Nathalie Birli managed to placate the man by complimenting him on the many orchids growing in his home.
A young Austrian triathlete kidnapped while riding her bike talked her way to freedom by complimenting her captor's orchids, a police source said Saturday, confirming press reports.
Professional triathlete Nathalie Birli, 27, was struck by a car Tuesday and broke her arm while falling to the ground near Graz in southeastern Austria, the press reports said.
The driver then knocked her out with a piece of wood and took her to his isolated home.
However she managed to placate the man by complimenting him on the many orchids growing in his home.
Police used the GPS record to track down the man and arrest him at his house, they said.
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