Hermann Maier, one of world's greatest skiers, has been awarded the Pery Medal by the Ski Club of Great Britain. During the Ski Club of Great Britain's annual snowsports industry party on Wednesday 24th October 2007, attended by all the VIPs of the snowsports world, Maier was shown on a giant screen being awarded the medal in Vienna.
The Ski Club of Great Britain has honoured various high-profile members of the ski industry with the celebrated Pery Medal. The medal, initially awarded in 1930 to Arnold Lunn, the inventor of Alpine ski racing in 1930, rewards outstanding contribution to skiing or snowsports in the areas of mountaincraft, exploration, advancement of technique, international competition or general snowsports development.
Hermann Maier has four Olympic medals to his name: two golds from Nagano in 1998 in Super Giant Slalom (Super G) and Giant Slalom (GS) and two from the Turin 2006 Games; a Silver in Super G and a Bronze in GS. He has an incredible 53 victories in World Cup races giving him 14 World Cup Titles (4 Overall, 3 GS, 2 Downhill, 5 Super G) and has stepped up to the podium an amazing 93 times (94 if you count a race in Val d'Isere in '97 that he clearly won but took his ski off before the red line therefore cancelling the result!).
The last recipient, in 2003 - the Club’s centenary year - was Franz Klammer. The latest award goes to Maier, another outstanding Austrian racer who has not only enjoyed a brilliantly successful career – but has displayed extraordinary courage and will-power in overcoming a devastating injury in a motorcycle accident six years ago in which he could very easily have lost a leg.
The Ski Club's film crew flew to Vienna to award the Pery Medal to Maier before he returned to join the rest of the Austrian team preparing for this weekend's FIS World Cup opening race at Soelden. Maier said, "It is a great honour for me to receive the Pery Medal. I want to thank the Ski Club of Great Britain and President Robert Swan for this outstanding award. I am well aware of its importance. Looking at the list of persons who received the Pery Medal since 1930 makes me proud and humble. Being a member of such an illustrious circle gives me a lot of motivation and also the feeling of responsibility for our magnificent and beloved sport".
Caroline Stuart Taylor, Chief Executive of the Ski Club of Great Britain said, " We are delighted that Hermann Maier has accepted the Pery Medal. He is an incredible skier who has already achieved so much. We wish him success as he goes on to defend his giant slalom title this winter. Maier is an inspiration to skiers around the world."
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