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Austria fill top three places in Beaver Creek trainer


A trio of Austrians topped the final training run for the Birds of Prey downhill at Beaver Creek. Though there was some wind that played a role in the outcome, the course conditions were said to be excellent, fast and hard but with enough grip to let the racers do what they wanted.

The three Austrians covered the full range of the team on hand. The fastest was Hannes Reichelt who might have been considered a complete surprise as little as a week ago. Second fastest was near rookie Matthias Mayer who said he missed a gate – or two. The third was veteran Klaus Kroell the winner at Wengen a year ago.

“I got good wind,” said Kroell, downplaying his placing in typical fashion.

Hannes Reichelt recorded the fastest time, .07 ahead of Kroell. He would have been a surprise has he not just scored a downhill podium finish at Lake Louise a few days earlier.

“I was not perfect on the line so I have to try better tomorrow,” said Reichelt. “I was falling a little bit inside, so tomorrow I have to do that better. …the course is very fast and you have a lot of grip so it’s nice to ski down.”

Bode Miller led all U.S. finishers in eighth. Travis Ganong was 23rd and Marco Sullivan 24th in their final preparation run before their respective fan clubs arrive. “Tomorrow there’s the whole BeaverFest crew,” said Ganong. “The Marco Sullivan fan club and then my fan club kind of partaking with them as well so we’re gonna have a big rowdy group. Listen to the loud ones with the cowbells and the go Travis t-shirts and the Marco rocks hats, it’ll be that group. You won’t miss them.”

The Canadian results were unexpected as neither Erik Guay nor Jan Hudec fiinished among the top 30. Robbie Dixon led the group in 16th with Conrad Pridy placing 35th.

Most of the rest of the U.S. group pounded in solidly with Wiley Maple and Thomas Biesemeyer both making the top 30 while Erik Fisher and Andrew Weibrecht were 48 and 50 respectively. A trio of racers also declined to start in favor of GS training: Ted Ligety, Tommy Ford and Tim Jitloff.

Hannes Reichelt photo by Gepa.

Place   Beaver Creek (USA)   Discipline   Downhill
Date   01.12.2011   Category   Training
Race codex   1590   Gender   M
Valid for FIS Points   NO   TD Name   Lashley Bradford (CAN)
       
  

OFFICIAL RESULTS – THIRD TRAINING
Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Total Time
 1  29  50742 REICHELT Hannes  1980  AUT   1:43.64
 2  67  53902 MAYER Matthias  1990  AUT   1:43.71
 3  16  50753 KROELL Klaus  1980  AUT   1:43.90
 4  31  421483 JANSRUD Kjetil  1985  NOR   1:44.35
 5  20  510030 CUCHE Didier  1974  SUI   1:44.46
 6  27  510767 HOFFMANN Ambrosi  1977  SUI   1:44.63
 7  23  511313 JANKA Carlo  1986  SUI   1:44.70
 8  22  532431 MILLER Bode  1977  USA   1:44.73
 9  55  191964 POISSON David  1982  FRA   1:44.77
 10  6  192932 FAYED Guillermo  1985  FRA   1:44.82
 11  24  380260 KOSTELIC Ivica  1979  CRO   1:44.84
 12  15  510890 ZURBRIGGEN Silvan  1981  SUI   1:44.96
 13  43  200379 SANDER Andreas  1989  GER   1:44.99
 14  9  511139 KUENG Patrick  1984  SUI   1:45.05
 15  17  511383 FEUZ Beat  1987  SUI   1:45.09
 16  36  102961 DIXON Robbie  1985  CAN   1:45.21
 17  14  421328 SVINDAL Aksel Lund  1982  NOR   1:45.24
 18  19  192746 THEAUX Adrien  1984  FRA   1:45.29
 19  21  293006 INNERHOFER Christof  1984  ITA   1:45.36
 20  34  201811 STECHERT Tobias  1985  GER   1:45.51
 21  45  53817 FRANZ Max  1989  AUT   1:45.52
 22  18  51215 BAUMANN Romed  1986  AUT   1:45.53
 23  39  530874 GANONG Travis  1988  USA   1:45.56
 24  38  533131 SULLIVAN Marco  1980  USA   1:45.69
 25  50  180570 ROMAR Andreas  1989  FIN   1:45.91
 26  30  560332 JERMAN Andrej  1978  SLO   1:45.95
 27  12  510727 DEFAGO Didier  1977  SUI   1:45.96
 28  48  930024 MAPLE Wiley  1990  USA   1:45.99
 28  10  191740 CLAREY Johan  1981  FRA   1:45.99
 30  58  531452 BIESEMEYER Thomas  1989  USA   1:46.02
 31  4  501076 OLSSON Hans  1984  SWE   1:46.03
 32  64  510747 GRUENENFELDER Tobias  1977  SUI   1:46.04
 33  2  191591 BERTRAND Yannick  1980  FRA   1:46.08
 34  8  292455 FILL Peter  1982  ITA   1:46.10
 35  66  103385 PRIDY Conrad  1988  CAN   1:46.11
 36  54  294911 PATSCHEIDER Hagen  1988  ITA   1:46.12
 36  1  50858 STREITBERGER Georg  1981  AUT   1:46.12
 38  56  561067 PERKO Rok  1985  SLO   1:46.16
 38  53  202059 FERSTL Josef  1988  GER   1:46.16
 40  25  102271 HUDEC Jan  1981  CAN   1:46.17
 41  26  201606 KEPPLER Stephan  1983  GER   1:46.18
 42  44  511142 LUEOEND Vitus  1984  SUI   1:46.20
 43  47  500150 JAERBYN Patrik  1969  SWE   1:46.22
 44  13  102263 GUAY Erik  1981  CAN   1:46.29
 45  62  294277 KLOTZ Siegmar  1987  ITA   1:46.30
 46  63  103090 HELIE Louis-Pierre  1986  CAN   1:46.46
 47  49  990081 CASSE Mattia  1990  ITA   1:46.54
 48  35  534939 FISHER Erik  1985  USA   1:46.56
 49  40  53837 KRAMER Manuel  1989  AUT   1:46.60
 50  37  530939 WEIBRECHT Andrew  1986  USA   1:46.61
 50  7  292514 HEEL Werner  1982  ITA   1:46.61
 52  57  103271 THOMSEN Benjamin  1987  CAN   1:46.69
 53  28  291459 PARIS Dominik  1989  ITA   1:46.77
 53  11  560447 SPORN Andrej  1981  SLO   1:46.77
 55  59  54005 STRIEDINGER Otmar  1991  AUT   1:46.81
 56  70  561085 KRIZAJ Andrej  1986  SLO   1:46.87
 57  52  380292 ZRNCIC-DIM Natko  1986  CRO   1:46.90
 58  61  561216 KLINE Bostjan  1991  SLO   1:46.94
 59  51  561087 MARKIC Gasper  1986  SLO   1:47.13
 60  79  531156 TARBERRY Ace  1988  USA   1:47.31
 61  46  53981 KROELL Johannes  1991  AUT   1:47.32
 62  81  421650 BJERKESTRAND Iver  1987  NOR   1:47.46
 63  76  220874 BALDWIN TJ  1990  GBR   1:47.56
 64  77  103512 FRISCH Jeffrey  1984  CAN   1:47.65
 65  5  51327 PUCHNER Joachim  1987  AUT   1:47.80
 66  69  6530319 COCHRAN-SIEGLE Ryan  1992  USA   1:47.85
 67  73  220695 CRAWFORD Douglas  1987  GBR   1:47.91
 68  74  102403 SEMPLE Ryan  1982  CAN   1:48.04
 69  3  511529 GISIN Marc  1988  SUI   1:50.74
Did not start 1st run
   82  192653 FREY Thomas  1984  FRA   
   80  531799 FORD Tommy  1989  USA   
   78  534959 JITLOFF Tim  1985  USA   
   75  194364 PINTURAULT Alexis  1991  FRA   
   72  192504 MERMILLOD BLONDIN Thomas  1984  FRA   
   71  290998 STAUDACHER Patrick  1980  ITA   
   68  51401 GRAF Bernhard  1988  AUT   
   65  191778 PICHOT Sebastien  1981  FRA   
   42  293550 MARSAGLIA Matteo  1985  ITA   
   41  510993 ALBRECHT Daniel  1983  SUI   
   33  534562 LIGETY Ted  1984  USA   
   32  50625 RAICH Benjamin  1978  AUT   
Did not finish 1st run
   60  103656 HALBERT Kelby  1990  CAN 

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