After the first training session, Nicole Schmidhofer said: “You can’t choose much more difficult if you want to try it again on a racetrack. Bad visibility, unbelievable piste – you wouldn’t normally drive there. ” The Styrian hoped for a better surface, especially in the upper area, and a lack of reaction in her healed knee. “If it doesn’t swell today, it should never swell again.”
Christina Ager was the fastest Austrian in eighth place (+1.18 seconds). Ramona Siebenhofer (10th) was one and a half seconds behind the Italian defender Goggia and led an ÖSV quartet in the order of Christine Scheyer / Mirjam Puchner / Nadine Fest. Tamara Tippler (31st / +3.21) had initially pulled the handbrake on, just like the Swiss Lara Gut-Behrami (+3.05), who was suffering from a stubborn cold. Siebenhofer and Tippler are the only two ÖSV runners who made it onto the podium last year (each one second).
On Friday at 8.30 p.m., the starting shot for three speed blocks in a row will be given with the descent into the Canadian Rockies. After five technical races, the ÖSV women are still without a podium. Overall World Cup title holder Petra Vlhova will not be at the start soon. As announced, the Slovakian is focusing on the technical disciplines and therefore skipping the speed races Lake Louise, St. Moritz and Val d’Isere and only returns to Courchevel just before Christmas.
There are still two training sessions on the program on Wednesday and Thursday. FIS race director Peter Gerdol spoke in advance of the importance of the Tuesday exercise, because the weather situation in the next 48 hours is uncertain. “We already expect snowfall tomorrow and the day after tomorrow,” said Gerdol and calmed down for the weekend with two runs and a Super-G. “The weekend is looking good right now.”
Last week only one of the three men’s races could be held at the same place. For the men, after a temporary corona confusion, the first and only downhill training on the Birds of Prey in Beaver Creek will continue on Wednesday. The first Super-G of the season will take place on Thursday, after that in Lake Louise had to be canceled.