Arnold Schwarzenegger, Hermann Maier share stage at opening ceremony of ski world championship

SCHLADMING, Austria - The Terminator joined the "Herminator" to get the Alpine skiing world championships started.

Austria-born Arnold Schwarzenegger and skiing great Hermann Maier shared the stage Monday during a rain-drenched opening ceremony of the 42nd Alpine worlds in Schladming, which is part of the Styria province where the superstar actor and former California governor grew up.

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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."

During his successful career which ended in 2009, Maier was nicknamed "The Herminator" after Schwarzenegger's "Terminator" movies.

The 70-minute ceremony showed music and folklore from Austria and was attended by 10,000 visitors, including many of the skiers who will compete at the 13-day event.

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

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