Smooth first Downhill training for the men
SCHLADMING, Austria – At 10.30 CET on Thursday morning the first men’s Downhill training took place. Even though there was a light snowfall through the morning, the training proceeded smoothly and a total of 82 racers got a chance to test the course.
Crossing the finish line in 2 minutes, 02.98 seconds, Hannes Reichelt was the fastest skier in today’s training.
Having won the last disputed Downhill of the season, the prestigious Kitzbuehel one, Dominik Paris came to Schladming wanting more great results. He once again delivered a strong performance and finished his training in second place, only 0.11 seconds slower then Reichelt. In third place today, another Italian – Christof Innerhofer, who won gold (Super G), silver (Super Combined) and bronze (Downhill) at the 2011 Garmisch-Partenkirchen World Championships and is one of the top favorites on race day.
“It was a good day, I am not really happy by how I dealt with a few sections but overall I had a good first training run,” Reichelt said.”
As on Friday the Ladies will be competing in the Super Combined race, and sharing the finish area was not an option, the second training for the men will finish at the last intermediate time. Skiers were well aware of that so they made sure they tested those last couple of turn properly during today’s run.
“I knew that tomorrow I wouldn’t get the chance to test the bottom section again so I wanted to make sure I did things properly today. The fourth place in the Super G missing the medal by so little makes me that much more motivated to give it my best shot on Saturday in the Downhill.”
Paris was happy with how things went in the training but is also trying to keep his focus on Saturday’s race.
“I skied really well on the top, but made a mistake at the bottom and that cost me some time. I am feeling well, my skiing seems strong and now I can only hope that I can translate it all into race mode because that’s when things count.”
As the men’s training came to an end the second ladies’ downhill training kicked off and an update on the results will be available soon.
by Ana Jelusic