First Lake Louise DH Training is in the books!

30 November 2010 22:46

by Michael Mastarciyan

Cold, crisp conditions greeted the world’s fastest female alpine ski racers today in Lake Louise as they hit the slopes for the opening downhill training run of the 2010/2011 World Cup season.

The fastest racer of the day was France’s Marion Rolland who clocked a time of 1-minute, 31.70 seconds.

American skier Julia Mancuso was second fastest just 0.34 seconds back and Austria’s Andrea Fischbacher was in third, 0.50 off the top spot.

A very happy looking Mancuso said she was glad to be back on downhill skis again after the summer layoff and was looking forward to going faster and faster.

"It’s always nice to be back on the downhill boards. It’s nice to go fast and I definitely want to go faster over the next few days” Mancuso said with a big smile.

Overall World Cup champions Lindsey Vonn finished in 7th but said she always goes easy on day one.

“I though it was a really solid first run, normally I’m not very fast in my first training run so I’m happy with where I am.”

Canadian speed specialist Britt Janyk, who finished third here in the 2007 downhill, said she thought the course was in good shape overall.

“It was a bit icy in places, but you know it’s actually running really well. I think the slick spots, you don’t really feel them, it’s nice on downhill skis, you have a good long ski to support you so it’s running well.”

The breakthrough performance of the day came from Austria’s Stefanie Moser who started in 47th and finished in 5th.

DH Training Run 2 goes on Wednesday at 12:30 MT.