Coach in Cavanoud Crash Improving

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Innsbruck, Austria Nov. 1, 2001 (AP)--The condition of the German ski coach involved in the accident that killed Regine Cavagnoud has improved, his doctor said Thursday.

Markus Anwander has been stabilized, though his life remains at risk if complications arise, said Dr. Wolfgang Koller, head of the Innsbruck University Clinic's trauma intensive care unit.

``Everything is running according to the plan,'' he said, adding several surgeries were planned for coming days.

French World Cup champion Cavagnoud died Wednesday of injuries from the accident two days earlier. With family gathered at her bedside, the skier's respirator was disconnected after tests showed no brain function.

The 31-year-old skier had just cleared a slight hump on the Pitztal glacier and was hurtling down the mountain at about 40 mph when Anwander crossed into her path, witnesses told authorities.

A senior official in the German ski federation, Walter Vogel, said Wednesday no one on the team knew Cavagnoud was coming down the mountain when Anwander entered the training area.

Anwander underwent spinal surgery Wednesday. He also has a severe head injury.

Cavagnoud won last season's super-G World Cup and was third overall in the World Cup standings. She also won the super-G title at the World Championships last February in St. Anton, Austria.

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