Impressive Mattia Casse in Kitzbuehel's second training
After a day off on Tuesday, the athletes were eager to go back on the legendary Streif and to use their last chance to test out the downhill course.
With bib number 47, Italy’s Mattia Casse surprised everyone, including himself, and took the lead with a time of 1:56:86. The downhill World Junior Champion 2010 claimed his best World Cup result in the Beaver Creek last season (he skied 4th), but didn’t really confirm his performance since.
"It's ok, good run, no mistakes," said Casse. "When I see the green light, I was very, very happy. It's incredible. The confidence is focused for tomorrow, for the super G and combined, and after these races, focused for the downhill."
Christof Innerhofer took the second position in the last training, +0.34 off his teammate’s pace.
“I had fun, I changed my setup today compared to the first training and it felt really good," said Innerhofer. "I tried to push in the key parts and it worked well. I’m happy that I’m fast and healthy again. The snow is a little faster and grippier than on the first training and it’s pretty icy as usual in Kitzbuehel. You can make the difference by pushing hard in certain key section and that’s what makes the charme of Hahnenkamm.”
Another young gun rounds out the podium. Austria’s Vincent Kriechmayr earns the 3rd position +1.03 behind Casse.
"I had some mistakes in the upper part and I missed a gate in the lower part, but my run was already better than the one on Monday,” said Kriechmayr. "The Streif is looking really good, I’m looking forward to Saturday. The lower part is chattery, but that’s how it is in Kitzbuehel. I’m proud to ski this slope, it’s a dream for every downhill athlete."
The Hahnenkamm showdown will start tomorrow, with a Super-G and an Alpine Combined, go on with Saturday’s Downhill and end with the Slalom on Sunday.