World Junior DH champion Sejersted leads 2nd DH training

10 February 2011 16:46

In the second ladies‘ downhill training the current World Junior downhill champion Lotto Smiseth Sejersted of Norway posted the fastest time with 1 minute, 49.55 seconds, gunning down the course with bib No. 33. She edged off the American Julia Mancuso carrying bib No. 10 to second place by .59 seconds. Italy’s Elena Fanchini in bib No. 21, finished third, 1.07 behind the winning-pace.

“This is a good hill for me even though it certainly is bumpy from top to bottom. To be fast, you have to ski conservatively without being too stiff. I did not make any mistakes but my line was still a bit low in certain places”, Mancuso said with the finish area crowd that included a group of American fans roaring her on.

The freshly crowned super G champion, Elisabeth Goergl took 13th in the final downhill training on Thursday. “I did not have an optimal run and made mistakes already in the first two turns and also in the flats but I know what to do better. I am confident I can step it up a notch on the race-day,” Goergl said.

Maria Riesch, who is sidelined by a fever, skipped the second downhill training.

Her closest friend and biggest rival Lindsey Vonn came up with a creative solution to avoid risking too much and gaining too much speed by pacing down the course with all her clothes on. As she is still suffering from the consequences of the concussion, she opted to take it easy and not push herself too hard. “The main aim today was to figure out if I can concentrate the whole way down and compete without having the headache come back,” Lindsey said. “I needed to make sure I can defend my downhill title feeling totally healthy.”

Lara Gut was the fastest Swiss in seventh place finishing 1.52 seconds behind Sejersted. Wednesday’s leader of the first downhill training Marie Marchand-Arvier of France finished 14th today.

On Friday, the ladies’ super combined will start at 10:00 local time with the downhill on the Kandahar slope, while the slalom will take place on the Gudiberg at 14:00 local time. The Austrian Kathrin Zettel is the titleholder in this discipline.