The second and last Audi FIS Ski World Cup downhill training run held today in Kitzbuehel came with many surprises, with high bib numbers in the top positions.
Hannes Reichelt, the last Austrian Hahnenkamm winner 2014, clocked the fastest time in this training. Despite suffering a season ending injury on this hill in 2016 and criticizing the icy course conditions, it seems that Reichelt isn’t afraid to push and manages to hold the lines on the Streif.
Coming down with bib number 51, Matteo Marsaglia was only +0.23 off the pace and took the second place. The winner of the Beaver Creek super-g in 2012 suffered several injuries that slowed him down in the past seasons, including an ACL tear contracted at the Olympic test evens in Jeongseon in 2016. Already last year, he was showing strong performances in the training runs (3rd and 1st) but his best results to date on the Kitzbuehel downhill is a 24th place.
The name that’s mentioned the most as a favorite for the downhill win is indubitably Dominik Paris. 4th yesterday, 3rd today, two times winner of the downhill (2013 and 2017), the South Tyrolean is in a great shape after his double win in Bormio in the last speed week-end on the World Cup Tour. He will be hard to beat on this challenging course that he loves so much.
Another athlete also found the conditions that perfectly fit his skiing in Kitzbuehel. It’s Austria’s Daniel Danklmaier. The youngster took the win of the European Cup race on the Streif on Monday and was able to show his best performances in both World Cup training runs as well, finishing 2nd yesterday and 3rd today.
The weather forecast for the week-end is not the best, and to maximize the chances to have good and fair races, the jury has decided to change the race schedule on the week-end. Here is the program of the Hahnenkamm races 2019:
Friday 25.01.19, Downhill, 11:30
Saturday 26.01.19, Slalom, 09:30/12:30
Sunday 27.01.19, Super-G, 13:30
Results are available here: Kitzbuehel 2019 DH TRA 2
New calendar is available here: Kitzbuehel 2019