Today marks the retirement of one of the true legends of our sport: Herman Maier. I personally rank Maier second all-time, behind only Ingemar Stenmark, but who's to say how many races he would have won if not for his horrific motorcycle accident. Perhaps he would have eclipsed even Stenmark.
Even as it is, Maier had a phenomenal career. He won four overall World Cups, 54 Cup races, two Olympic golds, four World Championships and a staggering 10 discipline titles.
He built the template for the current style of World Cup skiing: fast in GS, agile in DH, using elements of both to win in Super G; he was the first champion to grow up in the era in which Super G was a mainstream event. Maier is without a doubt the all-time greatest Super G skier.
More than anything else, Maier hated to lose. He was tough as nails and unrelenting on the race course. I was a big Maier fan, and I'll miss him.
Edited by prickly - 10/13/09 at 6:07am