LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland – One year ago, both the downhill and super G at World Cup Finals had to be canceled due to poor weather conditions. This year, the forecast for the week couldn’t be better and will allow the best racers of the season to battle it out for top honors in amazing conditions. In the first women’s training session before Wednesday’s downhill race, Slovenia’s Tina Maze posted the fastest time in 1:34.05. Switzerland’s Fabienne Suter was second, 0.10 seconds off the pace, while Austria’s Anna Fenninger was third, 0.31 seconds adrift.
Downhill leader Maria Hoefl-Riesch was over one second slower. Heading into Finals, the super combined Olympic champion has an 80-point lead over Anna Fenninger in the downhill standings and is 29 points ahead of her in the overall standings as well. The battle for the overall title will certainly be intense until the end of the week.
“It is for sure a challenging course, but I really like it,” said Fenninger. “It’s quite turny and that fits my style.”
Julia Mancuso was the fastest American in eighth, followed by Stacey Cook in 19th. There are no Canadian ladies competing in the downhill at Finals this year.
A second training is scheduled for Tuesday (March 11) for the ladies to adjust their lines.
Release courtesy of FIS
|Rank||Bib||FIS Code||Name||Year||Nation||Total Time||Diff.|
|18||9||425880||SEJERSTED Lotte Smiseth||1991||NOR||1:36.76||+2.71|
|20||20||495318||RUIZ CASTILLO Carolina||1981||SPA||1:36.96||+2.91|