LAKE LOUISE, Alberta Nov. 29 2003 (AP) — Hermann Maier won a World Cup super giant slalom Sunday, leading Austria’s sweep of the top four spots.
“At this early point in the season, I’m surprised that it’s happened,” Maier said. “I’m very, very happy with a great performance.”
Maier, a double Olympic gold medalist and three-time World Cup overall champion, missed almost two seasons after a 2001 motorcycle accident nearly cost him a leg.
“I have to forget everything from before my accident,” Maier said. “I can’t feel much in the right leg and that’s often a problem in the gliding sections because I don’t know if I’m on the edges or flat parts of the skis. It was good for me after the accident to have a goal: to learn to walk, maybe to ski again. Now the next thing is to improve skiing.”
He finished in 1 minute, 36.69 seconds, 0.26 ahead of Michael Walchhofer, who won the downhill race Saturday. Reigning overall World Cup champion Stephan Eberharter was third in 1:37.24.
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