February 9, 1998 |
Hermann Maier, the "Hermannator," the superstar of skiing, said he was raring to go and raced at "105%" capacity in an Alpine downhill training run. Asked if he could do better, Maier said, "For the race itself, I am going to ski at 150%." OK, good to see Hermann try harder. BRONZE EARTHLING The man with two countries, Bart Veldkamp, has two bronze medals . . . one for the Netherlands, one for Belgium. He won one in 1994 at Lillehammer, in speedskating's 10,000 meters.
February 8, 1998 |
A last-minute snowstorm swept across the Happo'one course Sunday morning, postponing the Olympic men's downhill and the seemingly inevitable coronation of a new snow king. Austrian Hermann Maier's quest to join Toni Sailer and Jean-Claude Killy as the only Alpine skiers to win three gold medals in the same Olympics was put on hold--officials will try to run the downhill Monday--but Maier has grown accustomed to waiting for his precious moments in the snow.
February 14, 1998 |
Hermann Maier had built up far too much speed on the icy course and lost control just a few seconds into the Olympic downhill he was expected to win. As he tumbled through the air, he had one thought: "Not Lufthansa, but OK," he recounted with a grin a few hours after the spectacular crash, when his head had stopped pounding but his body still felt like a punching bag.
February 16, 1998 |
Bruised but unbowed, Austria's Hermann Maier overcame the physical and mental fallout from one of the most spectacular crashes in alpine skiing history and won the super-giant slalom at the Winter Olympics on Monday. To everyone but Maier, it seemed easy. His time was 1 minute, 34.82 seconds, more than six-tenths of a second faster than the 1:35.43 of the co-silver medalists, Didier Cuche of Switzerland and Hans Knauss of Austria.
February 11, 2005 |
Skier Hermann Maier let out a scream around the finish at the world championships, a major title finally his again. His victory in the giant slalom Thursday at Bormio, Italy, was another inspirational step in his recovery from a 2001 motorcycle accident in which he nearly lost a leg. This was the Austrian's first gold medal at the world championships since he won two in 1999 in Vail, Colo.
January 21, 2006 |
Austrian Hermann Maier, a two-time Olympic champion, won a World Cup super-G on the famed Hahnenkamm course in Kitzbuehel, Austria, on Friday, defending his title from last year and getting his second victory of the season. "This course was custom-made for me," Maier said. "There was a lot of snow in the last two days and it was hard for the skiers with high numbers, but I found the right balance between smooth and aggressive skiing."