Bad Kleinkirchheim, Austria, is hosting this weekend the world Cup of alpine skiing, a kind of Kitzbühel for the ladies of the speed in which the demanding character password, however the second plan because of a snow +dead+.
to try To save the races, the organizers have moved the super-G on Saturday, in place of the descent, the race queen being postponed to Sunday.
They hope by this inversion as the temperatures drop, announced by the weather, will have time to firm up the snowpack on the track dedicated to the great champion Franz Klammer, +kaiser+ downhill in the 70’s and 80’s.
The first training session was canceled on Thursday. “Snow is dead, there is nothing more in it. I don’t see what you can do with it”, was entrusted to Lindsey Vonn, the American in the 78 world Cup victories. “In the state, it appears to me to be too dangerous before the olympics”, was estimated Vonn, who remains on a victory in the super-G in Val d’isere, on December 16, 2017.
The Austrian Nicole Schmidhofer, world champion in super-G, has matured, qualifying the track Franz Klammer of “dangerous and not skiable”.
The mild temperatures are not only responsible for the poor quality of the track, said the coach of austrian Jürgen Kriechbaum, who has pointed to deficiencies in the preparation.
– Training sprint –
To preserve the bottom of the track, especially the damaged, the jury and the organizers have, therefore, opted Friday for a session very short workout Friday, the start of the descent to the super G, less than forty seconds on the most steep and demanding path.
In this particular year, the young Austrian Christina Ager has been the fastest (38 sec 00), in front of the Italian Sofia Goggia and the Liechstenteinoise Tina Weirather, 9 and 13/100.
Ager as well as its partners of the Wunderteam were trained on the +Franz Klammer+ before Christmas, a definite advantage all that Bad Kleinkirchheim was no longer at the displays of the major circuit for the past six years.
And then the Austrians have shown their speed potential in the beginning of the season: Cornelia Hütter has won the 1st downhill in Lake Louise, on the 1st of December, and Anna Veith-Fenninger dominated the second super-G in Val d’isère on December 17.
And Vonn’ After spending the holidays at her home in the United States, the queen of the speed is prepared in particular with the chutes in italy, in the Dolomites, at the pass of San Pellegrino.
– Without Shiffrin –
Flying over the general standings of the world Cup, with already 11 success this season, the American Mikaela Shiffrin, almost unbeatable in slalom, has not made the movement in Carinthia.
Even if it is now a part of the best also in speed, the prodigy feels the need to blow and to cause, after a series of nine victories in ten races in the technical disciplines.
The French have, they, need to run. With the exception of the double world champion of giant Tessa Worley, in search of a first +top 3+ in the super-G, the other +Blue+ are in progress but still far from the podium, points out Alberto Senigagliesi, responsible for the Italian group speed.
It is the policy of small steps to “athletes who have the opportunities and desire.
Saturday: super-G (start 10: 45 local, 09h45 GMT)
Sunday: descent (departure 11: 15 local 10: 15 GMT)