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Terminator Meets the Herminator

April 24, 1998 GMT

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ The Terminator introduced the Herminator to America.

Austria’s top skier, Hermann Maier, joined actor Arnold Schwarzenegger Thursday night on NBC’s ``The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.″

``He’s a countrymen and a friend of mine,″ Schwarzenegger said. ``He’s one of the greatest athletes of all times.″

A brief clip was shown of the skier’s 90 mph tumble down the slopes during the Olympic downhill.

``The fall would kill every one of us here. This guy gets up, looks in the camera and says, `I’ll be back.′ That’s why they call him the Herminator,″ Schwarzenegger said.


``I don’t watch the tape,″ said Maier, when asked if it’s a painful memory. ``Maybe I was a little bit fast at this turn. I fly up and I thought, `Oh, it’s not the same like United Airlines.‴

Maier is the first Austrian man to win the overall World Cup title since 1970. He won gold medals in the giant slalom and super-G events in the Nagano Olympics.