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First half of final men's DH training in the books

It is safe to say the track for the men’s downhill got faster as the world’s best took at least half of their final training run Friday (Feb. 8) ahead of Saturday’s World Championship downhill. The bottom of the course will be tested in an added training run of the steep and technical last section on Saturday morning before the race.

The bib numbers of the four fastest finishers were 35 (Brice Roger of France – pictured), 29 (Andrej Sporn of Solvenia), 25 (Marco Sullivan of the US) and  55 (Andrew Weibrecht of the US). That doesn’t look that bad from a US point of view, but expecting the same condition changes Saturday would be a fool’s expectation.

It was the first day since the 42nd World Championships started that the weather was primarily sunny and visibility was excellent. It was also considerably colder, so the track got harder, icy basically, and therefore faster.

“It was nice to have sun,” said Sullivan, quipping, “It shed a new light, literally, on the course.” The  Planai race hill is loaded with terrain and some healthy sized jumps. “You could see where you were going to take off on the jumps and could see all the little bumps you had to absorb. Today I could sit in the drivers seat and plow through all the terrain and create speed rather than sitting on the heels.”

The two phase training run has definitely raised some concerns and criticism. Particularly because the last pitch into the finish stadium is among the trickier portions of the course.

It’s a shame we couldn’t run to the bottom,” said defending downhill champion Erik Guay. “It seems like a minor league kind of move, but it is what it is and everybody is in the same boat.”

Klaus Kroell was the fastest of the first seed skiers in sixth place with Aksel Lund Svindal in eighth and Guay 10th. Canadian Jan Hudec, the ninth starter, missed the honor of leading all Canadians by one hundredth in 11th.

It was a training run, and that needs to be kept in perspective. “I thought I skied really well,” said Steven Nyman who wound up buried in 30th. “I hit what I wanted to hit. I was on different skis, different bases, we try whatever out during the training runs and see what’s running.”

So far no one has done enough on the Planai to make themselves a prohibitive favorite. Saturday’s downhill will prove interesting.

Gepa photo

Schladming (AUT)
Training
Men’s Downhill
Feb. 8, 2013
Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Total Time FIS Points
 1  35  194190 ROGER Brice  1990  FRA   1:37.70  
 2  29  560447 SPORN Andrej  1981  SLO   1:38.03  
 3  25  533131 SULLIVAN Marco  1980  USA   1:38.18  
 4  55  530939 WEIBRECHT Andrew  1986  USA   1:38.23  
 5  40  294277 KLOTZ Siegmar  1987  ITA   1:38.26  
 6  18  50753 KROELL Klaus  1980  AUT   1:38.39  
 7  30  510890 ZURBRIGGEN Silvan  1981  SUI   1:38.43  
 8  15  421328 SVINDAL Aksel Lund  1982  NOR   1:38.52  
 9  39  53902 MAYER Matthias  1990  AUT   1:38.54  
 10  17  102263 GUAY Erik  1981  CAN   1:38.80  
 11  9  102271 HUDEC Jan  1981  CAN   1:38.81  
 12  10  51327 PUCHNER Joachim  1987  AUT   1:38.85  
 13  24  50858 STREITBERGER Georg  1981  AUT   1:38.86  
 14  28  530874 GANONG Travis  1988  USA   1:38.90  
 14  16  291459 PARIS Dominik  1989  ITA   1:38.90  
 16  1  292514 HEEL Werner  1982  ITA   1:38.94  
 17  22  511139 KUENG Patrick  1984  SUI   1:39.01  
 18  54  510997 BERTHOD Marc  1983  SUI   1:39.11  
 19  20  51215 BAUMANN Romed  1986  AUT   1:39.15  
 20  36  180570 ROMAR Andreas  1989  FIN   1:39.22  
 21  12  192746 THEAUX Adrien  1984  FRA   1:39.27  
 22  3  51332 SCHEIBER Florian  1987  AUT   1:39.32  
 23  21  102899 OSBORNE-PARADIS Manuel  1984  CAN   1:39.40  
 24 d>  52  561217 KOSI Klemen  1991  SLO   1:39.41  
 25  13  510727 DEFAGO Didier  1977  SUI   1:39.45  
 26  42  293550 MARSAGLIA Matteo  1985  ITA   1:39.52  
 27  53  511352 VILETTA Sandro  1986  SUI   1:39.53  
 28  14  50742 REICHELT Hannes  1980  AUT   1:39.57  
 29  26  511313 JANKA Carlo  1986  SUI   1:39.61  
 30  8  53817 FRANZ Max  1989  AUT   1:39.64  
 30  5  533866 "print0" style="font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 9px; line-height: normal; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, Geneva, Swiss, SunSans-Regular; background-color: #ffffff; vertical-align: top;">NYMAN Steven  1982  USA   1:39.64  
 32  11  292455 FILL Peter  1982  ITA   1:39.66  
 33  19  293006 INNERHOFER Christof  1984  ITA   1:39.72  
 34  41  6530319 COCHRAN-SIEGLE Ryan  1992  USA   1:39.75  
 35  27  201606 KEPPLER Stephan  1983  GER   1:39.81  
 36  38  511529 GISIN Marc  1988  SUI   1:39.85  
 37  45  150398 BANK Ondrej  1980  CZE   1:39.88  
 38  7  191964 POISSON David  1982  FRA   1:39.97  
 39  50  561216 KLINE Bostjan  1991  SLO   1:40.17  
 40  57  430429 BYDLINSKI Maciej  1988  POL   1:40.24  
 40  48  192504 MERMILLOD BLONDIN Thomas  1984  FRA   1:40.24  
 42  6  103271 THOMSEN Benjamin  1987  CAN   1:40.43  
 43  43  501439 HEDIN Douglas  1990  SWE   1:40.50  
 44  61  20324 OLIVERAS Marc  1991  AND   1:40.51  
 45  44  481705 GLEBOV Alexander  1983  RUS   1:40.61  
 46  46  531452 BIESEMEYER Thomas  1989  USA   1:40.64  
 47  31  50625 RAICH Benjamin  1978  AUT   1:40.75  
 48  23  192932 FAYED Guillermo  1985  FRA   1:40.76  
 49  34  194364 PINTURAULT Alexis  1991  FRA   1:40.78  
 50  56  20267 ESTEVE Kevin  1989  AND   1:40.86  
 51  47  400281 VAN HEEK Marvin  1991  NED   1:40.89  
 52  49  491129 TERRA Ferran  1987  SPA   1:41.03  
 53  51  491151 DE LA CUESTA Paul  1988  SPA   1:41.06  
 54  58  481054 MURAVYEV Ivan  1989  RUS   1:41.08  
 55  59  660021 DANILOCHKIN Yuri  1991  BLR   1:41.37  
 56  33  534562 LIGETY Ted  1984  USA   1:41.5
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 57  74  530165 BRANDENBURG Will  1987  USA   1:41.68  
 58  63  380341 ULLRICH Max  1994  CRO   1:41.81  
 59  68  480736 KHOROSHILOV Alexander  1984  RUS   1:41.86  
 60  60  670037 ZAKUR
DAEV Igor 
1987  KAZ   1:42.15  
 61  70  150495 VRABLIK Martin  1982  CZE   1:42.19  
 62  71  700830 ZAMPA Adam  1990  SVK   1:42.50  
 63  76  430472 KLUSAK Michal  1990  POL   1:42.68  
 64  82  400237 MEINERS Maarten  1992  NED   1:42.97  
 65  64  670052 KHUBER Martin  1992  KAZ   1:43.37  
 66  67  90131 GEORGIEV Georgi  1987  BUL   1:43.42  
 67  77  670058 KOSHKIN Dmitriy  1986  KAZ   1:43.60  
 68  66  170131 FAARUP Christoffer  1992  DAN   1:43.96  
 69  69  92534 CHONGAROV Nikola  1989  BUL   1:43.99  
 70  72  92570 GEORGIEV Svetoslav  1991  BUL   1:44.07  
 71  79  410364 FEASEY Willis  1992  NZL   1:44.82  
 72  62  400016 WANDERS Arjan  1978  NED   1:44.86  
 73  73  550022 RODE Roberts  1987  LAT   1:45.04  
 74  80  700868 FALAT Matej  1993  SVK   1:45.60  
 75  78  30283 FREEMAN CRESPO Ignacio  1992  ARG   1:46.13  
 76  83  690086 FESHCHUK Rostyslav  1990  UKR   1:47.28  
 77  81  670029 PIMENOV Taras  1984  KAZ   1:47.50  
Did not start 1st run
   65  30149 SIMARI BIRKNER Cristian Javier  1980  ARG     
   32  380260 KOSTELIC Ivica  1979  CRO     
   4  201811 STECHERT Tobias  1985  GER     
   2  561067 PERKO Rok  1985  SLO     
Did not finish 1st run
   75  710320 LAIKERT Igor  1991  BIH     
   37  511142 LUEOEND Vitus  1984  SUI   

Hank McKee

Senior Editor

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