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Two legends open Alpine Skiing World Championships

The official opening of the Alpine Skiing World Championships took place yesterday (Mon, 18.30) in Schladming, Salzburg.

Hollywood-Star Arnold Schwarzenegger ("Terminator"), who is originally from Styria, and Austrian Ski legend Hermann Maier ("Herminator"), along with other celebrities were part of the celebrations.

Austrian musicians such as Rainhard Fendrich, Wolfgang Ambros and Andreas Gabalier supported the event.

International ski racers will fight for medals in eleven competitions. The races will start today (Tues) and end on 17 February. 400,000 visitors are expected in Schladming throughout the whole event.

Arnold Schwarzenegger arrived in Schladming already on Sunday. Yesterday he went shopping in Schladming and in the area. Mr Schwarzenegger had breakfast with another Austrian ski legend, Franz Klammer, and visited the gym at "Sporthotel Royer".

The former Governor of the US-State California and Mr Maier are planning to go skiing during the following days. Austrian skier Marcel Hirscher said he would join the celebrities after the Alpine Skiing World Championships have ended.

"It is amazing that a great Austrian celebrity like Mr Schwarzenegger is so enthusiastic about sports.", Mr Maier said.
"Terminator" and "Herminator" had already got on well when they met at Beaver Creek in 1999.

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