Thursday, February 13, 2014

This Day in History - Austrian Ski Racer Hermann Maier Crashes in 1998 Olympics

We were watching ice hockey during the Olympics tonight, which reminded me I hadn't posted this week's This Day in History column yet. Bad blogger.

On February 13, 1998, Austrian ski racer Hermann Maier was competing in the men's downhill at the Olympics in Nagano, Japan, when he lost control during the seventh and eighth turns. Maier catapulted 30 feet in the air, landed on his helmet and rammed through two safety fences at an estimated 80 miles per hour. He suffered only minor injuries and went on to win gold medals in the giant slalom and super-G events several days later.

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