Item description for Hermann Maier: The Race of My Life by Knut Okresek, Barbara Swartzwelter, David Kramer & Hermann Maier...
Hermann "The Herminator" Maier, born in 1972, rose from humble beginnings as a scrawny mason to the heights of sports stardom, skiing to four world champion titles and two gold medals in super-G and giant slalom. All that changed in 2001, when a motorcycle accident threatened to end not only his career but his life. True to his reputation, Maier fought his way back to the slopes and further victories. This compelling biography, which includes insightful text selections by Maier himself, tells a riveting story of flirting with death and dodging it through sheer willpower, of painful recoveries and worldwide triumphs. The dramatic text and many color and black-and-white photographs cover Maier's highs and lows, including his appearance at the 1998 Olympic Games at Nagano, where he stunned millions in what has become the most notorious downhill crash of all time. This best-selling biography profiles a man who is a superstar in every sense.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 6" Height: 9" Weight: 1.2 lbs.
Release Date Dec 13, 2005
ISBN 1931382832 ISBN13 9781931382830
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No Guts no Glory Nov 1, 2007
Hermann Maier's story is inspiring. He tells us all just what it might take to be a world champion. No one has had the same mountians to climb to stand on the top.
A must read
A little disappointed Sep 7, 2006
This book gave me insight into the competitive world of ski racing and I found it very informative. Maier's comeback from his horrible accident is indeed inspiring, but I found the book way too long and detailed to keep my interest from waning. I finished it, but it was tedious. A good editor and a little more flair could have made this a great book.
Amazing Comeback Aug 16, 2006
Herman's book can be subtitled "Don't count me down and out just yet...." And this is the recurring theme throughout.
Perhaps it's the translation into English, but the Herminator comes across as not only a great athlete, but a little too self-centered! It's as everything revolves around his being and return to winning, no make that crushing his competitors and not just the race hill. You can almost "see and hear" the snorting, growling, grimacing in the start gate as you read this book - yet you don't really get a true feeling of what all this means to him other than competition, endorsements, and being the all conquering focus for the Austrians - not even his team mates. But somewhat like Bode Miller, Maier came from "outside" the alpine racing mainstream and perhaps that's why he appears to remain somewhat outside the norm.
I read Bode's book at the same time and in the end, you sure know which guy you want to sit and have a beer with or ski a run with.
Inspiring Mar 22, 2006
I have always been a fan of Hermann Maier - not many have the ability to bounce back like he can. I bought the book for my son who is just learning to ski and he really enjoyed the biography. It is a good against all odds story and I would encourage anyone looking for a gift for an aspiring skier to send them a copy.
We have learned that Hermann has a talent for skiing but the guy can write too. The book also teaches good sportsmanship and I want my son to grow up respecting his team mates and have a good attitude. Being a good sport is not just about big sponsors.
We really enjoyed watching him ski and win medals at the Olympics!! And we really enjoyed his book!
Skiingwith the best of the best! Mar 22, 2006
I thought that Hermann Maier wrote a very candid and authentic book about his victories and struggles in the world of expert skiing...a help to the layman and an inspiration to the professionals about not giving up and how to reach for those goals/dreams!
This book is a realistic perspective of a true hero and athlete and it's a great read for young and old!
I enjoyed it very much and I applaud Hermann for his perspective on life and on skiing.