Hannes Reichelt is back in the game
To prepare the Kandahar for the Audi FIS Ski World Cup in Garmisch-Partenkirchen has been a challenge to the organisers, especially since the temperatures have been pretty high all winter long and the natural snow amount pretty low. But thanks to great efforts from the organising committee, today’s first downhill training could be staged in good and safe conditions.
However, it was not possible to use the "Free Fall" section in the lower part, so the race line took followed the ladies' track in the "Hell" section.
The fastest of this first training on the Kandahar was Hannes Reichelt, even though the Austrian missed a gate in the upper part. The current Super-G World Champion suffered a severe crash last week-end in Kitzbuehel and was not sure if he could start in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
“I still have a little pain in my knee from my crash in Kitzbuehel, but I’m happy to be back. Yesterday I trained in Seefeld and it worked, so today I had to test with speed, and I’m satisfied with how it went. I missed a gate at the top, but I was fast.”
In second position, Norway’s Kjetil Jansrud skied +0.60 off Reichelts pace. Last year’s speed globes winner never did better than 19th on the Bavarian slope, but this training result encourages him for the race day on Saturday.
Another attacking Viking claimed the 3rd spot on the podium. Young Aleksander Kilde pulled out a strong run from bib number 2 and kept his good ranking until the end of the race. Val Gardena’s 3rd in the Super-G is +0.67 behind Reichelt.
On Friday, a second downhill training is scheduled on the Kandahar track, starting at 11.30. The forested rain should help the surface to become harder and be in a perfect shape for race day on Saturday.