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Bronze for German skiers at Alpine Ski Championships

Germany's mixed-sex parallel slalom team have taken home bronze in the Alpine Ski World Championship in a nail-biting run against Canada. Home-team Austria took gold with a clear finals win over Sweden.

12.02.2013, Planai, Schladming, AUT, FIS Weltmeisterschaften Ski Alpin, Teambewerb, im Bild Fritz Dopfer (GER) // Fritz Dopfer of Germany in action during Team Competition at the FIS Ski World Championships 2013 at the Planai Course, Schladming, Austria on 2013/02/12. EXPA Pictures © 2013, PhotoCredit: EXPA/ Johann Groder - 20130212_PD2214

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The German parallel slalom team secured third place in the Alpine Ski World Championship mixed-sex team competition held in Schladming, Austria on Tuesday.

Lena Dürr, Maria Hölf-Riesch, Felix Neureuther and Fritz Dopfer beat Canada in a dramatic finish for bronze in front of a crowd of nearly 20,000 fans.

The German Ski Federation (DSV) team eliminated France in the quarter-finals, but were beaten 4-0 by Austria in the semi-finals 4-0. In the gold medal race, Germany and Canada scored two race victories each, with Germany then granted the bronze courtesy of a meager 0.03-second advantage in aggregate times over the four runs.

World Cup champion Marcel Hirscher helped the Austrian favorites - also featuring Nicole Hosp, Michaela Kirchgasser and Philipp Schoerghofer - win their first gold medal of the championships. All four Austrian skiers won their races in the final against Sweden, as was the case against Germany in the semis.

The competition continues on Thursday with the women's giant slalom event.

jlw/msh (SID, dpa)

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