Matthias Mayer is the fastest on first DH training run at Val Gardena Gröden
The so-called Italian block traditionally starts in Val Gardena / Gröden with a Super-G and a Downhill on the challenging Saslong course. Despite the lack of snow, the South Tyrolean resort was able to provide ideal conditions on the track and the today’s first downhill training run smoothly.
One year ago, on this very same slope, Olympic Champion Matthias Mayer suffered a terrible crash leading to a season ending vertebral fracture. The Austrian prepared for the return on the Saslong and did his best to push this frightening memory away.
In second place, Switzerland Carlo Janka finished second, only +0.15 off of Mayer’s pace. It looks like the giant slalom World and Olympic Champion missed some gates today, but he definitively found his rhythm in the speed disciplines and will be a serious contender for the races on the week-end.
Peter Fill is rounding out today’s podium and keeps the flow going, as he finished 2nd in both training and in the downhill two weeks ago in Val d’Isère. Only two Italians took the win in front of their home crowd in Val Gardena so far, and after writing history by claiming the first men’s downhill globe for Italy, Fill is eager to gratify his public as well
Tomorrow, another training will be held on the Saslong before the race action begins on Friday with a Super-G and on Saturday with the Downhill.