Monday, 22. December 2014
12. 02. 13. - 15:00
Ski legend Hermann Maier strongly criticizes the Austrian Ski Federation (ÖSV) and their management. The Alpine Skiing World Championships in Schladming do not present the ÖSV team and their coaches in a good light.
Hermann Maier from Flachau (Pongau) is writing an online diary about the World Championships, which can be read on the website of his main sponsor.
In his blog, Maier said that the people in charge were apparently overstrained with their task and would hide behind the sportsmen, instead of taking off pressure from them.
"To be honest, there are no candidates for a medal, apart from Anna Fenninger and Marcel Hirscher. Therefore, I think it is time to question the area, the officials and the coaches.
"Instead of taking off the pressure from the team, they have actually increased it with their unreasonably high expectations. I remember well that the focus was on me back then, which made it easier for my colleagues. They could do whatever they wanted.
"Now the officials and coaches should take over. I have, however, not heard a lot from them during the World Championships. Neither was there the slightest self-criticism. In my opinion, it is necessary to examine the preparations and the training, which are conducted with a big effort.
"I wish they would recall the basics of skiing and that – without looking at the pressure – the pleasure for the sport was the most important factor. Instead, they are hiding behind the sportsmen, knowing that, in case of failure, they are guaranteed a different job. This is a tradition in Austria."
The Austrian Ski Federation has not yet reacted upon Mr Maier’s criticism. Priority is now apparently given to the fight for medals.
Ebola's deadly reach impacts Vienna student
Austria has yet to record its first case of Ebola, but the feared virus has already had a severe impact on the lives of Africans living in Vienna.
Grigorij Sokolov Works His Magic At Vienna Konzerthaus
Whilst the world-famous Wizard of Oz played at the Volksoper, there was another Wizard in the Konzerthaus giving his 16th performance in Vienna!
Penelope Cruz To Play The Ice Cream Killer
The memoirs of the woman dubbed the Ice Cream Killer after she shot dead two ex-lovers before hacking the bodies up with a chainsaw and telling neighbours the noise was a new ice cream machine are due to be turned into a blockbuster with Penelope Cruz playing the lead role.
Kid Left In Coma After Beaten By Teacher For Talking
This is the shocking image of a little Chinese girl before and after she was punished by her teacher - for talking in class.
Freezing Rain Causes Chaos In Central Europe
Freezing weather has arrived in Europe with a vengeance with a layer of ice blanketing parts of Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic and causing traffic chaos.
Holey Smoke As Car Disappears Down Sinkhole
Motorist Wei Hsiao found himself in a hole lot of trouble in China when a giant sinkhole opened up on the road beneath him, swallowing his entire car.
Shock Moment Police Helicopter Explodes On Street
This is the moment a police helicopter exploded into a spinning ball of flame in Chile when a fire truck clipped one of its rotors.
More Than Twenty 100,000 GBP Motors Used In Bridal Convoy
A Chinese couple who wanted to have the most expensive wedding convoy possible arranged for a convoy of top of the range cars including a stretch Hummer followed by Lamborghinis, Porsches and other VIP motors.
Riot Police Star In Downs Syndrome Calendar
Spanish riot police have joined forces with Down's syndrome kids to take part in a special calendar for charity.
Chinese Nuclear Winter Smog Leaves Clinics Full
Fresh proof of Chinese scientists' claims that the country's toxic air pollution resembles a nuclear winter are shown by these images that show clinics and hospitals packed with patients suffering with trouble breathing.
The most popular stories –
last 7 days
|UN Security Expert Says One Jihad Poster Girl Is Dead|
|Ebola's deadly reach impacts Vienna student|
|Russian Cops Beat Man To A Pulp In Front Of Children|
|Porsche Driver Crushed After Ploughing Into Lorry|
|Grigorij Sokolov Works His Magic At Vienna Konzerthaus|
Why suffer in silence. Let off steam by letting our readers share your troubles. File your complaints about anything and everything here.
Our ombudsman David Rogers will try and help solve some of the problems from lazy civil servants through to incompetent companies – and at the very least the worst transgressors will end up in our weekly special report.