What is the most spectacular fall in history
Anecdote 3 - Olympic Anecdotes: A spectacular picture of a spectacular fall
Olympic Anecdotes: A Spectacular Picture of a Spectacular Fall
From blood bags, tenths of a second and a miracle: the Winter Olympics have produced wondrous stories and anecdotes in abundance. To report on all of them would fill pages and hours. Here you will find a little story every day.
The American sports photographer Carl Yarbrough says: "Photographing the descent is the hardest thing of all. You only have one chance for the really good picture. You have to take it, otherwise it will be too late." Yarbrough was recalled from Lillehammer in 1994 because he had not succeeded in taking good pictures.
For Nagano in 1998 he accepted an assignment from the renowned US magazine Sports Illustrated. For the men's downhill, he chose a position high up on the route. But his position would have been too low. So he took a chipboard and a small ladder to race.
The first three drivers, including Franco Cavegn from Graubünden, who started first, were "boring", said Yarbrough later in an interview. Everyone took the right turn perfectly.
The Herminator was born
Then came Hermann Maier with the number 4, the high favorite for gold. The few tenths of a second that meant his "chance" turned out to be the best tenths of a second in the life of the hitherto little known photographer. Thanks to the automatic trigger, he captured in razor-sharp images how the Herminator hung across and high in the air during what was perhaps the most spectacular and certainly most significant fall - it was actually a flight.
The body in a lying position, legs and skis stretched up, arms rowing. They were pictures that went around the world. Unforgettable images that most professional photographers dream of in vain for a lifetime. Despite the fall, Maier competed in the Super-G and the giant slalom. He won gold both times. From there on he was the Herminator.
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