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Dr. Andreas Lotz

Eisenstadt (RWH) Austria's sport mourns the death of Dr Andreas Lotz. The sports physician, who was once president of the red-white-red bobsleigh and skeleton federation, has now died at the age of 67 in a hospital in Eisenstadt, the Austrian Olympic Committee (ÖOC) announced.

In the Innsbruck practice of the native of Lower Austria, Olympic and World Champions were in attendance for many decades, including many athletes from the icetrack sports scene. Lotz became known beyond Austria's borders when he helped Hermann Maier get back into shape after his downhill crash at the 1998 Olympic Games in Nagano.

Lotz helped Maier to continue after the legendary crash and was thus partly responsible for Maier's two gold medals in the super-G and giant slalom. "Maier is physically and mentally so strong that he can cope with it," said the energetic Olympic doctor of the Austrian team at the time.

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