Adios Hermann Maier – One Tough Skier

Austria’s Hermann Maier is one of the toughest athletes of all time.  He repeatedly returned from horrific injuries, including many crashes on the slopes but also a horrific motorcycle accident where his leg was on the verge of amputation in 2001.  He won two World Cup titles in skiing a few winters later!

In total, he won 54 races and was World Champion four times, records that are second only to Ingemar Stenemark.  As the AP reported from the press conference:

“I am healthy now and that’s the way I want to live on,” said the 36-year-old Maier, who was fighting back tears.

One of his most famous moments was this crash in the 1998 Olympics at Nagano Japan.  Maier won two Gold medals two days later.  I think the commentator must be saying “Hermann Maier is one tough skier!”

Hats (and helmets) off to the Herminator!

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