Austria's Maier Makes World Cup History


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Lake Louise, Alberta Canada Dec. 6 (AP)–Hermann Maier has no plans to stop skiing any time soon.

Maier won a World Cup super giant slalom Sunday, the 11th super-G victory of his career, including two this season. The Austrian passed the mark of 10 super-G wins by Switzerland’s Pirmin Zurbriggen, set between 1983 and 1989.

“It’s great to make history, but I’m not (finished),” said Maier, who raced down the 46-gate course in 1 minute, 30.21 seconds. “I guess I can go further and further.”

Frederik Nyberg of Sweden was second in 1:31.16 and Josef Strobl of Austria was third in 1:31.34. Austrian skiers claimed seven of the top 10 spots.

Besides his super-G wins, Maier has two giant slalom and a downhill victory this season, giving him 23 wins in all events.

Maier, who turns 27 on Tuesday, has made the super-G event his personal playground.

His fearless attack on mountains combined with his attention to technical detail makes him a natural for the high-speed event _ introduced to World Cup racing in the early 1980s _ that demands racers be able to handle a twisting downhill course.

“I skied very smooth in the upper section,” said Maier, dubbed the “Herminator.”

“It was very fast. The super-G was much more difficult than the downhill here. I like the super-G, it’s a nice discipline and it’s the most difficult discipline at the moment,” he said.

His history-making run at Lake Louise brought to a close a near perfect weekend of racing for the Austrians. They won five of the six available medals _ three in downhill and two in the super-G _ and virtually owned the top 10.

Nyberg broke the Austrian hold on the medals, and also helped erase the bad memories of his last race at Lake Louise in 1991, the last time a men’s World Cup was held in Alberta.

The veteran Swede crashed badly on the mountain eight years ago and suffered a serious concussion.

“I had good training in the summer and I felt healthy and really motivated for this year,” said Nyberg, 30, who has been on the World Cup circuit since 1989.

“I was a little anxious today, but it was good to make it to the bottom this time.”

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