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SKI ALPIN - FIS WC Beaver Creek, Vorberichte, Abfahrtstraining

Stacey Cook fights for the line during downhill training (GEPA/Christian Walgram)

BEAVER CREEK, Colo. — Much can be learned in two days of downhill training, especially on the new course.

American Stacey Cook, who finished 21st in Tuesday’s inaugural training run on Beaver Creek’s Raptor, charged to first position Wednesday, thanks in part to a major equipment change.

“I went on a little different setup today and crossed the finish line and was like, ‘Yeah, I think that’s going to work,’” said Cook. “On this course, I really wanted to dial the line yesterday, but it took today, as well. I think I have the line. I think I know what skis I’m going to ski on. I’m just going to keep looking for speed tomorrow.”

Cook finished fourth in the downhill standings last year. She was hot in the early part of the season, taking back-to-back second-place finishes at Lake Louise, a course with few comparisons to the steep and highly technical Raptor.

“I got to work with Rossignol this summer and got to build my own ski — and it’s working,” added Cook. “It’s really rewarding to have built a ski that is proving itself.”

Leanne Smith, who also saw an improvement in the second day of training, finishing 14th, said it’s important to remember that these training runs are part of a progression.

“We have three training runs here. It’s important to get your bearings and to be able to move in a positive direction. As we go on with these runs, I think you’ll see more improvement from each and every one of us. … We brought the line in in a lot of places. But that means you need to be on it way more. Things were coming at me a little faster today. A lot of us were skiing too round yesterday.”

Cook and Smith agreed that there have been some changes to the course and the set — compared to last spring when they trained on it — that should actually make things more favorable for the U.S. team.

“There are a few sections where we were running things rounder in April. It was harder to make turns and make the gates — very turny and grindy. It’s a lot more open and figured out for the World Cup,” said Smith. “The snow conditions are a little more challenging, a little more firm.”

“They widened the trail in some crucial parts in the spring where we saw it need to be widened,” said Cook. “In the spring, it was so narrow the fences were right in your face. Now, there’s a little more space, you can actually see the gates rather than just fences all the time.

“They kind of let the bottom go a little bit. In the spring, they really wanted to make it turny — that was their whole deal. We said, ‘It’s downhill. Let us go. We need speed.’ They seem to listen to us because there’s still some big turns up there, but it’s not like what we had in the spring.”

It’s fair to say there’s been broad approval of the Beaver Creek course from the international racers, as well.

“I think it’s the greatest downhill I ever skied,” said Tina Weirather, who finished second Wednesday. “There’s everything in it. It’s steep. There are jumps. There is a lot of terrain. … I tried to find the line a little bit better today than yesterday. It was pretty impressive for all the girls. Today, we pushed it a little harder.”

Weirather plans to again hammer it in tomorrow’s final day of training, saying “It’s not the kind of track where you don’t go hard. You can’t hold the line. You’re always too late.”

Lara Gut was again on the podium, slipping back a couple spots from opening day to finish third. Her time was certainly not helped by a significant mistake in the challenging Banshee Bank section in the lower third of the course.

Results – Downhill Training Day 2

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Total Time FIS Points
 1  13  537582 COOK Stacey 1984 USA  1:42.03
 2  10  355050 WEIRATHER Tina 1989 LIE  1:42.10
 3  15  516138 GUT Lara 1991 SUI  1:42.12
 4  6  55947 FENNINGER Anna 1989 AUT  1:42.33
 5  4  55766 STERZ Regina 1985 AUT  1:42.52
 6  18  565360 STUHEC Ilka 1990 SLO  1:42.59
 7  25  515573 AUFDENBLATTEN Fraenzi 1981 SUI  1:42.67
 8  41  55690 HOSP Nicole 1983 AUT  1:42.73
 8  3  515766 SUTER Fabienne 1985 SUI  1:42.73
 10  32  298323 GOGGIA Sofia 1992 ITA  1:42.76
 11  2  55576 GOERGL Elisabeth 1981 AUT  1:43.05
 12  14  206001 HOEFL-RIESCH Maria 1984 GER  1:43.13
 13  21  515747 GISIN Dominique 1985 SUI  1:43.23
 14  8  538305 SMITH Leanne 1987 USA  1:43.24
 15  20  565243 MAZE Tina 1983 SLO  1:43.32
 16  27  55750 FISCHBACHER Andrea 1985 AUT  1:43.50
 17  48  55970 SCHMIDHOFER Nicole 1989 AUT  1:43.54
 18  24  297702 MARSAGLIA Francesca 1990 ITA  1:43.65
 19  11  537545 MANCUSO Julia 1984 USA  1:43.68
 20  7  515806 JNGLIN-KAMER Nadja 1986 SUI  1:43.73
 21  26  425880 SEJERSTED Lotte Smiseth 1991 NOR  1:43.77
 22  35  56125 PUCHNER Mirjam 1992 AUT  1:43.81
 22  17  55913 MOSER Stefanie 1988 AUT  1:43.81
 24  19  296431 STUFFER Verena 1984 ITA  1:44.03
 25  29  515782 KAUFMANN-ABDERHALDEN Marianne 1986 SUI  1:44.08
 26  37  56088 TIPPLER Tamara 1991 AUT  1:44.14
 27  12  196460 MARCHAND-ARVIER Marie 1985 FRA  1:44.16
 28  9  296008 MERIGHETTI Daniela 1981 ITA  1:44.22
 29  34  516185 HAEHLEN Joana 1992 SUI  1:44.27
 29  33  515849 DETTLING Andrea 1987 SUI  1:44.27
 31  44  297134 BORSOTTI Camilla 1988 ITA  1:44.32
 32  39  516219 NUFER Priska 1992 SUI  1:44.46
 33  58  539536 WILES Jacqueline 1992 USA  1:44.47
 34  36  56128 HUETTER Cornelia 1992 AUT  1:44.66
 35  45  565320 FERK Marusa 1988 SLO  1:44.72
 36  57  196968 BAILET Margot 1990 FRA  1:44.82
 37  54  206367 HRONEK Veronique 1991 GER  1:44.86
 38  43  197295 PIOT Jennifer 1992 FRA  1:44.91
 39  47  206460 WENIG Michaela 1992 GER  1:44.98
 40  16  538573 ROSS Laurenne 1988 USA  1:45.00
 41  59  55818 KOEHLE Stefanie 1986 AUT  1:45.08
 42  60  197006 GAUTHIER Marine 1990 FRA  1:45.12
 43  42  56177 VENIER Stephanie 1993 AUT  1:45.19
 44  23  296729 FANCHINI Nadia 1986 ITA  1:45.20
 45  5  495318 RUIZ CASTILLO Carolina 1981 SPA  1:45.23
 46  28  296472 FANCHINI Elena 1985 ITA  1:45.25
 47  46  245066 MIKLOS Edit 1988 HUN  1:45.30
 48  53  56087 SIEBENHOFER Ramona 1991 AUT  1:45.32
 49  31  196928 WORLEY Tessa 1989 FRA  1:45.33
 50  50  298084 AGERER Lisa Magdalena 1991 ITA  1:45.51
 51  51  197497 MIRADOLI Romane 1994 FRA  1:45.68
 52  55  106849 YURKIW Larisa 1988 CAN  1:45.71
 53  1  296427 SCHNARF Johanna 1984 ITA  1:45.84
 54  52  515997 FEIERABEND Denise 1989 SUI  1:45.96
 55  40  155563 KRIZOVA Klara 1989 CZE  1:46.28
 56  56  485631 YAKOVISHINA Elena 1992 RUS  1:46.49
 56  38  565333 BRODNIK Vanja 1989 SLO  1:46.49
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