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Pärson records season best in Spain slalom

Swedish skier Anja Pärson recorded her best performance of the season in claiming fifth place in the World Cup event in La Molina in Spain on Sunday.

Pärson records season best in Spain slalom

Pärson has had a troubled start to the skiing season and had only a seventh place finish as her best performance to date in the slalom event.

The 27-year-old former world champion lay in third after the first run but a series of small mistakes in her second run led to her dropping down the rankings, 2.66 seconds behind the race winner, German skier Maria Riesch.

Riesch was followed by US skier Lindsey Vonn who claimed second place and Austrian Kathrin Zettel who claimed third 0.03 seconds ahead of Pärson.

Fellow Swedish skiers Therese Borssén and Frida Hansdotter came in 11th and 15th respectively.

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Austria avalanche kills three

An avalanche in the Salzburg region killed three people and injured two while they were skiing off-piste, Austria's Red Cross said Saturday.

Snow and avalanche protection fences seen on a clear day on mountains surrounding Lech am Arlberg, western Austria
Some mountains in Austria have snow and avalanche protection fences, like these seen on a clear day on mountains surrounding Lech am Arlberg, western Austria. ALEXANDER KLEIN / AFP

The accident happened Saturday about 2,400 metres (7,800 feet) up in the Lungau district, soon after 1:45 pm local time, Red Cross spokesman Anton Schilcher told the APA agency.

The snow buried eight of the group up to 4.5 metres deep, local emergency response official Christoph Wiedl told local media.

Two of the victims were already dead when their bodies were recovered, while the third died after being airlifted to hospital in Klagenfurt.

The two injured skiers were taken to hospital in the town of Tamsweg.

The skiers caught in the avalanche were from a group from the regions of Salzburg and Upper Austria.

In recent years, an average of around 20 people a year have been killed annually by avalanches in Austria.

The last two seasons were less deadly as the coronavirus pandemic reduced the number of skiers overall.

Avalanches killed four people in western Austria’s Tyrol region last February.

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