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Car crash changes risk-taking Marcel Hirscher

Updated: November 29, 2012, 4:51 PM ET
Associated Press

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By PAT GRAHAM

AP Sports Writer

BEAVER CREEK, Colo. -- In one horrifying instant on a road in Austria, Marcel Hirscher had to pick between ramming an oncoming car or a tree.

The reigning overall World Cup champion was going about 50 mph near Salzburg last May when a woman cut in front of him to make a turn.

Trees to the right or the vehicle -- one was about to be hit.

At the moment before impact, the Austrian skier noticed ...

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