He’ll Be Back

The Hermanator announces his plans to return to World Cup racing seven months after having knee surgery.
Hermann Maier GS Pic

We don’t usually cover ski racing. But there’s something about Hermann Maier—maybe it was that spectacular crash at the Nagano Olympic Games in 1998, or maybe it’s his nickname, the Hermantor—but for some reason, we’re interested in his whereabouts. Maier is an Austrian legend and one of the biggest names in World Cup ski racing. And now, seven months after having knee surgery, he’s almost ready to compete again.

The Hermanatorrecently announced his plans to make the World Cup race at Lake Louise, Canada, his first of the 2010 season. The race is scheduled for the end of November and is the third competition on this year’s World Cup schedule. Maier missed the final month of the 2009 World Cup season due to injury.

The only World Cup competition held in the United States is scheduled for the week after the Lake Louise race at Beaver Creek.

Maier won the super-G competition at Lake Louise last year—his 54th World Cup victory. He also holds four overall World Cup titles and two Olympic gold medals. This season will be the 36-year-olds 14th year on the World Cup.


Hermann Maier GS Pic

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