Tina Maze already comfortable on the “Roc de Fer” piste in Meribel!
Meribel, France – The last time a World Cup event was staged in Meribel was in 1994, 2 years after the Albertville Winter Olympic Games. 19 years later, the World Cup ladies will get to race a Downhill and a Super Combined on a completely remodeled “Roc de Fer” slope.
World Cup leader, Tina Maze, demonstrated that she was already comfortable on this piste. She topped the timesheets of the 1st Downhill training in a time of 1:16.43, ahead of 21-year-old Lotte Smiseth Sejersted, who was just 0.13 seconds slower. Ending 3rd, Spain’s Carolina Ruiz Castillo was 0.33 seconds off the pace today.
Among the favourites for Saturday’s race, local hero and World Champion Marion Rolland finished 12th, 1.69 seconds behind.
“The conditions today were really good. Skiing with such a beautiful weather and on a home soil is just great. The course is quite turny and wasn’t very fast today because of the snow. We expect it to get harder over the following days and then we will be faster for sure”, she said.
The Ladies will get a second chance tomorrow to tame the “Roc de Fer” before the race on Saturday.
Here are the results of the day!