Thursday, February 10, 2005

One for the Herminator!

Austrian ski great Hermann Maier (AP Photo) Not even almost losing a leg three years ago was enough to stop "the Herminator" in Bormio! Hermann Maier, who has more skiing bling bling than Deion Sanders has fancy suits, sped down the Stelvio Course Thursday in two runs that totaled 2:50.41, 0.25 ahead of another Austrian, Benjamin Raich.

American Daron Rahlves finished third, 0.68 behind Maier. This was Daron's second medal at this championships - he won a silver in the downhill behind Bode Miller.

Bode - a two-time gold medalist at these championships - crashed in his first run and did not finish. He still leads the overall World Cup standings.

Hermann Maier has now won a medal in every World Championship he has entered since 1999. That is despite nearly losing his leg in a motorcycle crash three years ago. I guess that's like Arnold, with "I'll be back," - not bad for a bricklayer, huh!?

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