Cancellation of men's 1st DH training in Kvitfjell (NOR)
The men's first downhill training in the Norwegian Kvitfjell on Wednesday was cancelled due to heavy snowfall and poor visibility. As Kvitfjell is reporting “Packed powder snow” with 3cm new snow forecast in the next 48 hours but with better predictions for Thursday morning, the starting time for the men’s second downhill training has been adjusted. It will now slated to kick off at 9:30 CET.
The two downhills – one of them is replacing the cancelled Beaver Creek downhill – will be staged on Friday, 11 March, and Saturday, 12 March. The week-end will conclude with a super G on Sunday, 13 March 2011.
The 2010/11 season is slowly approaching its end with three men’s downhills left on the calendar (2 in Kvitfjell and 1 in Lenzerheide). It will come down to a duel among the Swiss and the Austrians deciding over who will lock down the downhill World Cup title. Switzerland’s Didier Cuche currently leads the standings with 379 points over Austria’s Michael Walchhofer with 314 points. Cuche's teammate Silvan Zurbriggen in third collected 285 and fourth-placed Austrian Klaus Kroell has 279 points. They can all still keep their hopes up to win the small globe.
Didier Cuche, who had surgery on his thumb, will race in Kvitfjell with a plaster splint. He won the downhill in 2010 ahead of Norway's Aksel Lund Svindal and Austria's Klaus Kroell.
In super G, the World Cup leader in this discipline Georg Streitberger of Austria (227) is sidelined due to injury, which opens up the doors for the others, with two events remaining. Croatia’s Ivica Kostelic and Cuche are both in second with 191 points. Benjamin Raich (AUT), who is also injured, has 184 points, followed by Romed Baumann of Austria (179) in fifth and Carlo Janka of Switzerland (176) in sixth place.
In 2010, Erik Guay of Canada took the super G. Austria's Hannes Reichelt got second and Switzerland's Tobias Gruenenfelder and Svindal tied for third place.
Almost eight weeks after his crash in the Lauberhorn downhill in Wengen, Switzerland, the German ski racer Stephan Keppler Kvitfjell will give his comeback. The 28-year-old decided to try his luck again prior to the World Cup season ending, after a stress test on Monday in Berchtesgaden showed that his injured knee holds up. "I am almost pain free and we got the problems with the scar tissue under control," said Keppler.
While Keppler returns to the World Cup tour, U.S. ski star Bode Miller ends his season early for the third time in succession. As reason for not racing in the remaining races, the American Ski Association mentioned that the four times World Champion wanted to spend more time with his little daughter. The 33-year-old Olympic champion, who only reached two twelfth places as best results at the World Championships in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, had already skipped the World Cups in Bansko and Kranjska Gora after the championships.
Thursday, 10 March 2011
9.30 – Start final downhill training
Friday, 11 March 2011
11.30 - Start 1st downhill
Saturday, 12 March 2011
11.30 - Start 2nd downhill
11.00- Start super-G