Lara Gut flying on Raptor in final training run
Beaver Creek, USA - For the third and last downhill training day on the Raptor course, the ladies enjoyed perfect conditions again. They got to ski in great weather conditions and on an ideal track that got a little bit harder overnight and slightly faster. Switzerland's Lara Gut showcased her incredible talent to set the fastest time this morning, recording a time of 1:40.76, 1.2 seconds less than yesterday’s Stacey Cook best time. Liechtenstein’s Tina Weirather took 2nd, 1.18 seconds off the pace, while Slovena's Ilka Stuhec finished 3rd, 1.68 seconds back. Among the favourites, Anna Fenninger took 5th and Maria Höfl-Riesch ended in 6th positions, respectively 1.96 and 2.12 seconds adrift.
Fastest in the first training run and second fastest yesterday, Lara Gut is seen as the biggest contender for victory tomorrow. She even admitted there was room for improvement as she made the same little mistake as in the previous trainings, right before the “Peregrine” section, which is quite flat.
“I wasn't so clean on my skis yesterday, but managed to do it better today and that is the main difference”, said the 22-year-old.
“The snow is really aggressive here and we, racers, aren't not really used to it. In Europe most of the courses are icier and the turning technique is different. For now, I'm going to watch the video of my run and try to improve for tomorrow. There were a few turns where I didn't skied the way I wanted, especially the second-last turn before the last flat where I'm always too late and loose a bit of speed.”
“If everyone sees me as the favourite doesn't really matter to me. All the racers will give it all out to win that race and I simply will try to ski the best I can.”
Lara Gut is not the only racer who achieved a top 3 in all training runs. Liechtenstein's Tina Weirather did it as well and isn't so far behind. One has to count on her tomorrow!
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Here are the full results of the day!