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‘If I was Pärson I would’ve quit long ago’: Lindsey Vonn

For her eleventh World Cup win of the season, American skiing sensation Vonn beat out her Swedish counterpart Anja Pärson by nearly six seconds and says that if she were in Pärson's shoes, she would've quit long ago.

'If I was Pärson I would've quit long ago': Lindsey Vonn

In Åre’s giant slalom race, 29 year-old Anja Pärson crossed the finish line nearly six seconds slower than Lindsey Vonn.

“I’m sorry to say it, but that was the worst surface of the year. There were such craters, I was shocked when racing there,” said Pärson to newspaper Aftonbladet after the race.

When Lindsey Vonn commented on Pärson’s poor performance, she had a surprising response to what she would’ve done in Pärson’s situation:

“I probably would’ve quit a long time ago. I want to quit on top,” said Vonn to Aftonbladet.

However, she still believes that Pärson may yet return to world class form.

“Anja is a winner, who’s won a lot. I think she still wants to, and can, win. When you’ve won as much as her, you can definitely do it again,” Vonn said.

“From what I’ve seen, she’s very happy and enjoys skiing, and that’s what matters most. Sometimes you don’t have to be fast to enjoy what you do.”

Pärson has previously announced her decision to quit skiing, but changed her mind and decided to continue for the 2012 season.

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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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