“I like to win. If I lose, I'm not very happy.”
As double Olympic champion, triple World Champion, four times world cup champion and winner of world cup races, Hermann Maier ranks amongst the best Alpine ski racers in history. He was voted four times as Austria’s sportsman of the
year and received the Laureus Award for the comeback of the year in 2004.
Maier became world famous because of his spectacular crash during the downhill race at Nagano Olympics in 1998. A few days later he won a Gold medal in the Super G and giant slalom, which earned him the title ‘Herminator’.
After a motorcycle accident in 2001, where he almost lost his right leg, he managed an unparalleled comeback. He went on to win the World Cup again in 2004, became World Champion in Bormio in 2005, and won two more Olympic medals in Sestriere in 2006. He retired from professional skiing in October 2009.
Born Hermann Maier on 7th December 1972 in Altenmarkt im Pongau, Austria.