Swedish ski racers help save life of German official

GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (AFP) – Three Swedish ski racers, competing in this weekend’s world cup women’s meet in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, helped save the life of a German official who suffered a heart attack in a gondola.

The sports agency SID, an AFP subsidiary, said the trio sprang into action on Thursday by providing first aid when a race official suffered a cardiac arrest in a cable car during a training session for Saturday’s downhill world cup race.

Lisa Hoernblad, Lin Ivarsson and Helena Rapaport were on their way up in a ski lift to test the Garmisch course when the man, a 60-year-old race marshal, collapsed in the cable car cabin.

“It was crazy, we fought to keep him alive, the minutes felt very long,” Hoernblad told Swedish TV broadcaster SVT.