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Police recover body of freeskier

June 6, 2010

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— Peruvian mountain rescue police brought the body of acclaimed freeskier Arne Backstrom down off 18,780-foot Pisco mountain Saturday, two days after he died in a high-altitude fall.

Recovering Backstrom’s body from the remote peak in the Cordillera Blanca range was delayed a day because rescuers first had to remove a local guide who broke his leg in the operation, said officer Tavel Arellano of the Peruvian national police’s High Mountain Rescue unit.

The 29-year-old Backstrom, first-place winner at this year’s Canadian Freeskiing Championship, died on a clear sunny day at about 2 p.m., Arellano said from Huaraz, a provincial capital.

He estimated Backstrom, of Olympic Valley, Calif., fell more than 1,300 feet and likely died immediately.

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