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Radstadt, Austria Aug. 24, 2001–Austrian superstar Hermann Maier suffered a broken right leg when he crashed his motorcycle near Radstadt, Austria while avoiding a car which had turned in front of him. Austrian officials did not immediately know if the injury would keep him out of the coming season.
“This is a very tough break for our sport,” said U.S. Ski Team Vice President of Athletics Alan Ashley. “While he’s a tough competitor, Hermann has been a great training partner for our U.S. Ski Team athletes. We hope he has a quick recovery.”
Maier had been home only two days from an August training camp in Portillo where both the Austrian and U.S. Ski Teams trained in mid-winter conditions. The U.S. Ski Team remained in Chile.
Maier’s accident occured Friday evening in Austria. He was transported by helicopter to Salzburg where he underwent surgery.