Say it isn’t so – Hermann Maier retires

Posted By: Steve Bellamy on October 13, 2009 7:52 am


The Herminator – he won 54 World Cup Ski Races, 2 gold medals at Nagano in the 98 Olympics and is one of the most famous skiers of all time.  He is the one you wait for when ski racing is on television.  The wait just got longer as Hermann Maier is retiring at age 36.

“I gave it a lot of thought but decided that now is the best time for retirement,” said Maier.  “I am healthy now and that’s the way I want to live on.  I wanted to become fit once more and I’ve accomplished that now.  In this good condition, I could decide whether to go on with my career or not.”

At the Nagano Olympics, Maier won the super-G and the giant slalom just a couple of days after a scary, full speed crash.  Maier is the Michael Jordan story as he was a middle-of-the-pack junior racer at best and had no real results until age 23 when he won at Garminsch-Partenkirchen, Germany.  

Maier had knee surgery after the World Cup season ended last year and didn’t get to ski again until last week.  His 54 World Cup titles and 4 overall titles put him 2nd to Ingemar Stenmark.

Maier had indicated a couple of weeks ago that he would be skiing.  But has obviously had a change of heart.