Austrian Hermann Maier wants a come back

Posted By: The Ski Channel on October 6, 2009 9:32 am

After months of training to recover from last March’s knee injury, Austrian superstar Hermann Maier is hoping to get back on the world stage and compete next month.  On his personal website, the Herminator posted “I’m not sad about coming back on the snow so late this year.  The winter will be long enough and since I’m only coming back to the World Cup at the end of November we still have time.”  Maier has won 4 titles in his 14 seasons as a World Cup competitor. 

Maier, who is no stranger to injury, narrowly escaped having his leg amputated in 2001 after a horrific motorcycle collision.  That injury cost him his place in the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, but he did take both silver and bronze medals home from Turin in 2006.  Maier won the gold in Nagano during the 1998 Winter Olympic game despite suffering a crash that could have cost him his life.

Should Maier make travel to Vancouver for the 2010 games, it will be a reunion of the legends of ski with him directly competing with Bode Miller in Downhill and Super-G.