Maria Höfl-Riesch fastest in Cortina first DH training run
Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy – Germany's Maria Höfl-Riesch ran fastest on the first day of downhill training in a time of 1:39.31, to edge out Slovenia's Tina Maze at the top of the time sheets by a mere 0.01 second margin. Austria's Anna Fenninger finished third, 0.69 seconds off the pace.
Current leader in the downhill standings, Höfl-Riesch is looking strong on the “Olympia delle Tofane” slope. She has already won two downhills this World Cup season and could equal her personal best from 2010/11.
“I like the place here and really appreciate the downhill course”, she told the press. “Conditions like today are perfect. I hope it will be the same on race day.”
“For a first training, it was pretty good. I found a good line. My skis are fast, I managed to carry some speed in all sections of the course. I'll try to do the same or even better on Saturday. The snow isn't so hard, and we have to ski smooth, to be delicate on the edges”, concluded Höfl-Riesch.
A second downhill training day awaits the athletes tomorrow. The setting might be different since snowfalls are expected in the next 24 hours.
Here are the full results of today training.