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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