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 13, 2010 |
The list of men who have won the coveted Olympic downhill crown is nearly as impressive as the list of men who haven't. Hermann Maier, the Austrian known as the "Herminator," claimed 54 World Cup victories in his illustrious career. But he never snared the big one, although he almost died trying at the 1998 Nagano Games. Marc Giradelli, representing tiny Luxembourg, won five World Cup overall titles but never gold in downhill. Bode Miller, the greatest male skier in U.S. history, has been downhill-denied, as was Daron Rahlves, the former U.S. ski team star who won more World Cup downhills, nine, than any other American male.
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.