Fabienne Suter fastest in 2nd downhill training
Crans-Montana, Switzerland - As forecast it snowed overnight and the downhill track was covered with a 4 to 6 cm fresh layer this morning. Therefore the second and final training run ahead of Saturday's race was delayed by 30 minutes to get the course race ready. The 57 racers could train from the very top today.
Switzerland's Fabienne Suter posted the fastest time on Friday, finishing in 1:36.49. Her team-mate Lara Gut was 0.08 seconds back and American Laurenne Ross 0.53 behind Suter's run time.
“I am actually surprised to see that I was the fastest, since my run wasn't perfect,” Suter said. “I wasn't always clean and I didn't take too many risks in the lower section, as I wasn't good there yesterday. Today I tried to find the right line.”
“The snow was better today. It is still a little bit soft in some turns,” Suter continued. “But the course is great. It's challenging and I like it. One has to be very brave to win on this hill.”
Suter, who finished in second place in three of the last four downhill events, could claim her second World Cup victory in this discipline after triumphing in Bansko seven years ago, on 27 February 2009.
The overall World Cup leader Lindsey Vonn came in fifth position, 0.30 seconds off the pace.
“Today was better,” Vonn said. “I think I had a better feeling today. It's only my second time on the course now. I can definitely ski better on top. That was actually my first run up there. The snow is definitely soft in some places but in general it was much better than yesterday. I just have to figure out the timing and the line a little bit more. I think it was a good step and hopefully tomorrow I can make another one and ski faster.”
The downhill race is scheduled to start at 10:30 on Saturday.
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