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Air bag safety system tested

Updated: December 19, 2013, 4:22 PM ET
Associated Press

VAL GARDENA, Italy -- An air bag worn around the neck for improved safety while skiing is being tested on the World Cup circuit for the first time this week.

Werner Heel of Italy and Jan Hudec of Canada wore the air bags in downhill training on Thursday.

Working with the International Ski Federation, the Italian manufacturer Dainese has been collecting information from skiers for four years. They're trying to determine the point in a fall where a racer can no longer regain control, ...

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