Svindal wins last training in Lake Louise
LAKE LOUISE, Canada – It’s the final day of downhill training for the men in Lake Louise and even though the start had to be lowered to the super-G start due to some low visibility, a great training took place.
After taking it fairly easy in the first training run and finishing 16th, big favorite Aksel Lund Svindal let the breaks go and clocked the fastest time of the day. He crossed the finish line in 1minute, 24.33 seconds, 0.14 seconds faster than second ranked Georg Streitberger and 0.45 seconds ahead of a returning Bode Miller.
Svindal has already won more World Cup races at Lake Louise than any other man, with five victories - four in Super G and one in last year’s downhill and if he repeat the feat this Saturday, he can join Eberharter as the only men to win back-to-back World Cup downhills in Lake Louise.
“It has been quite a bumpy ride down the course today,” Svindal said after his run. “I got surprised by how big the “Coaches’ Corner” jump was today, there is a small kicker just before it and the flight was rather impressive.”
Entering the weekend, Miller has 75 career World Cup podiums (all disciplines) but he hasn’t raced a downhill since injuring his knee during the one in Sochi in February 2012. Looking at the run he put down today, he is ready to get right back to the top of the standings and make his speed comeback a great one.
It has been a tight race today in Lake Louise, with the top 17 athletes all finishing within a second of the leader and if the weather doesn’t play any mean tricks they Saturday and lets the race run smoothly from the top, we are in for a great first race of the 2013/14 Audi FIS Ski World Cup speed season!