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“The marvelous landscape in the Andes was covered with a deep blanket of powder-dry virgin snow. When I plunged onto the steep slopes and the snow whipped up on both sides of me, I felt like shouting for joy. I was finally certain: Skiing, that’s my life! When the others arrived and immediately started working the gates, I was still plowing through the terrain. I could only think, "Unbelievable! The others just can’t see the marvel of nature." I ran wild in the deep powder all day long and experienced one of the most beautiful skiing days of my life.”
  — Hermann Maier (1972 – ), Austrian Olympic ski racer, in his book Hermann Maier: The Race of My Life