It was wet, soupy and the start was lowered due to fog, but it was imperative to have the training run for the World Cup Finals downhill and they got it in at Schladming, Tuesday (March 13) with the old Swiss master Didier Cuche posting the fastest time.
Cuche, the 17th starter, was well ahead of the field, registering a .91 advantage over second finishing Dominik Paris of Italy. Austria’s Hannes Reichelt was third.
The Canadian Cowboys showed strongly in the reduced 25 skier field with Jan Hudec fourth, Erik Guay seventh and Ben Thomsen 16th. Ted Ligety was the lone American in the training run and he does not plan to race the downhill, instead running today to get a feel for the race hill for the super G.
The downhills, both men’s and women’s, are scheduled for tomorrow with the super G’s set for Thursday. The World Cup Finals end Sunday marking the completion of the 2012 World Cup season. World Cup downhills cannot be run, according to rule, without being preceded by a training run.
|Rank||Bib||FIS Code||Name||Year||Nation||Total Time|
|Did not finish 1st run|
|10||421328||SVINDAL Aksel Lund||1982||NOR|