Terminator, Herminator join forces at ski worlds

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Austrian ski legend Hermann Maier, right, and Austrian-born actor Arnold Schwarzenegger attend the opening ceremony at the Alpine skiing world championships in Schladming, Austria, Monday, Feb.4,2013. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)


SCHLADMING, Austria (AP) — The Terminator joined the "Herminator" at the Alpine skiing world championships.

Austria-born Arnold Schwarzenegger and skiing great Hermann Maier shared the stage Monday during a rain-drenched opening ceremony.

The championships are in Schladming, which is part of the province where the superstar actor and former California governor grew up.

Schwarzenegger said: "I still call this my home. Here I was born and I grew up. Here I started my career and found my way into the world."

Maier retired in 2009 and was nicknamed "The Herminator" after Schwarzenegger's "Terminator" movies.

The 70-minute ceremony featured Austrian music and folklore and was attended by 10,000 people, including many skiers who will compete at the 13-day event.

The worlds begin Tuesday with the women's super-G and end with the men's slalom Feb. 17.