Tina Maze on top of the leaderboard in final DH tune-up in Garmisch!
Garmisch-Partenkirchen – For the second Downhill training day on the Kandahar slope, the ladies enjoyed perfect conditions again. They got to ski under a clear blue sky and on an ideal track that got a little bit harder overnight and slightly faster.
Finishing 13th yesterday, Tina Maze admitted she really needed an second try to find the right line. She obviously found it, as she was the fastest today, recording a time of 1:40.42, more than 1.5 seconds less than yesterday’s best time. Italy’s Daniela Merighetti took 2nd, 0.26 seconds off the pace, while Regina Sterz isn’t far behind in 3rd (+0.29). Lotte Smiseth Sejersted confirmed that one has to count on her for the race on Saturday. After finishing 3rd yesterday, she took 4th place today, 0.53 seconds behind. Among the favourites, Anna Fenninger took 5th and Maria Höfl-Riesch ended in 7th position.
Austria’s Regina Sterz, who is still seeking for a first career podium, admitted the conditions were really good again today and that she still had to improve. “The snow got a bit harder and the piste was fantastic”, she said. “My run was however not as good as the one yesterday. I tried to ski a more aggressive line but it didn’t go the way I really wanted. I’ll try my best on race day!”
Daniela Merighetti was also very optimistic about the slope. “The snow changed a little bit compared to the first training run; we have more grip now”, said the 31-year-old skier. “My line was better today. I managed to ski faster and hope I can still be faster on Saturday. My start position will be between 8 and 15. A low bib number could be an advantage!”
World Cup leader Tina Maze noticeably managed to solve the problems she encountered yesterday. “The piste is great and faster than yesterday”, she underlined. “My turns were better and I could be more aggressive with my skis.” To the question regarding her bib number on race day, she simply answered: “The conditions should stay like today and therefore similar for everybody hopefully. I don’t worry too much about it.”
The last 4 Downhills have been won by four different athletes; Ruiz Castillo (ESP), Vonn (USA), Alice McKennis (USA) and Lara Gut (SUI). Let’s see if the streak continues on Saturday! But before that, the ladies will first race in a Super G tomorrow, the one that replaces the race cancelled in Val d’Isère.
Here are the full results of the day!