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Austrian skier Rainer dies after paragliding fall

Updated: August 16, 2008, 8:19 AM ET

VIENNA, Austria -- Austrian Nordic combined skier Alfred Rainer died Saturday from severe head injuries in a paragliding accident last week, the Austrian Ski Federation said. He was 20.

Rainer was kept in an artificial coma at a hospital in Innsbruck after crashing from 66 feet above ground and suffering a head injury, a bruised lung and several broken leg bones.

The accident occurred on Aug. 7 in his hometown of Maria Alm in the province of Salzburg, the federation said.

Rainer won two bronze medals and a gold medal in the team event at last year's junior world championships in Tarvisio, Italy, and competed on the World Cup circuit since 2007.

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