable,'' Hoefl told the Associated Press at his wife's victory news conference after she won the super-combined event Monday. ''Three gold medals in six Olympic races.''

The now-Hoefl-Rieschs were dating when Maria won the super-combined and slalom events at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

They married the following year - weeks after Riesch took the overall World Cup title, ending Lindsey Vonn's three-year victory streak - at Kitzbuehel, Austria, where Hoefl's management company is based.

Football great Beckenbauer was not course-side Monday, though he was in the mountains above Sochi on Sunday, watching another German retain his Olympic title: luger Felix Loch.

''He's got a plane to take home today,'' Hoefl-Riesch told reporters asking about the men who captained and coached West Germany to win football's World Cup. ''But he brought me a bit of luck''

No questions about Becker, though he is no longer a Hoefl client.

''Not any more,'' Hoefl said. ''I had to focus on my wife.''

- By Graham Dunbar - Twitter


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