Kueng fastest in first Garmisch-Partenkirchen training
GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany – Despite all predictions, the first Downhill training took place on Thursday. Even though early in the morning, when the jury met up on the slope to evaluate the situation, things seemed far from good a full training, things changed and successful training took place from the reserve Super G start. The original start time of 11.45 CET had to be pushed back to 13.30 CET allowing both the course workers to clear the line from the soft snow but also the fog to get out of the way and allow fair training conditions.
Swiss Patrick Kueng set the pace in this shortened training, crossing the finish line in 1 minute, 11.47 seconds. In second place Italian Werner Heel was only 0.17 seconds slower, while the training podium was rounded up by Klaus Kroell, 0.25 seconds off Kueng’s pace.
“This morning while inspecting the slope it seemed really soft,” Aksel Lund Svindal who finished his run in 21st position said. “Between then and the training run they did a great job on the hill, but I had a hard time trusting my skis to have enough grip so my run was not the fastest,” the Downhill World Champion explained.
The slope in Garmisch-Partenkirchen was in perfect shape until a drastic change in weather conditions brought some 20 centimetres of new snow the day before the first scheduled training. The organizers not only had to fight with the fresh snow, but a tick fog sat on various sections of the course through most of the morning. The decision to postpone and lower the start proved right as by 13.30 CET conditions drastically improved and things went smooth from there.
Check out the results here.