Cortina: Borghi fastest in DH training; Obermoser's career may be done


Cortina: Borghi fastest in DH training; Obermoser’s career may be done{mosimage}CORTINA D’AMPEZZO, Italy – Catherine Borghi finished ahead of Cortina record holder Renate Goetschl on Wednesday in a World Cup downhill training session.

While Switzerland’s Borghi has never finished better than fourth in her 10 seasons on the World Cup circuit, Austria’s Goetschl holds a record six victories – three downhills and three super G’s – in Cortina.

Borghi covered the Olympia delle Tofane course in 1 minute, 38.82 seconds. Goetschl was 0.57 seconds behind and overall World Cup leader Janica Kostelic of Croatia was 0.93 back, tied for third with Elisabeth Goergl of Austria.

Lindsey Kildow of the United States, who won two downhills earlier this season, was fifth.

Michaela Dorfmeister, who leads the downhill standings and was fastest in Tuesday’s session, took the day off.

Several other skiers also skipped the session, with a third training run scheduled for Thursday. A super G is scheduled for Friday, the downhill race Saturday and a giant slalom on Sunday.

Brigitte Obermoser of Austria fell and injured her left knee, likely ending her season and career, Austrian women’s head coach Herbert Mandl said. Obermoser was planning to retire at the end of this season.

Caroline Lalive of the United States stopped after landing a jump awkwardly and was taken down in a sleigh.

France’s Julie Duvillard was involved in the day’s most spectacular crash, losing control on the course’s steep upper section and slamming into the protective fencing.

Further details on Lalive and Duvillard were not immediately available.

Austria’s Alexandra Meissnitzer, who fell in Tuesday’s session, went home to Austria to have her left knee checked out.

- The Associated Press

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