Game on in Vail - Beaver Creek, Stacey cook trains fastest
Vail-Beaver Creek, USA - The 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships gave the skiers their first taste of action today as the first official training was held on the ladies’ Raptor downhill course.
The Vail organisers have waited five years to stage these World Championships and today they had to wait an additional two and a half hours as a morning snowstorm and high winds created the long delay.
But once the course was ready for the first official training, the blue skies appeared providing a perfect backdrop to open the Championship training.
In the end it was USA's Stacey Cook who was the fastest in the downhill training, clocking a time of 1:48.16. Nipping at her heels were Switzerland's Lara Gut and Norway's Ragnhild Mowinckel who tied for second, 0.09 seconds off the pace.
"I think I skied well, but I wouldn't look at the times too much, because it's so windy up top," commented Cook. "I don't think they would have run a race in that kind of wind. So I am not really looking at the scoreboard."
"Technically I think I skied better today than in the last month and that's what gives me confidence more than anything else," she added.
All eyes were on Lindsey Vonn (USA) who trained most of her career in Vail and is the big favourite in the speed events at the World Championships. In January, Vonn broke the all-time record for World Cup victories, which now stands at 64, and is in top form leading into her home World Championships.
Tomorrow, the first race will be held at these 2015 World Championships when the ladies take centre stage again in the super-G with a scheduled time of 11:00 MST.
Here are the results.