LAKE LOUISE,CANADA,02.DEC.15 - ALPINE SKIING - FIS World Cup, downhill training, ladies. Image shows Cornelia Huetter (AUT). Photo: GEPA pictures/ Christopher Kelemen

LAKE LOUISE, Alberta – The World Cup speed ladies were caught a bit off guard on a less familiar track in Lake Louise this year during their opening downhill training run, as the course utilizes more terrain and larger features than in previous editions. The Austrian team demonstrated the strongest ability to make adjustments from inspection, and Cornelia Huetter led the way with the fastest training run time of 1:51.54. She was followed by her teammate Nicole Schmidhofer at 0.83 seconds back, while Swiss star Lara Gut was 0.97 seconds back.

Four Austrian skiers produced results among the five fastest times, all within one second of Huetter.

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“I had a solid run but there are still sections where I can improve like going over these new rollers,” said Huetter. “It’s nice to be the fastest, but that’s only the first training and we cannot take it too seriously.”

Lindsey Vonn skied the fastest first split and was carrying speed into the middle of the course, but that’s where her intrepid approach may have gotten the better of her.

“There’s some new terrain on the course this year, and I came into a section with more speed than I anticipated and just kind of launched off of it and was going the wrong direction,” said Vonn. “That’s what training runs are for, to kind of get the feeling and see what speed you have, where you can push the line and where you can’t. I definitely learned a bit about the new terrain today, and hopefully tomorrow goes a little better.”

Despite finishing over four seconds behind the leader’s time, Vonn plans to push hard again in Thursday’s final training run.

“Tomorrow I’m definitely not going to back off because I need to be able to see what speed I’m going to have coming into those bumps and how to best carry my speed through them instead of launching off of them,” she noted. “I’m definitely going to have to try to push things tomorrow and see how it works out, see if I have to make any more adjustments for the races.”

Independent Canadian skier Larisa Yurkiw led the charge for North Americans, finishing 10th. The U.S. Ski Team’s Laurenne Ross and  Stacey Cook were 11th and 15th, respectively.

Gut, eager to take advantage of a short window of opportunity to train afternoon slalom, declined interviews following her downhill run. A course hold after Daniela Merighetti’s start in bib 11 concerned spectators as the rescue helicopter took off from the finish area. Merighetti was evacuated from the course using the long line, but her team reports that she suffered a laceration to her hip, likely from a ski edge, but is still hopeful to race. Her name was left on the board for Thursday’s training run. Last season the Italian broke her jaw and leg in two separate crashes during the winter.


Official Results

 1 8 56128HUETTER Cornelia1992AUT 1:51.54
 2 7 55970SCHMIDHOFER Nicole1989AUT 1:52.37 +0.83
 3 9 516138GUT Lara1991SUI 1:52.51 +0.97
 4 22 56087SIEBENHOFER Ramona1991AUT 1:52.52 +0.98
 5 5 56125PUCHNER Mirjam1992AUT 1:52.53 +0.99
 6 27 296427SCHNARF Johanna1984ITA 1:52.69 +1.15
 7 4 296431STUFFER Verena1984ITA 1:52.97 +1.43
 8 12 355050WEIRATHER Tina1989LIE 1:53.03 +1.49
 9 13 505886KLING Kajsa1988SWE 1:53.14 +1.60
 10 6 106849YURKIW Larisa1988CAN 1:53.32 +1.78
 11 10 538573ROSS Laurenne1988USA 1:53.55 +2.01
 12 17 205218REBENSBURG Viktoria1989GER 1:53.60 +2.06
 13 14 296472FANCHINI Elena1985ITA 1:53.72 +2.18
 14 3 196968BAILET Margot1990FRA 1:53.77 +2.23
 15 19 537582COOK Stacey1984USA 1:53.87 +2.33
 16 18 515766SUTER Fabienne1985SUI 1:53.89 +2.35
 17 36 516145KUENG Mirena1988SUI 1:54.02 +2.48
 18 23 425880SEJERSTED Lotte Smiseth1991NOR 1:54.03 +2.49
 19 15 55576GOERGL Elisabeth1981AUT 1:54.19 +2.65
 20 33 516185HAEHLEN Joana1992SUI 1:54.22 +2.68
 21 31 516319SUTER Corinne1994SUI 1:54.59 +3.05
 22 24 297702MARSAGLIA Francesca1990ITA 1:54.67 +3.13
 23 26 565360STUHEC Ilka1990SLO 1:54.69 +3.15
 24 1 538685MCKENNIS Alice1989USA 1:54.74 +3.20
 25 32 56088TIPPLER Tamara1991AUT 1:54.75 +3.21
 26 21 296729FANCHINI Nadia1986ITA 1:54.78 +3.24
 27 30 197295PIOT Jennifer1992FRA 1:54.92 +3.38
 28 40 197615BESSY Anouk1995FRA 1:55.06 +3.52
 29 2 56177VENIER Stephanie1993AUT 1:55.11 +3.57
 30 25 375018COLETTI Alexandra1983MON 1:55.17 +3.63
 31 42 155563KRIZOVA Klara1989CZE 1:55.25 +3.71
 31 41 6535455JOHNSON Breezy1996USA 1:55.25 +3.71
 33 34 56311REISINGER Elisabeth1996AUT 1:55.40 +3.86
 34 16 537544VONN Lindsey1984USA 1:55.61 +4.07
 35 20 245066MIKLOS Edit1988HUN 1:55.70 +4.16
 36 51 297910CURTONI Elena1991ITA 1:55.71 +4.17
 37 43 516219NUFER Priska1992SUI 1:55.77 +4.23
 38 37 515997FEIERABEND Denise1989SUI 1:56.01 +4.47
 39 47 107613GRENIER Valerie1996CAN 1:56.41 +4.87
 40 50 206520DORSCH Patrizia1994GER 1:56.59 +5.05
 41 53 506584RAPAPORT Helena1994SWE 1:56.72 +5.18
 42 46 197641GAUCHE Laura1995FRA 1:56.77 +5.23
 43 49 539363GHENT Abby1992USA 1:56.86 +5.32
 44 48 539457MARNO Anna1992USA 1:57.08 +5.54
 45 39 56200NICOLUSSI Kerstin1994AUT 1:57.09 +5.55
 46 28 55913MOSER Stefanie1988AUT 1:57.14 +5.60
 47 55 56224MAIER Sabrina1994AUT 1:57.23 +5.69
 48 44 206548MAGG Ann Katrin1994GER 1:57.79 +6.25
 49 38 197665LARROUY Noemie1995FRA 1:58.02 +6.48
 50 35 197497MIRADOLI Romane1994FRA 1:58.07 +6.53
 51 45 565333BRODNIK Vanja1989SLO 1:58.34 +6.80
 52 52 196928WORLEY Tessa1989FRA 1:58.67 +7.13
 53 56 465098CAILL Ania Monica1995ROU 2:00.47 +8.93
 54 54 115115BARAHONA Noelle1990CHI 2:02.45 +10.91
Did not finish 1st run
 29 539536WILES Jacqueline1992USA
 11 296008MERIGHETTI Daniela1981ITA