Austrian ski racing legend, Hermann Maier, to walk to South Pole

Posted By: The Ski Channel on September 8, 2010 9:24 am

Austrian ski legend Hermann Maier may have officially ended his illustrious race career last winter, but the man known as “The Herminator” isn’t ready to give up competitive skiing completely. Maier has a new ski related challenge: walking to the South Pole on skis.

Maier, who holds two Olympic gold medals and four World Cup overall titles, plans to embark on his new challenge starting in December. He will be part of an Austrian team competing in a made-for-TV competition that will pit Maier’s home country against a German team to see who can complete the 250-mile journey first, according to a Reuters report.

The race is expected to take approximately two weeks depending on weather. Maier and his teammates will walk their skis for nearly 16 hours each day with only a sled holding their necessary food and supplies.

The tough-as-nails skier should have no problem overcoming the extreme obstacles as Maier literally made a career out of doing just that. Readers might remember it was Maier who famously earned two 1998 Olympic gold medals in Super-G and giant slalom just days removed from a scary downhill crash that saw the Austrian tumble violently off course through two layers of B-netting.

Check out the amazing clip below:



However, Maier’s most memorable comeback has to be his return from a 2001 motorcycle crash that was thought not only to be career-ending, but result in doctors being forced to amputate his leg. Fortunately, after Maier opted for reconstructive surgery, his leg was saved along with his ski racing dreams. In 2004, his first full World Cup season back, he again captured both the Super-G and overall titles.

If I was a betting man, I’d double down on Maier.