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Cuche well ahead in training for Final

It was wet, soupy and the start was lowered due to fog, but it was imperative to have the training run for the World Cup Finals downhill and they got it in at Schladming, Tuesday (March 13) with the old Swiss master Didier Cuche posting the fastest time.

Cuche, the 17th starter, was well ahead of the field, registering a .91 advantage over second finishing Dominik Paris of Italy. Austria’s Hannes Reichelt was third.

The Canadian Cowboys showed strongly in the reduced 25 skier field with Jan Hudec fourth, Erik Guay seventh and Ben Thomsen 16th. Ted Ligety was the lone American in the training run and he does not plan to race the downhill, instead running today to get a feel for the race hill for the super G.

The downhills, both men’s and women’s, are scheduled for tomorrow with the super G’s set for Thursday. The World Cup Finals end Sunday marking the completion of the 2012 World Cup season. World Cup downhills cannot be run, according to rule, without being preceded by a training run.

Schladming (AUT)
Training
Men’s Downhill
Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Total Time
 1  17  510030 CUCHE Didier  1974  SUI   1:50.70
 2  7  291459 PARIS Dominik  1989  ITA   1:51.61
 3  22  50742 REICHELT Hannes  1980  AUT   1:51.66
 4  11  102271 HUDEC Jan  1981  CAN   1:51.79
 5  2  53817 FRANZ Max  1989  AUT   1:51.82
 6  25  191591 BERTRAND Yannick  1980  FRA   1:51.93
 7  18  102263 GUAY Erik  1981  CAN   1:51.95
 8  12  51327 PUCHNER Joachim  1987  AUT   1:52.03
 9  6  421483 JANSRUD Kjetil  1985  NOR   1:52.05
 10  3  292455 FILL Peter  1982  ITA   1:52.10
 11  1  194364 PINTURAULT Alexis  1991  FRA   1:52.46
 12  20  51215 BAUMANN Romed  1986  AUT   1:52.47
 13  4  50858 STREITBERGER Georg  1981  AUT   1:52.48
 14  9  192746 THEAUX Adrien  1984  FRA   1:52.50
 15  16  50753 KROELL Klaus  1980  AUT   1:52.86
 16  13  103271 THOMSEN Benjamin  1987  CAN   1:52.88
 17  19  293006 INNERHOFER Christof  1984  ITA   1:52.89
 18  8  510727 DEFAGO Didier  1977  SUI   1:52.98
 19  15  191740 CLAREY Johan  1981  FRA   1:53.03
 20  14  511383 FEUZ Beat  1987  SUI   1:53.61
 21  5  560447 SPORN Andrej  1981  SLO   1:54.07
 22  24  511313 JANKA Carlo  1986  SUI   1:54.35
 23  21  50625 RAICH Benjamin  1978  AUT   1:55.20
 24  23  534562 LIGETY Ted  1984  USA   1:55.69
Did not finish 1st run
   10  421328 SVINDAL Aksel Lund  1982  NOR 

Hank McKee

Senior Editor

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