Regina Sterz leads first Downhill training
SCHLADMING, Austria – The first scheduled Downhill training for the ladies’ smoothly followed the men’s Super G race. Under still overcast sky, but in good conditions, the fastest skiers in the world got a chance to test out the World Championships Downhill slope.
The fastest to cross the finish line today was local racer Regina Sterz. With a time of 1 minute, 53.44 seconds the Austrian set the pace for the rest of the field. Lotte Smiseth Sejersted was the one who got the closest to the leading time; she completed her training in second place, 0.46 seconds off Sterz. In third place today, 0.51 seconds behind we saw Fraenzi Aufdenblatten.
“The training run was very good for me. I think I was able to ski the difficult sections really well and it paid off. Overall it was a good run and I hope that in the next training runs, but especially in the race I can do the same and ski fast,” Sterz commented on her training result.
Fresh from her Super G gold, Tina Maze decided to take it easy in the first training but still placed among the best. She finished 0.54 seconds slower then the leading time and placed fourth.
“It was a nice course, I am happy with my run. I didn’t ski at 100% and am still up at the front so I’m definitely satisfied with my day,” Maze said after her run.
There is one more training scheduled for the ladies before ne next race – the Super Combined on Friday and even though anything can happen until then, Maze will for sure be aiming at a second medal.