Der Herminator

By this point you probably know about "The Hermanator"--Tea Party favorite Herman Cain--and also NASCAR's "Hermanator," Kenny Wallace. Interestingly enough, it appears there is another! Helpful reader Ulrich Kreuzwieser has directed my attention to the existence of "The Herminator," Austrian ski racer Hermann Maier. I'm not much of a ski-racing buff myself, but judging from Mr. Kreuzweiser's testimony, Wikipedia, and YouTube clips like this one of Maier crashing spectacularly in the 1998 Nagano Olympics (he got up and went on to win two gold medals), "The Herminator"--sounds best if you say it with a Schwarzenegger accent--is an utter and total badass. Evidently, he destroyed his leg in a motorcycle accident so badly that doctors wanted to amputate, but he refused and actually managed to come back and win some more medals. Any excuse to post video of epic ski crashes is a welcome one, so here's the clip of Maier's 1998 wipeout:

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