Hermann Maier was born December 7, 1972, in Altenmarkt im Pongau, Austria; more commonly known as “Herminator’ for his strong and fearless skiing
Hermann Maier is an Austrian champion alpine ski racer. He has won four overall World Cup title in the years, 1998, 2000, 2001, and 2004. He also earned two Olympic gold medals both in 1998. In 1999 and 2005, he had three World Championship titles and had 54 races on the World Cup circuit. He ranks among the finest alpine ski racer in history.
Olympic Games• 1998 Nagano - Super G - Gold • 1998 Nagano - Giant slalom - Gold • 2006 Torino - Super-G - Silver • 2006 Torino - Giant slalom - Bronze
World Championships• 1999 Vail - Downhill - Gold • 1999 Vail - Super-G - Gold • 2005 Bormio - Giant slalom - Gold • 2001 St. Anton - Downhill -Silver • 2003 St. Moritz - Super-G - Silver • 2001 St. Anton - Super-G - Bronze
In August 2001, his racing career almost ended due to a near-fatal motorcycle accident. He crashed with a car on his way home from a summer training session in Austria. His leg was nearly amputated by doctors; however, he only underwent massive reconstructive surgery. Several believed his racing career was over, missing the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. In January 2003, he returned to international competition in Adedboden, Switzerland. Two weeks after, the skiing world was greatly shocked by his amazing Super-G in the skiing-mecca of Kitzbühel, Austria. Maier also frequently acts in TV for his sponsor bank Raiffeisen.