Armin Assinger was born in 1964 and was a very successful skier on the Austrian National Team between 1984 - 1995. He participated in more than 110 World Cup runs, and won prestigiouse runs in Sierra Nevada and Kvitfjell/ Lillehammer(1993) and Val d'Isere(1994).

Following his ski carrier he has worked as a motivation coach for companies and their clients. Besides this Assinger is a very popular TV-star. He is a TV sports commentator on skiing, he hosts his own TV shows, and is hosting the Austrian version of the TV-show "Who wants to be a millionaire". He has received the Austrian Romy Television Award several times as Most Popular Sports Reporter and TV host.

Armin Assinger's statement on becoming a HCA ambassador:
"I am pleased to have been elected to be the official Hans Christian Andersen ambassador. I belong to a generation that grew up reading adventure stories, heroic sagas and fairy tales, and in which the television played only a secondary role. Today I try to make this reading, and also the reading aloud, appealing to my children. And an essential contribution to this is made by the fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen. It doesn?t matter whether I read "The Princess and the Pea" to my daughter or "The Ugly Duckling", her eyes light up. This is the most beautiful thing and at the same time the proof that fairy tales are eternal!"