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Hermann Maier Survives Fall To Win Skiing Gold - Nagano 1998 Winter Olympics

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Published on Jan 12, 2013

Making an incredible comeback from a fall in the downhill event Austria's Hermann Maier returns days later to claim skiing gold in these classic Olympic highlights.

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Hermann Maier's parents managed a ski school in Flachau, Austria, and Hermann began entering ski races at the age of five. When he was fifteen, a growth disorder forced him to give up the sport temporarily, during which time he worked as a bricklayer.

He began representing Austria internationally in 1996 and achieved immediate success. He qualified to enter four events at the Olympic Games in Nagano in 1998. During the downhill he lost control and took a spectacular fall, flying more than 100m through the air and crashing through two retaining fences before coming to a stop. Incredibly, he not only survived without serious injury, but three days later he raced in the super-G and won the gold medal. Three days after that he earned a second gold medal in the giant slalom.

Find more about Hermann Maier: http://www.olympic.org/hermann-maier

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