Regina Sterz paced 2nd DH training in Meribel!
Méribel, France – The conditions were again amazing today in Méribel to welcome the Wold Cup Ladies to the “Roc de Fer” piste for the second Downhill training. The fastest of the day was Austria’s Regina Sterz who clocked a time of 1:42.43; exactly one second faster that Tina Maze who topped the first training. The World Cup leader is clearly among the favourites of tomorrow’s race. She finished second today, 0.49 seconds adrift, but she stood up way before the finish line. In third position, Julia Mancuso was 0.78 seconds slower.
27-year-old Regina Sterz is usually very strong in trainings but hasn’t found the key yet to climb onto the podium on race days. For instance, she was the fastest in two Downhill trainings at the World Championships in Schladming, but only took 18th on race day. Her personal best is a 5th place in the Downhill race at Cortina earlier this season.
“Even if I was the fastest today, I still made a few little mistakes in my run and hope I can even do better tomorrow”, she said. “I really like the piste, the rolls are fun to ski. And this place is just beautiful.”
Tina Maze, who is looking for her first DH victory this season, proved that the turny course and the snow conditions really suit her style. “It’s been an amazing season so far and it feels great to ski well also in Downhill”, she admitted.
“I enjoyed the slope again today, especially the bottom section which is really technical. I like it a lot. Obviously there are still small things to correct. I’m confident for the race, my equipment is very fast, my team is great. I’m really looking forward to racing tomorrow.”
The Americans athletes who didn’t do really well in the first training showed that they can continue their amazing downhill season even with Vonn out. In addition to Mancuso, Stacey Cook also is in the top 5, just behind Viktoria Rebensburg, who actually missed a gate before the finish line. World Champion Marion Rolland is not far behind. She ended 6th, 1.11 slower.
Everything is set for an exciting show tomorrow. Downhill start at 10:30 CET
Here are the results of the day.