Bernhard Gstrein was 1984 Austrian Champion in the slalom and combined and was named to the national team that year, starting his World Cup career. He competed in World Cup thru the 1995-96 season and appeared at three Winter Olympics, the highlight his 1988 silver medal in combined. Gstrein also competed at the 1987 and 1991 World Championships, his best finish a fourth in giant slalom in 1987 at Crans-Montana. Gstrein won one World Cup race, a slalom in Linz on 12 January 1988, and he had six podium finishes, all in slalom. In the 1992-93 season he was fourth in the slalom World Cup. In World Cup races he had 42 top 10 finishes, 35 in slalom and 7 in GS. In 1996 Gstrein was awarded a silver medal for meritorious service to the Republic of Austria.