Marchand-Arvier leads first Garmisch downhill training run, Vonn second


France’s Marie Marchand-Arvier lead the way today (Feb. 2) in the first of two downhill training runs ahead of World Cup races planned this weekend in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.

Though she missed a gate, Marchand-Arvier skied the 1.7-mile Kandahar course, home of last year’s world championships, in one minute, 47.85 seconds. American overall leader and winner of three downhill races this season, Lindsey Vonn was 0.21 seconds behind with the second fastest time. Italian Daniela Merighetti was another 0.47 seconds back in the third position.

Racers wore face masks and insulating tape today to protect against below-freezing temperatures (12 F) on a snowy, foggy day in the Bavarian mountains. Course crew worked to clear about four inches of snow that accumulated on the course over night.  

Austrian Elisabeth Goergl, who won both downhill and super G world championships here last year, took the fourth fastest time, 0.93 seconds off the leading pace.

Garmisch local Maria Hoefl-Riesch, coming off of her first win of the season in a super combined in St. Moritz on Sunday, was sixth fastest today.

Americans Stacey Cook and Laurenne Ross gained confidence for Saturday’s race with top-15 finishes today in seventh and 15th, respectively. Alice McKennis finished 28th ahead of teammate Julia Mancuso in 31st. Leanne Smith, did not finish.

Canadians Larisa Yurkiw and Kelly VanderBeek finished 43rd and 50th, respectively.

There is a second downhill training run scheduled for tomorrow. Racing begins Saturday with the downhill and continues on Sunday with a super G.

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Total Time
 1  12  196460 MARCHAND-ARVIER Marie  1985  FRA   1:47.85
 2  15  537544 VONN Lindsey  1984  USA   1:48.06
 3  13  296008 MERIGHETTI Daniela  1981  ITA   1:48.53
 4  16  55576 GOERGL Elisabeth  1981  AUT   1:48.78
 5  3  296427 SCHNARF Johanna  1984  ITA   1:49.04
 6  14  206001 HOEFL-RIESCH Maria  1984  GER   1:49.18
 7  22  537582 COOK Stacey  1984  USA   1:49.25
 8  8  195983 ROLLAND Marion  1982  FRA   1:49.36
 9  23  205218 REBENSBURG Viktoria  1989  GER   1:49.38
 10  6  425880 SEJERSTED Lotte Smiseth  1991  NOR   1:49.56
 11  21  55947 FENNINGER Anna  1989  AUT   1:49.63
 12  17  355050 WEIRATHER Tina  1989  LIE   1:49.65
 13  19  565243 MAZE Tina  1983  SLO   1:49.76
 14  9  505483 PAERSON Anja  1981  SWE   1:50.09
 15  28  538573 ROSS Laurenne  1988  USA   1:50.24
 16  37  196968 BAILET Margot  1990  FRA   1:50.25
 17  10  296472 FANCHINI Elena  1985  ITA   1:50.37
 18  27  495318 RUIZ CASTILLO Carolina  1981  SPA   1:50.39
 18  1  196573 REVILLET Aurelie  1986  FRA   1:50.39
 20  40  55766 MADER Regina  1985  AUT   1:50.41
 21  30  515806 KAMER Nadja  1986  SUI   1:50.47
 22  38  297134 BORSOTTI Camilla  1988  ITA   1:50.61
 23  7  565320 FERK Marusa  1988  SLO   1:50.75
 23  4  515573 AUFDENBLATTEN Fraenzi  1981  SUI   1:50.75
 25  2  295533 RECCHIA Lucia  1980  ITA   1:50.84
 26  50  375018 COLETTI Alexandra  1983  MON   1:50.90
 26  20  516138 GUT Lara  1991  SUI   1:50.90
 28  5  538685 MCKENNIS Alice  1989  USA   1:51.00
 29  47  297910 CURTONI Elena  1991  ITA   1:51.38
 30  34  505886 KLING Kajsa  1988  SWE   1:51.39
 31  18  537545 MANCUSO Julia  1984  USA   1:51.40
 32  48  298084 AGERER Lisa Magdalena  1991  ITA   1:51.42
 33  44  516145 KUENG Mirena  1988  SUI   1:51.48
 34  36  55970 SCHMIDHOFER Nicole  1989  AUT   1:51.53
 35  33  55913 MOSER Stefanie  1988  AUT   1:51.60
 36  29  296431 STUFFER Verena  1984  ITA   1:51.68
 37  25  55978 VOGLREITER Mariella  1989  AUT   1:51.69
 38  54  55818 KOEHLE Stefanie  1986  AUT   1:51.72
 39  45  297702 MARSAGLIA Francesca  1990  ITA   1:51.84
 40  39  196812 PELLISSIER Marion  1988  FRA   1:51.92
 41  49  197006 GAUTHIER Marine  1990  FRA   1:51.96
 42  51  206367 HRONEK Veronique  1991  GER   1:52.34
 43  35  106849 YURKIW Larisa  1988  CAN   1:52.59
 44  41  55806 ALTACHER Margret  1986  AUT   1:52.62
 45  46  297153 CIPRIANI Enrica  1988  ITA   1:53.07
 46  52  505632 LINDELL-VIKARBY Jessica  1984  SWE   1:53.30
 47  42  515560 SCHILD Martina  1981  SUI   1:53.42
 48  53  245066 MIKLOS Edit  1988  HUN   1:53.61
 49  43  55882 STAUDINGER Christina  1987  AUT   1:54.08
 50  32  106402 VANDERBEEK Kelly  1983  CAN   1:55.11
 51  11  55750 FISCHBACHER Andrea  1985  AUT   1:55.37
 52  24  565360 STUHEC Ilka  1990  SLO   1:55.39
Did not start 1st run
   31  196928 WORLEY Tessa  1989  FRA   
Did not finish 1st run
   26  538305 SMITH Leanne  1987  USA   

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