KITZBUEHEL 2005: Daron Rahlves still sidelinedDaron Rahlves, who missed the Lauberhorn downhill last week at Wengen, may find himself sitting on the sidelines of the Hahnenkamm too. The notorious Kitzbuehel races start this Friday with super G, and Rahlves is still nursing injuries from his vicious crash eight days ago in Adelboden, Switzerland.
“When I buckle my boots I feel this sharp pain,” said Rahlves, who will skip today’s training run at Kitzbuehel. “I’m taking it day by day now, but there was no chance of running the downhill yesterday. I just pushed out of the start to get legal.”
Athletes are required to start one of the training runs before racing any World Cup downhill. The winner of yesterday’s run was Christoph Gruber of Austria, and today’s training run has been delayed because of bad weather.
“I wouldn’t mind seeing this storm bring in a big dump of snow,” said Rahlves, who was eyeing an opportunity to win the Kitzbuehel downhill from the top.
Rahlves won a shortened downhill race there in 2003, and won the super G last year. He says Kitzbuehel is his favorite race because the history, danger and promise of glory help him perform at his peak. His primary goal this season is the World Cup downhill discipline title.