Dec 19, 2013 2:49 PM by Associated Press

Air bag safety system tested on World Cup skiers

VAL GARDENA, Italy (AP) - An air bag worn around the neck for improved safety while skiing is being tested on the World Cup circuit for the first time this week.

Werner Heel of Italy and Jan Hudec of Canada wore the air bags in downhill training on Thursday.

Working with the International Ski Federation, the Italian manufacturer Dainese has been collecting information from skiers for four years. They're trying to determine the point in a fall where a racer can no longer regain control, which then activates the bag to inflate.

Up to six skiers will wear the air bags in downhill training sessions for the rest of this season. The air bags have not been approved for races.

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