Austria took the first two places, with Germany third, in the descent course of the French ski championships at Val D'Isere, Dec. 16.
LV Barbara Henneberger (Germany) in action
GV PAN..Negotiates course
LV Arrives at finishing point
CU Timing official
CV A.Farmose (France) prepares for start
GV PAN..on course and crashes..men forward to assist
SV A.Farmose moved off in sled
CU Erika Netzer (Austria) prepares to start
CU E.Netzer away
GV PAN..on course
GV Over finishing line
GV PAN..winner Traudl Hecher (Austria) on course
SCU T.Hecher, winner
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Background: Austria took the first two places, with Germany third, in the descent course of the French ski championships at Val D'Isere, Dec. 16. The winners were: (1) Traudl Hecher; (2) Erika Netzer; (3) Barbara Henneberger. The skiing provided many thrills ... and spills!
Annie Farmose, a young French girl from the Pyrenean region, crashed shortly after starting on the course. A group of men rushed forward to help her; and she completed the downward journey .. on a sled. She pulled a muscle, but was not seriously hurt, and was to take part in the following day's slalom events.
The course was steep - on the 2,000-metre run-down skiers dropped 545 meters. Traudl Hecher completed the descent in one minute fifty-two seconds, two seconds ahead of Erika Netzer. There were more than forty other competitors.