Theaux, Guay lead Lake Louise training; US men improve


Erik Guay gave the home standing Canadians reason to heighten their always evident optimism by finishing the final training run of the Lake Louise Winterstart downhill Friday (Nov. 25) with the second fastest time, behind only Frenchman Adrien Theaux. Swede Hans Olsson posted the third fastest time.

“The key word,” said Guay, “is training.”

True enough. Friday’s “race” doesn’t count for anything, though there were a few skiers looking to ski their way into Saturday’s race, the first downhill of the 2012 World Cup season. Asked what he had learned from his run – four and seven tenths seconds out from Theaux’s clocking – Ted Ligety cracked a smile and responded, “I learned I’m not racing tomorrow.”

Not with the showing from the rest of the U.S. group, helped no doubt by Ligety’s course report. Despite some less than ideal start numbers, the group clocked in well. In a bunch start Erik Fisher went from 36th to  20th    Marco Sullivan from 38th to 14th  and Travis Ganong sparked from 39th to eighth. In addition Wiley Maple started 49th and moved up 11 slots to 38th.

Bode Miller finished 26th. Ryan Cochran-Siegle had a strong run from the 72nd start to tie Maple in 38th and Ace Tarberry, skiing from the 81st position when weather had deteriorated at the top of the hill, finished a creditable 55th.

“It was,” said head men’s coach Sasha Rearick, “a good step forward. It was better skiing, but we still have work to do.”

There was snow falling throughout the race and though the sun did create shadows sporadically during the day it was cold (-8c) and more critical to the outcome, it was windy with gusts that hit some racers head on and pushed others along. By the end of the 83 starters, the top third of the course had socked in with fog and swirling wind.

Guay said he had gotten “a little tailwind,” and added “there was a lot of loose snow in the flats. … There was a lot of stuff going on, so as far as a good result on race day, I’m not setting my sites too high.”

With the rest of the Canadian group all down the finish order – Robbie Dixon was respectable in 36th
and Ryan Temple climbed from the 73rd start to post the 43rd fastest time – most  improving minimally or not at all on their start numbers – Guay was a popular guy in the press corrall. But learning he had a bigger objective than a win Saturday caused some pause.

After his back had reacted poorly to the first training run, he said, he was a touch surprise to find himself so relaxed on course Friday. “My objective is to walk away on Sunday with my back feeling good,” he said. “It’s a long season.”

Erik Guay photo by Gepa

Place   Lake Louise (CAN)   Discipline   Downhill
Date   25.11.2011   Category   Training
Race codex   0254   Gender   M
Valid for FIS Points   NO   TD Name   Van Slyke Paul (USA)
       
  

OFFICIAL RESULTS – THIRD TRAINING
Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Total Time
 1  9  192746 THEAUX Adrien  1984  FRA   1:50.25
 2  12  102263 GUAY Erik  1981  CAN   1:50.32
 3  27  501076 OLSSON Hans  1984  SWE   1:50.67
 4  25  51327 PUCHNER Joachim  1987  AUT   1:50.87
 5  20  51215 BAUMANN Romed  1986  AUT   1:50.92
 6  45  53817 FRANZ Max  1989  AUT   1:50.97
 7  10  421328 SVINDAL Aksel Lund  1982  NOR   1:51.01
 8  39  530874 GANONG Travis  1988  USA   1:51.06
 9  48  50742 REICHELT Hannes  1980  AUT   1:51.11
 10  14  511383 FEUZ Beat  1987  SUI   1:51.18
 11  40  53837 KRAMER Manuel  1989  AUT   1:51.26
 12  47  53981 KROELL Johannes  1991  AUT   1:51.42
 13  11  560447 SPORN Andrej  1981  SLO   1:51.45
 14  38  533131 SULLIVAN Marco  1980  USA   1:51.61
 15  5  201606 KEPPLER Stephan  1983  GER   1:51.62
 16  29  292514 HEEL Werner  1982  ITA   1:51.63
 17  31  421483 JANSRUD Kjetil  1985  NOR   1:51.64
 18  43  200379 SANDER Andreas  1989  GER   1:51.66
 19  44  511142 LUEOEND Vitus  1984  SUI   1:51.69
 20  35  534939 FISHER Erik  1985  USA   1:51.71
 21  6  191740 CLAREY Johan  1981  FRA   1:51.76
 22  4  510767 HOFFMANN Ambrosi  1977  SUI   1:51.81
 23  1  192932 FAYED Guillermo  1985  FRA   1:51.84
 24  8  511313 JANKA Carlo  1986  SUI   1:51.86
 25  13  511139 KUENG Patrick  1984  SUI   1:51.97
 26  18  50753 KROELL Klaus  1980  AUT   1:51.98
 26  15  532431 MILLER Bode  1977  USA   1:51.98
 26  7  292455 FILL Peter  1982  ITA   1:51.98
 29  26  291459 PARIS Dominik  1989  ITA   1:52.03
 30  23  511529 GISIN Marc  1988  SUI   1:52.10
 31  65  191964 POISSON David  1982  FRA   1:52.11
 32  16  510030 CUCHE Didier  1974  SUI   1:52.33
 33  52  561087 MARKIC Gasper  1986  SLO   1:52.42
 34  63  294277 KLOTZ Siegmar  1987  ITA   1:52.44
 34  34  201811 STECHERT Tobias  1985  GER   1:52.44
 36  24  191591 BERTRAND Yannick  1980  FRA   1:52.46
 37  36  102961 DIXON Robbie  1985  CAN   1:52.54
 38  72  6530319 COCHRAN-SIEGLE Ryan  1992  USA   1:52.58
 38  49  930024 MAPLE Wiley  1990  USA   1:52.58
 40  62  561216 KLINE Bostjan  1991  SLO   1:52.60
 41  68  53902 MAYER Matthias  1990  AUT   1:52.64
 42  3  560332 JERMAN Andrej  1978  SLO   1:52.68
 43  79  102403 SEMPLE Ryan  1982  CAN   1:52.69
 43  17  510890 ZURBRIGGEN Silvan  1981  SUI   1:52.69
 45  22  380260 KOSTELIC Ivica  1979  CRO   1:52.78
 46  66  510747 GRUENENFELDER Tobias  1977  SUI   1:52.80
 47  69  51401 GRAF Bernhard  1988  AUT   1:52.82
 48  57  561067 PERKO Rok  1985  SLO   1:52.84
 49  51  180570 ROMAR Andreas  1989  FIN   1:52.85
 50  19  293006 INNERHOFER Christof  1984  ITA   1:52.96
 51  64  103090 HELIE Louis-Pierre  1986  CAN   1:53.00
 51  37  530939 WEIBRECHT Andrew  1986  USA   1:53.00
 53  42  293550 MARSAGLIA Matteo  1985  ITA   1:53.04
 54  61  103656 HALBERT Kelby  1990  CAN   1:53.05
 55  81  531156 TARBERRY Ace  1988  USA   1:53.07
 56  55  100558 COOK Dustin  1989  CAN   1:53.14
 57  30  50858 STREITBERGER Georg  1981  AUT   1:53.20
 58  53  380292 ZRNCIC-DIM Natko  1986  CRO   1:53.29
 59  46  500150 JAERBYN Patrik  1969  SWE   1:53.32
 60  21  510727 DEFAGO Didier  1977  SUI   1:53.36
 61  60  54005 STRIEDINGER Otmar  1991  AUT   1:53.37
 62  32  50625 RAICH Benjamin  1978  AUT   1:53.40
 63  54  202059 FERSTL Josef  1988  GER   1:53.43
 64  2  102873 KUCERA John  1984  CAN   1:53.46
 65  67  103385 PRIDY Conrad  1988  CAN   1:53.55
 66  56  294911 PATSCHEIDER Hagen  1988  ITA   1:53.62
 67  78  191746 DE TESSIERES Gauthier  1981  FRA   1:53.67
 68  41  510993 ALBRECHT Daniel  1983  SUI   1:53.71
 69  58  103271 THOMSEN Benjamin  1987  CAN   1:53.94
 70  75  511352 VILETTA Sandro  1986  SUI   1:54.00
 71  73  561085 KRIZAJ Andrej  1986  SLO   1:54.02
 72  50  990081 CASSE Mattia  1990  ITA   1:54.08
 73  77  380298 SIROKI Tin  1987  CRO   1:54.11
 74  70  194190 ROGER Brice  1990  FRA   1:54.14
 75  84  421650 BJERKESTRAND Iver  1987  NOR   1:54.17
 76  59  531452 BIESEMEYER Thomas  1989  USA   1:54.31
 77  80  220874 BALDWIN TJ  1990  GBR   1:54.53
 78  76  220695 CRAWFORD Douglas  1987  GBR   1:54.58
 79  82  531799 FORD Tommy  1989  USA   1:54.79
 80  33  534562 LIGETY Ted  1984  USA   1:54.95
 81  71  534289 FRANK Chris  1983  USA   1:55.01
 82  85  380318 BRIGOVIC Sebastian  1992  CRO   1:57.41
 83  83  400016 WANDERS Arjan  1978  NED   1:59.36
Did not start 1st run
   74  290998 STAUDACHER Patrick  1980  ITA   
   28  102271 HUDEC Jan  1981  CAN 

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