Ski Champion Ulrike Maier: Deadly Ski Accident VIDEO

Ulrike Maier (October 22, 1967–January 29, 1994) was an Austrian alpine skier and two-time Super-G World Alpine Ski Champion, who was killed on January 29, 1994 during a World Cup downhill race in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, when she crashed into a post. Maier was skiing about 120 km/h down the slope when she crashed headfirst into a post at the side of the course and broke her neck. She died of her injuries shortly after being evacuated to the hospital in nearby Murnau, Germany where she was pronounced dead at age 26.

Maier won the Super-G gold medal at the World Alpine Ski Championships in both 1989 and 1991. She also took home the giant slalom bronze medal in the 1991 event. She scored a total of 5 World Cup (2 Super-G, 3 Giant Slalom) race victories in her career.