Famous Austrian Ulrike Maier, during the downhill course, hit a pile of snow and tragically ended her life at the age 26 by breaking her neck.
On this day a famous Austrian ski racer Ulrike Maier died during the downhill course in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. While skiing, she hit an obstacle at 105 km/h and broke her neck. Ulrike Maier was a two-time World Champion in Super-G and won five World Cups (3 in giant slalom and 2 in super giant slalom). At the time of death she was only 26 years old.
Initially it was thought that Ulrike Maier’s death was caused by a collision with a wooden timing post so a lawsuit against the organizers was filed. However, it was later determined that she had actually crashed into a pile of snow on the border of the racecourse, so that the negligence suit against the organizers was dismissed.