- Alpine Skiing
- Representing AUT
Hermann “The Herminator” Maier, a two-time Olympic champion and four-time medallist, ranks amongst the finest slpine skiers in history.
The Austrian, who had to fight back from several serious injuries, announced his arrival on the world stage by winning gold in the super-G and giant dlalom at the Olympic Winter Games Nagano 1998.
Eight years later he secured silver in the super-G and bronze in the giant slalom at Turin 2006.
A three-time world champion (downhill and super-G in 1999 and giant slalom in 2005), Maier also won the overall World Cup four times.
Despite the fact he was a late starter to the sport at the age of 23, he won 54 World Cup races in the super-G with 96 podium finishes, making him one of the most successful super-G racers ever.
A bricklayer by trade, Maier had two remarkable comebacks in his career. At the 1998 Games, he walked away from a terrible fall in the downhill but still went on to win the first of his two Olympic gold medals.
In 2001, a serious motorcycle crash left Maier with an injury to his right leg that left doctors contemplating amputation, but he recovered and went on to win his fourth overall World Cup title in 2004.
Just four months before Vancouver 2010, Maier finally succumbed to an injury, tearfully retiring in October 2009 after 13 years of world skiing domination.
Maier's younger brother, Alexander, represented Austria in snowboarding in two Olympic Winter Games (2002, 2006).
Hermann Maier Moments
World-class skiers and snowboarders travel to the end of the world to live and train during the summer off-season months.