Hermann Maier (Paperback)

The Race of My Life

By Hermann Maier, David Kramer (Editor), Knut Okresek

VeloPress, 9781931382830, 307pp.

Publication Date: December 13, 2005

List Price: 21.95*
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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.

Praise For Hermann Maier: The Race of My Life

“Maier’s autobiography follows the fanatical and inspiring dedication that enabled Austria’s most popular athlete to recover from motorcycle-crash injuries and win ski races again.” — SKI magazine

“A fast-paced memoir.” — Outside magazine

“Maier’s happy ending to a gruesome and long fight was one few of us understood until the release of his book, Hermann Maier: The Race of My Life, which chronicles the days of depression, painkiller addiction, and paralysis scares followed by nights without sleep in sweat-soaked sheets.” — SKI magazine

“Rarely has there been an athletic comeback story as compelling as that of Hermann Maier. . . . [This book belongs] on the shelf with the best skier biographies, a rarity in a sport that, in America, lives in the margins.” — Boston Globe

“This is the book I was waiting for: A gutsy, honest, straightforward read about one of the best skiers of all time. Hermann is ample proof that there is always hope and his book is destined to be a skiing classic. It's an exciting and captivating read.” — Peter Graves, Olympic and World Cup race announcer

"Great insight into a comeback we only thought we understood." — Steve Porino, OLN and Olympic race announcer

“When you read his book, you realize this guy is all about hard work.” — Todd Brooker, NBC Alpine Skiing Analyst and former pro World Cup downhiller

"A tale of mental toughness and recovery." —Vail Daily

“What is truly illuminating about the Herminator's story is that it's a warts-and-all tale. It's not like Maier always knew he'd make it back. It's not like he never got frustrated and behaved selfishly or rudely. Like any human who has his livelihood suddenly snatched away from him, Maier at times lashed out, threw things in anger and wanted to give up. And then he went back to work with the determination of a champion.” —Dallas Morning News

“An open diary of Maier’s ski career… This book is a lesson in life.” —SportsFeatures.com