Sweden’s Pärson second in downhill to Vonn

American ski superstar Lindsey Vonn beat Swedish veteran Anja Pärson for her 20th downhill victory on the World Cup circuit in Zauchensee, Austria on Saturday.

Sweden's Pärson second in downhill to Vonn

The win was the 37th World Cup success for the 26-year-old Olympic champion. She defeated Pärson by 0.43 of a second, while Austrian Anna Fenninger grabbed her first-ever podium finish in the discipline 0.98 of a second back.

It was Pärson’s first podium finish of the season. Vonn said that she had won despite a narrow escape from crashing out.

“I made a small mistake which was perhaps because of the snow, it was very wet and all of a sudden I was almost in the netting. At that point, I said to myself that if I got through the next few corners I am going to maintain my speed to the finish,” said Vonn.

“I did not think that it was finished at that moment, I thought if I was quick over the rest of the course, there was still a chance of winning,” she added.

World Cup leader Maria Riesch of Germany retained her place atop the overall standings by finishing fourth, but Vonn was delighted she had made inroads into her lead.

“It is a very important result in terms of the overall standings. I can claw back points during the weekends that involve the speed-orientated races,” said the American, who unlike Riesch, is not a top-class slalom performer.

“I must do that. There are several speed events, and I must give everything in them. We will see what my form is like at the world championships [in Garmisch, Germany, in February] and then I will give my all till the end of the season,” she added.

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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.