Goergl posts lead time in abbreviated Cortina training
CORTINA D’AMPEZZO, Italy – The wind was kicking up in unusual swirls throughout the day Friday for the second downhill training run in Cortina. The women still started from the top of the course but officials ran the training without the final jump before the finish line.
Nonetheless, it was Elisabeth Goergl who posted the fastest time, finishing the abbreviated course in 1 minute, 36.88 seconds. Wearing bib No. 37, young Norwegian Lotte Smiseth Sejersted managed to finish just 0.24 seconds off the lead time and Lindsey Vonn, who was fastest in the full-length training run on Thursday, was third Friday, 0.29 back.
“It was so windy I felt I could just tuck through the whole thing,” Sejersted said. “It’s windy in all directions. The snow was really good, though – I think it was even better today. You can’t really tell for the whole timing today, but I had some good split times and I felt I had a really good run. But training is training and a race is a race, so I’ll focus on doing the same thing tomorrow.”
The wind is supposed to die down on Saturday and weather is calling for the same sun and blue sky that have graced both days of training in the beautiful resort nestled in the Dolomite mountains.
Only Serjested and Vonn finished within a second of Goergl’s lead training time on Friday. Maria Hoefl-Riesch, who won the downhill in Cortina last year, finished fourth, 1.04 seconds back, France’s Marion Rolland was fifth, 1.25 seconds out, her teammate Margot Bailet (in bib No. 35) was sixth, 1.60 seconds out, Stacey Cook, who was also very fast (third) in training on Thursday, was seventh Friday, 1.67 seconds out, Anja Paerson was eighth, 1.83 seconds out, Italian Lucia Recchia, second in training Thursday, was ninth, 1.90 seconds out and Verena Stuffer was 10th, 1.99 seconds out. The rest of the field finished well over 2 seconds slower than Goergl’s lead time.
The 2012 FIS Audi women’s World Cup downhill at Cortina d’Ampezzo is scheduled to kick off at 10:30 a.m. local time on Saturday.
By Shauna Farnell