Hütter leads Lake Louise downhill training
Lake Louise, Canada – Cornelia Hütter was the fastest down the 3042 meter course in the first training run on Wednesday, ahead of the first ladies' World Cup downhill of the season scheduled for Friday. The 22-year-old Austrian posted a time of 1:51.54 and was followed by her team-mate Nicole Schmidhofer, 0.83 seconds off the pace. Switzerland's Lara Gut came in third position, 0.97 seconds out, on a slightly modified downhill track in comparison with the last years.
“This year it is a bit different,” commented Cornelia Hütter. “There are more terrain and rollers. The course is challenging with cool jumps. I had a solid run but there are still sections where I can improve like going over these new rollers.”
“It's nice to be the fastest, but that's only the first training and we cannot take it to seriously,” Hütter added.
Cornerlia Hütter's career best result is a third place in the downhill at Val d'Isère in December 2013.
All eyes were on the most successful ski racer of all time in Lake Louise, Lindsey Vonn, who won 15 World Cup races in the Canadian resort. The 31-year-old was eager to get the speed season underway but made a costly mistake mid-course and finished 34th, 4.07 seconds off the pace.
“There is some new terrain on the course this year and I came into a section with more speed than I anticipated and just kind of launched off of it and was going in the wrong direction,” she explained. “But that's what training runs are for, to kind of get the feeling and see what speed you have and where you can push the line and where you can't. I definitely learned a bit about the new terrain today and hopefully tomorrow goes a little better. I'm just trying to get the feeling for it for the race.”
“Tomorrow I am definitely not going to back off, because I need to be able to see what speed I'm going have coming into those bumps and how to best carry my speed through them instead of launching off of them," Vonn added. "I’m definitely going to have to try to push things tomorrow and see how it works out, see if I have to make any more adjustments for the races.”
A second training run is scheduled for Thursday followed by downhill races both Friday and Saturday. A super-G will conclude the Lake Louise World Cup on Sunday.
Here are the complete results.