2nd DH training run goes to Austria's Elisabeth Goergl
Elisabeth Goergl of Austria clocked the fastest time of the day at 1:40.81 on the 2,637 km long Piste Nationale. The two-time Olympic bronze medalist in downhill and giant slalom beat the second fastest Fabienne Suter of Switzerland by 0.37 seconds and downhill Olympic Champion Lindsey Vonn (USA) by 0.73 seconds. Nadia Styger (SUI) was fourth and Stacey Cook (USA) fifth in Thursday's second downhill training.
Vonn's globe chase in the speed disciplines
Heading into Friday's race, Vonn is in the lead in the super combined standings after two races, 160-150 over Sweden's Anja Paerson and 30 points ahead of Austrian Michaela Kirchgasser. The 25-year old American, who knows that slalom is not her strongest discipline, will need to ski well in the downhill portion of the race to be able to beat Paerson who captured the bronze medal in the Olympic super combined. In Vancouver, Vonn led in the super combined by three tenths of a second after the downhill and as the last racer down the slalom, was holding her lead until she hooked a gate about halfway down and took a DNF instead of a medal.
Germany's Maria Riesch and Vonn are in a two-woman battle for the crystal downhill globe. After six races, Vonn has 545 points and leads Riesch by 129 points. The American won the downhill race in Crans Montana two years ago and will try to keep rival Maria in her sights for the downhill Saturday, March 06. If she can accomplish that, Vonn can lock up the downhill standings before the Finals in Garmisch-Partenkirchen even start.
In super G, Vonn will claim her second consecutive title after 2008/09 as she has won three out of five races this season. This propelled her to the top of the World Cup super G standings with 440-220 points over Switzerland's Fabienne Suter. With 2 races remaining, Vonn is too far ahead of everyone to still lose the discipline lead. Also in the overall World Cup standings, Vonn has 1311 points and leads with 137 over Maria Riesch.
Programme in Crans Montana:
Super combined: Friday, March 05, downhill at 10.00 CET, slalom at 13.00 CET
Downhill: Saturday, March 06, at CET
Super G: Sunday, March 07, at CET
Complete programme can be found here