Fenninger leads Val d'Isère downhill training
Val d'Isère, France – The organisers worked hard on Thursday to best prepare the race slope for the only training run prior to Saturday's downhill race.
The training was interrupted a couple of times: first after the forerunners and then after Austria's Stephanie Moser bib 5 crashed while trying to land the Collombin jump in the top section of the course. The jump had to be re-shaped.
After the long wait, Austria's Anna Fenninger was finally the fastest on the 2900 meter long course in a time of 1:45.93. Her teammate Regina Sterz took second position, just 0.42 seconds off the pace, while USA's Lindsey Vonn took third, 0.45 seconds back.
Fenninger, who is still seeking for her first World Cup victory in downhill, has never been on the podium in Val d'Isère so far in her career.
“The training went well for me,” said Fenninger. “I thought the course would be faster, I was a bit surprised coming down. We had to stay focused while waiting at the start, which I managed to do. Hopefully I can perform well tomorrow as well.”
After her strong comeback in Lake Louise, Lindsey Vonn seemed very comfortable on the “OK” slope despite a mistake in the top section where she went far out wide in a turn. She will try to add another victory to her incredible tally of 60 World Cup wins on Saturday.
“I think I was a little bit nervous after Stephanie Moser's crash,” Vonn admitted. Everyone was having troubles with the jump. I didn't ski my best. I went pretty wide in one of the turns. But for that mistake it was a pretty fast run and that gives me confidence for tomorrow.”
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