Romed Baumann fastest in second Downhill training in Lake Louise
LAKE LOUISE, Canada - After days of endless snowfall, it finally stopped snowing and Thursday morning brought clear blue skies, and crispy cold air to Lake Louise. A decision to push back the 11:15am scheduled start of the second Downhill training was promptly made early in the morning. Moving the start almost two hours later, to 1pm, gave course workers some valuable extra time to clear the slope form the soft snow from the previous days, and get it in the best possible conditions for the racers.
On a clean but still soft course, Ambrosi Hoffmann of Switzerland did the honors of opening the 2011/2012 speed season with bib number one. But it was Austrian Romed Baumann who set the pace on today’s training. Finishing his run in 1 minute 49.12 seconds, he left Adrien Theaux from France just .03 seconds behind. Klaus Kroell, an other Austrian was among the fastest down the course, taking third just .16 seconds behind the leader.
Young Austrian, Max Franz skied into 14th position with bib number 45, he was the last racer to finish within a second of the leader, proving that even though conditions were extremely soft on the course, it managed to hold up decently even for the higher starting numbers.
Today’s best ranked Canadian, Erik Guay, best-described course conditions.
“You have to be extremely light on the touch because the moment you're hard on your edges, you know, you're dragging speed,” he said after coming in 5th today, .23 seconds off the fastest time.
The whole training went smoothly, apart from World Champion Christof Innerhofer, German Stephan Keppler and Andrew Weibrecht of America who experienced some problems coming down and crossed the finish line without successfully completing the training.
The last scheduled training before the first Downhill of the season is scheduled for Friday morning. If the weather cooperates, it will give the racers a last chance to find the best setup to adapt to the soft conditions they will most likely be facing on race day as well.
For the complete results of today’s training, check this link.
by Ana Jelusic