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no Maier at Olympic games

post #1 of 9
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Hermann Maier broke is leg in a motorcycle accident yesterday, and after 7 hours of operating there is a chance they might have to amputate:

Story from espn.com
post #2 of 9
Saw a artical on the USST page last night, thanks for the up date on ESPN.
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That is very sad news. He probably was the finest and most consistent ski competitor in the world.

Alpine skiing has lost the opportunity to have what could have been the greatest skier accomplishment since Jean Claude Killey won 3 golds in the 1960's at the Granoble Olympics.

With the addition of Super G as an Olympic event, Maier had a chance to win four.

Now we may never know, and have to wait another 30 or so years for another athlete to acheive this milestone.

Billy Johnson, Hermann Maier, and whose next ? Hopefully, no one!
post #4 of 9
Amputation? Now I feel horrible about being so cheeky on the other thread!
Unlike Killy, Zurbriggen or Aamodt...the likelyhood of a 4 medal haul ever from Maier is low. His best chance would be slalom disaster from everyone else in combined. Or would have been. I doubt though, if he would be one of the four, likely Matt, Raich and some d teamers.
post #5 of 9
That's horrible. I cannot believe I didn't see it in the papers here. The Herminator is like a legend. Austrians can talk long and longer about him.

Gotta ask: why did his sponsors or his national team say or do nothing to curb his motorcycling? His legs are his life; they should be insured up the wazoo and, while I understand the risks of skiing at his level, it seems imprudent to take risks outside the thing that is his gift/glory and yes his cash cow.

post #6 of 9
The same thing that makes Mair a great skier is why he kept riding. He could have been hit by a car crossing the street.
When I was in the hospital in 1971 with a broken leg another patient asked how it happened. Skiing was my repy. "I bet you won't do that again" he said. "How'd you break yours" I said. "Hit while crossing the street" was the answer. "Are you going to stop crossing streets" I asked. (True story I swear)
post #7 of 9
Well, no one has asked me to wear a helmet yet while crossing the street! Having seen a motorcycle wreck (once) up close, I'll take being a pedestrian, even when they're coming the "wrong" way over here. As far as him being on the street, wouldn't he get a personal assistant for that (or a driver)?


Dante non ha mai immaginato questo cerchio dell'inferno!
post #8 of 9
Far too many people have had serious mishaps on motorcycles.True of cars as well. James Dean did himself in a Porsche. Princess Diane killed a little over three years ago in a Mercedes.

I do know that the NBA doesn't allow their athletes to go skiing during the basketball season, the same may now be true with hockey.

Then you have guys like Shane McConkey hurling themslves off of cliffs, doing all types of things in the air, and while getting injured once in awhile, seem to have nine lives like a cat, and come back for more.

Remember, Maier is the "Hermanator," which name was chosen probably because that rhymes with termanator.

That evokes images of Arnold Schwarznegger, a fellow Austrian, with a macho reputation. Riding a Harley in the US is "macho." It is in Europe, and on a BMW bike, that is extremely cool and macho at the same time.

So Herman Maier was living "the life," and motorcycles were part of it. Look at the spills he has taken while competing. Some of those falls, for most competitive skiers, t would have ended their careers.

Look at the fall Maier took at the last Olympics, and yet he survived and came back to win two medals.

Maybe Herman Maier felt he had a few more years of invincibility left, at least until the 2002 Olympics were over.

I think it is part of a mind set that allows you to expand the envelope of competitive prowess,and thus you become ultra-competitive and go beyond your previous athletic achievements.

Herman Maier, if nothing else, is a supreme competitor, as was Arnold Schwarzenegger in body building.<FONT size="1">

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post #9 of 9
True. That all makes sense. I just hate to see such a high cost for an activity that seems to have carry the risk without an obvious reward. Maybe, as you say, there was some personal reward or identity/status enhancement. Just a shame if this does mean the end of his competitive career...and then some. Certainly explains why so many atheletes take up off-season GOLF, too. Maybe Herminator will have to look in that direction now.

All I found was a short piece at http://www.msnbc.com/news/619075.asp?0dm=s11Is . I could not believe that cnn (even on its Europe site) still has nil on this, nothing I could find. BBC or www.the-times.co.uk might do better.


Dante non ha mai immaginato questo cerchio dell'inferno!

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