Mayer fastest in Wengen, Miller is back
WENGEN, Switzerland – The 1st downhill training run on the Lauberhorn took place under a clear sky and on a course prepared to the highest standard despite the recent warm weather, which hit the region.
Leaving the start with bib number 17, Matthias Mayer was the one who set the pace in today’s training with a time of 2:36:52.
“It was a perfect day, the weather couldn’t be better. The snow is perfect, icy in some sections and a few parts are soft but that’s not a problem. There are a lot of changes in the set, some sections are straighter and we might get some extra speed there,” Mayer said.
But today, it was Bode Miller that got most of the attention as after missing the beginning of the season due to a microdiscectomy surgery he underwent in November to alleviate back pain, today marked his first official comeback to competition.
The 37-year-old has won the classic Lauberhorn downhill at Wengen twice and seemed confortable back on skis, finishing 27th , 3.09 seconds behind Mayer
“It felt bad but that’s what I was expecting as this is a tough race to come to as your first race of the season,” Miller said after his run.
“I was taking it easy today to feel my back out and overall I am really happy as it felt ok. The movement felt ok, the fitness was more of a problem but I know that even in my best shape I suffered pretty bad on this hill so this is not a surprise,” he explained further.
The schedule for the upcoming days in Wengen is still up in the air as race officials are waiting for the latest weather information before deciding on what will be the best day to run the second training. A decision will be made at tonight’s Team Captains Meeting at 17.00 CET.