Weirather leads 1st DH training in Zauchensee

07 January 2016 11:07
Tina Weirather - Zauchensee 2016
Tina Weirather - Zauchensee 2016 -
Agence Zoom

Altenmarkt-Zauchensee, Austria – After a three-week break, the speed specialists were back in action again today at Zauchensee, in the heart of the state of Salzburg. 68 racers took part in the first downhill training on a shortened course in preparation for a two-run sprint downhill scheduled for Saturday.

Liechtenstein's Tina Weirather was the fastest down the Kaelberloch course. She timed 1:06.59 to lead Austria's Nicole Schmidhofer by a mere 0.06 seconds.

“It's positive that I managed to ski the way I wanted to,” said Weirather. “I can still improve and hopefully I can produce a good performance on race day.”

“This is something special to come down to the finish and not to be too exhausted,” she commented on the shortened track. “It's something new. I think it will be very entertaining for the spectators and viewers to have two runs.”

Lindsey Vonn, who shares the lead in the downhill standings with Fabienne Suter, was third 0.11 seconds out. Fabienne Suter will sit out both races this weekend after tearing a muscle just above her left knee in a training run.

Vonn won the last downhill race she participated in at Zauchensee in 2011.

“I have very good memories from Zauchensee,” Vonn said. “The track is very well prepared. It's still a little bit soft in a couple of turns, but I think that it will be perfect in a couple of days for the race.”

“A sprint downhill is interesting and something different, because you get to race a second run,” Vonn continued. “So if you are a little bit behind or make a mistake in the first run, you can still make up some time. The course set is the same for both runs, not like slalom or giant slalom. So it gives you another chance to improve. I did it once in Are 15 years ago..... and I am really looking forward to doing it again on Saturday.”

Lara Gut, who leads the overall standings, was 0.46 back in fourth.

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Another training run is due tomorrow at 11:30 CET.