Cook leads last Downhill training
SCHLADMING, Austria – The third ladies’ Downhill training followed the exciting men’s race and was marked by almost half the field deciding that rest was more important than testing the slope once more. Out of the 51 ladies on the start list, only 22 took the opportunity to test one more time the slope before the race on Sunday.
Among the ‘resting team’ top favorites like Tina Maze, Maria Hoefl-Riesch and defending champion Elisabeth Goergl. After winning the Super G and Super Combined races respectively, both Maze and Hoefl-Riesch will be aiming for a second gold of the championships on Sunday. Even though Goegl has not finished higher than 15th in a World Cup downhill race this season, she could be first woman in 24 years to defend her WCh DH title
American Stacey Cook was the fastest through the finish line and with a time of 1 minute, 50.87 seconds she left the rest of the field far behind. The skier who got the closest to Cook was Marion Rolland. The French finished 1.83 seconds behind while Stefainie Moser finished third, over two seconds out.
Race is scheduled for 11.00 CET and if we are to judge by today’s 30000 cheering fans, it’s going to once again be an amazing day in Schladming.