Maze leads Lake Louise training, Day 2
Lake Louise, Canada – Wednesday's second downhill training run saw the fastest racers of the first training top the leaderboard again but in reversed order.
Slovenia’s Tina Maze recorded the fastest time in 1:50.72, almost 2 seconds faster than Tuesday's best time of Lotte Smiseth Sejersted. The Norwegian was the second-fastest ladies down the hill today with a time of 1:51.12, +0.40 seconds adrift, while Austria's Ramona Siebenhofer was third, 1.28 seconds slower.
Downhill Olympic Champion Tina Maze has never done better than a 6th place in downhill at the Alberta resort so far in her career. With the way she skied in the first two training runs, she showed that the transition from the technical events went well and that she will have to be considered as a true contender for the win on Friday.
“I just feel good in speed now,” she said. “Now that I have won the downhill race in Sochi, I feel more like a downhiller. So coming here to Lake Louise, it is really important to have that feeling to be able to glide well on the flat parts and ski fast. I have fast skis, that probably helps too.”
Downhill has been the most open discipline last season, with six different winners in the last six races. The trend could go on if Lotte Smiseth Sejersted wins on Friday. The 24-year-old is still aiming for her first World Cup podium.
“I had a really good summer,” said Sejersted. “I have been training in Copper Mountain recently but that is never easy to know how good you are. It feels really good to get that confirmation here and build on that confidence.”
“This year I have been so excited about the speed season. So I just wanted to go out there and have fun and not stress about anything else, which hasn't been kind of the case in the last years.”
Returning to the World Cup tour this week after a long time on the sidelines due to her injuries, Lindsey Vonn skied to 8th place, 1.62 seconds off the pace.
“I have a lot more confidence,” said the Vonn. “Obviously my knee is a lot more different this year compared to last year. This year, I am getting more and more confidence every day and I have been progressing nicely so tomorrow hopefully I can have another step in the right direction and then be ready for race day.”
“The course is definitely a little bit different than it has in past years. It is a little bit turnier in the top flat section. It is also actually set quite a bit easier on fall away which is the most difficult section of the course. In general it is going to be more difficult to win, because there is not going to be a lot that separates the girls.”
“I am hoping for Friday to start off with the goal of a top 5 and we will see where I end up after that,” concluded Vonn.
A final training run is scheduled for tomorrow Thursday.
Here are the full results.