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ROME — Perhaps if Lindsey Vonn had a big cushy air bag to fall on when she tore two ligaments in her right knee she wouldn’t have missed the Sochi Olympics.

And maybe Aksel Lund Svindal wouldn’t have broken bones in his face and suffered a laceration to his groin and abdominal area after failing to land a massive jump in 2007.

Looking back, it’s nearly impossible to calculate what effect — if any — an air bag would have had in those crashes.

An air bag system intended for speed races, such as downhill, will debut at the women’s downhill Jan. 10.

But with a radical air bag system being approved for use in World Cup and lower level races beginning in January, Alpine skiing could get a lot safer.

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