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Avalanche kills French soldier

A French army officer on security duty at the Olympics was killed in an avalanche near the Courchevel venue Saturday afternoon, officials said.

Hubert Marcy, head of an Alpine patrol squad, was working alone when he was caught in the snowslide, said Stefanie Tisserond, a spokeswoman for the organizers.

Canadian, Swede lead aerials

Canadian and Swedish skiers were leading after eliminations in freestyle skiing aerials, a demonstration event.

Nicholas Fontaine of Canada held a slim margin over countryman Philippe LaRoche, 215.33 points to 214.92. Trace Worthington of Plymouth, Minn., was third at 209.38.

In the women's competition, Marie Lindgren of Sweden held a comfortable lead over Colette Brand of Switzerland, 155.74 points to 150.01.

In aerials, skiers are launched by a ramp and perform maneuvers such as a somersault or double somersault with a tuck on the first turn and a twist on the second.


Puerto Rican bobsledder Jorge Bonnet suffered a slight concussion in a crash. The sled flipped over in a turn near the top of the 1,508-meter track and slid uncontrollably through the finish, trapping driver John Amabile and brakeman Bonnet inside. Prince Hubertus Von Hohenlohe, son of an Austrian prince and a member of the Italian family that owns the Fiat automobile company, will ski for Mexico today in the super-giant slalom. Hohenlohe, born in Mexico, was 38th in the downhill and said he'd be happy with 65th place today. Kerrin Lee-Gartner, the upset winner in the women's downhill, says that more than a year ago she heard a voice in a dream say "medaille d'or" _ "gold medal" in French.

_ Compiled from wire reports.