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Gut sets the pace in Lenzerheide downhill training

It’s game on in Lenzerheide, Switzerland for final races of the season. As per etiquette, the week kicked off with the ladies downhill training on Monday.

Among the 24 qualified racers, Lara Gut set the fastest time of 1 minute, 35.49 seconds, leading the pack by nearly a full second. The only racer to finish within one second of Gut (+0.98) was Austrian Anna Fenninger, while her teammate Elisabeth Goergel finished third, 1.02 seconds back.

“It was really tough,” Goergl said of the course. “It’s so bumpy and I really didn’t have a great feeling coming down. I was also lucky because I had decent visibility but it’s getting darker and that makes it even more difficult to ski. I think also my setup was too aggressive for this snow and I had to keep adjusting my line. It’s a lesson learned for race day.”

Julia Mancuso was the top American in 13th position.

“It’s a really fun, difficult course. I got to see that today,” said Mancuso. “Hopefully the weather stays good so we can race it, but it’s looking good so far. It’s definitely a downhill for gutsy people. I wasn’t that gutsy today, but I know how to be. … You have to be on line and you have to go for it. It’s pretty steep and things come at at you fast.

“My goal definitely for the season is still to win a race, so I’m fight hard and see what I can do.”

Laurenne Ross was one of two DNFs Monday. The Garmisch podium finisher lost a ski and went into the nets, but is OK.

Despite missing the last couple races to injury, Lindsey Vonn still holds a one-point lead over Tina Maze in the downhill standings. Maria Hoefl-Riesch sits in third, 68 points out. See the complete standings here.

Lenzerheide (SUI)
Ladies’ Downhill

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Total Time FIS Points
 1  12  516138 GUT Lara  1991  SUI   1:35.49  
 2  11  55947 FENNINGER Anna  1989  AUT   1:36.47  
 3  1  55576 GOERGL Elisabeth  1981  AUT   1:36.51  
 4  5  55766 STERZ Regina  1985  AUT   1:36.87  
 5  14  206001 HOEFL-RIESCH Maria  1984  GER   1:37.06  
 6  10  296008 MERIGHETTI Daniela  1981  ITA   1:37.65  
 7  3  296472 FANCHINI Elena  1985  ITA   1:37.90  
 8  2  197295 PIOT Jennifer  1992  FRA   1:37.97  
 9  16  355050 WEIRATHER Tina  1989  LIE   1:37.98  
 10  4  565360 STUHEC Ilka  1990  SLO   1:38.11  
 11  23  515747 GISIN Dominique  1985  SUI   1:38.19  
 11  22  515573 AUFDENBLATTEN Fraenzi  1981  SUI   1:38.19  
 13  13  537545 MANCUSO Julia  1984  USA   1:38.31  
 14  17  195983 ROLLAND Marion  1982  FRA   1:38.36  
 15  24  515782 KAUFMANN-ABDERHALDEN Marianne  1986  SUI   1:39.04  
 16  19  55913 MOSER Stefanie  1988  AUT   1:39.45  
 17  8  196460 MARCHAND-ARVIER Marie  1985  FRA   1:39.52  
 18  18  538305 SMITH Leanne  1987  USA   1:39.58  
 19  20  205218 REBENSBURG Viktoria  1989  GER   1:40.00  
 20  21  515766 SUTER Fabienne  1985  SUI   1:40.23  
 21  9  537582 COOK Stacey  1984  USA   1:40.37  
 22  15  565243 MAZE Tina  1983  SLO   1:47.59  
Did not finish 1st run
   7  495318 RUIZ CASTILLO Carolina  1981  SPA     
   6  538573 ROSS Laurenne  1988  USA   

Geoff Mintz

Associate Editor

Geoff Mintz is a former alpine ski racer who cut his teeth at Ragged Mountain and Waterville Valley, N.H. After graduating from Holderness and UVM, he relocated to Colorado, where he worked as an instructor at Beaver Creek prior to pursuing a career in journalism.

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