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HERMINATOR TO MISS GAMES: Three-time World Cup champion Hermann Maier won't compete at the Salt Lake City Olympics because of leg injuries from a motorcycle accident in August.

The man nicknamed "Herminator," who won two gold medals at the 1998 Nagano Games, broke his right leg and damaged nerves in his left leg and said Wednesday he still has too many problems — especially with his left leg.

"After the doctor gave me the green light, I tried to move closer to the limit, to ski more like in a race, but I have to say I was not really in a position," Maier said. "This is why I have decided not to be at the Olympics."

His left leg is still numb, and he can't apply a lot of pressure on his right leg, either.

His motorcycle was hit by a car in Austria on Aug. 24, throwing him into a ditch. He had seven hours of surgery.

OLY HOPES END: The Olympic hopes of Austrian skier Josef Strobl ended when he shredded knee ligaments in a crash during downhill practice.

Strobl, a winner of seven World Cup races, will miss the rest of the season.

Ice skating

EX-OLYMPIAN BATTLES TUMOR: Former Olympic figure skater Kim Seybold-Catron is battling a recurrence of a brain tumor that surgeons removed in 1995.

The 36-year-old Seybold-Catron said she will undergo surgery in Phoenix, probably in late March, to remove the benign tumor.

Seybold-Catron said Monday she learned she would need surgery Jan. 8, a day after she and her brother, Wayne Seybold, helped carry the torch for the Winter Olympics during a ceremony at Indianapolis' Monument Circle.

The two finished 10th in pairs figure skating in the 1988 Winter Games.