Maze leads first downhill training in Lenzerheide
LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland – The World Cup is parked at its final stop of the season –in the Swiss Alps of Lenzerheide for the first time since 2007 – and the women kicked off Finals race week on Monday with their first downhill training in the sun.
World giant slalom champion Tina Maze led the first training run, firing down the short, steep and technical course in 1 minute, 26.56 seconds. France’s Marie Marchand-Arvier, who posted one of her three World Cup career podiums here in 2007, notched the second fastest time on Monday, finishing 0.62 seconds behind. Then came Lara Gut, 0.78 seconds back.
Racers described the course as bumpy and very challenging. World junior downhill Champion Lotte Smiseth Sejersted, however, did not struggle with it and was the fourth woman down the track on Monday, 0.87 seconds off the lead time. Julia Mancuso, posting the same result she did in the 2007 downhill race, was in fifth place, 0.95 seconds back.
Maria Riesch had a fair run, finishing sixth, 1.28 seconds back, while the rest of the field was more than 2 seconds slower, beginning with Elisabeth Goergl, seventh in 1:28.70, Marion Rolland eighth in 1:28.84, Johanna Schnarf ninth in 1:29.00 and Andrea Fischbacher rounded out the top 10 in 1:29.08.
Lindsey Vonn nearly crashed twice in her run, coming to almost a complete stop and finished last, nearly 5 seconds off the lead time.
The women are scheduled for another downhill training Tuesday at 10:45 a.m. following the men’s training at 9:45.
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