Car crash changes risk-taking Marcel Hirscher

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Associated Press

Posted on November 29, 2012 at 3:06 PM

BEAVER CREEK, Colo. (AP) — 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 side of the vehicle — one was about to be hit.

Then, Hirscher noticed a person in the passenger's seat. No longer an option.

So he treated the situation like a giant slalom course. He veered around the oncoming car like he would a gate and struck the tree in such a way that he suffered only minor bruises.

The accident changed Hirscher. He's now more calculated about taking risks — even on the race hill.

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