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MAIER Hermann
MAIER Hermann

Hermann MAIER

  • G 2
  • S 1
  • B 1

Hermann Maier's parents managed a ski school in Flachau, Austria, and Hermann began entering ski races at the age of five. When he was fifteen, a growth disorder forced him to give up the sport temporarily, during which time he worked as a bricklayer.

Spectacular crash right to the top of the podium

He began representing Austria internationally in 1996 and achieved immediate success. He qualified to enter four events at the Olympic Games in Nagano in 1998. During the downhill he lost control and took a spectacular fall, flying more than 100m through the air and crashing through two retaining fences before coming to a stop. Incredibly, he not only survived without serious injury, but three days later he raced in the super-G and won the gold medal. Three days after that he earned a second gold medal in the giant slalom.

“The Herminator” strikes again

During the 2000-2001 World Cup season, Maier tied the men's single season record for most victories (13). Injured in a motorbike accident, he had to withdraw from the Salt Lake City Games. Living up to his nickname, “The Herminator”, at 34, Hermann Maier was not only present at the Turin Games in 2006, but he also won two medals: silver in the super G and bronze in the giant slalom!

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Hermann Maier (AUT)

Austrian skier Hermann Maier presents his silver medal won in the Super G event of the Torino 2006 OG

©IOC Richard Juilliart
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ITA First Run Giant Slalom - Mens Alpine Skiing

SESTRIERE COLLE, ITALY - FEBRUARY 20: Hermann Maier of Austria competes in the First Run of the Mens Alpine Skiing Giant Slalom competition on Day 10 of the 2006 Turin Winter Olympic Games on February 20, 2006 in Sestriere Borgata, Italy. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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Giant Slalom - Mens Alpine Skiing

TURIN, ITALY - FEBRUARY 20: Hermann Maier of Austria receives the Bronze Medal in the Mens Alpine Skiing Giant Slalom at the Medals Plaza on Day 10 of the 2006 Turin Winter Olympic Games on February 20, 2006 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Stephen Munday/Getty Images)
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Super-G - Mens Alpine Skiing

TURIN, ITALY - FEBRUARY 18: Kjetil Andre Aamodt of Norway (Center) Hermann Maier of Austria (Left) and Ambrosi Hoffmann of Switzerland (Right) celebrate their Medals for the Mens Super-G during the Medals Ceremony on Day 8 of the Turin 2006 Winter Olympic Games on February 18, 2006 at the Medals Plaza in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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Olympics Day 1 - Training

SESTRIERE BORGATA, ITALY - FEBRUARY 11: (FRANCE OUT) Hermann Maier of Austria in action during the Men's Downhill training during Day 1 of the Turin 2006 Winter Olympic Games on February 11, 2006 in Sestriere Borgata, Italy. (Photo by Agence Zoom/Getty Images)
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Turin Olympic Games - Preview - Opening Ceremony Day

SESTRIERE BORGATA, ITALY - FEBRUARY 10: Hermann Maier of Austria skis in the Men's Downhill training during the day of the Opening Ceremony of the Turin 2006 Winter Olympic Games on February 10, 2006 in Sestriere Borgata, Italy. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Results

  • Games
    Result
    Sport
    Event
  • S 1:30.78
    Skiing
    super-G men
    B 2:35.16
    Skiing
    giant slalom men
  • G 1:34.82
    Skiing
    super-G men
    G 2:38.51
    Skiing
    giant slalom men

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