Maze has fastest first training run in Lenzerheide


Tina Maze in the first downhill training run. GEPA/Wolfgang Grebien)

Tina Maze in the first downhill training run. GEPA/Wolfgang Grebien

LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland – One year ago, both the downhill and super G at World Cup Finals had to be canceled due to poor weather conditions. This year, the forecast for the week couldn’t be better and will allow the best racers of the season to battle it out for top honors in amazing conditions. In the first women’s training session before Wednesday’s downhill race, Slovenia’s Tina Maze posted the fastest time in 1:34.05. Switzerland’s Fabienne Suter was second, 0.10 seconds off the pace, while Austria’s Anna Fenninger was third, 0.31 seconds adrift.

Downhill leader Maria Hoefl-Riesch was over one second slower. Heading into Finals, the super combined Olympic champion has an 80-point lead over Anna Fenninger in the downhill standings and is 29 points ahead of her in the overall standings as well. The battle for the overall title will certainly be intense until the end of the week.

“It is for sure a challenging course, but I really like it,” said Fenninger. “It’s quite turny and that fits my style.”

Julia Mancuso was the fastest American in eighth, followed by Stacey Cook in 19th. There are no Canadian ladies competing in the downhill at Finals this year.

A second training is scheduled for Tuesday (March 11) for the ladies to adjust their lines.

Release courtesy of FIS

 

RESULTS

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Total Time Diff.
 1  12  565243 MAZE Tina 1983 SLO  1:34.05
 2  2  515766 SUTER Fabienne 1985 SUI  1:34.15  +0.10
 3  11  55947 FENNINGER Anna 1989 AUT  1:34.36  +0.31
 4  23  515573 AUFDENBLATTEN Fraenzi 1981 SUI  1:34.85  +0.80
 5  17  516138 GUT Lara 1991 SUI  1:34.87  +0.82
 6  16  55576 GOERGL Elisabeth 1981 AUT  1:35.20  +1.15
 7  14  206001 HOEFL-RIESCH Maria 1984 GER  1:35.21  +1.16
 8  4  537545 MANCUSO Julia 1984 USA  1:35.36  +1.31
 9  22  296008 MERIGHETTI Daniela 1981 ITA  1:35.53  +1.48
 10  18  56128 HUETTER Cornelia 1992 AUT  1:35.66  +1.61
 11  3  55766 STERZ Regina 1985 AUT  1:35.83  +1.78
 12  8  55750 FISCHBACHER Andrea 1985 AUT  1:35.88  +1.83
 13  6  55970 SCHMIDHOFER Nicole 1989 AUT  1:36.00  +1.95
 13  5  505886 KLING Kajsa 1988 SWE  1:36.00  +1.95
 15  10  515747 GISIN Dominique 1985 SUI  1:36.26  +2.21
 16  19  55690 HOSP Nicole 1983 AUT  1:36.51  +2.46
 17  21  55913 MOSER Stefanie 1988 AUT  1:36.73  +2.68
 18  9  425880 SEJERSTED Lotte Smiseth 1991 NOR  1:36.76  +2.71
 19  7  537582 COOK Stacey 1984 USA  1:36.83  +2.78
 20  20  495318 RUIZ CASTILLO Carolina 1981 SPA  1:36.96  +2.91
 20  13  296472 FANCHINI Elena 1985 ITA  1:36.96  +2.91
 22  1  515806 JNGLIN-KAMER Nadja 1986 SUI  1:37.68  +3.63
 23  15  515782 KAUFMANN-ABDERHALDEN Marianne 1986 SUI  1:38.22  +4.17

 

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